|Kelowna Rockets at Tri-City Americans
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Tri-City Americans meet for the second time this season. Back on October 2nd the Rockets were a 6-1 winner. Nolan Foote had 1+3 while Pavel Novak and Dillon Hamaliuk each had 1+2=3 in the lopsided win. The Rockets outshot the Americans 42-20. The Rockets make a return visit to the Toyota Center on January 5th. The Americans are back in Kelowna February 12th. The only US Division team the Rockets haven’t met this season are the Portland Winterhawks. After this game, the Rockets host Edmonton Tuesday night before the Teddy Bear Toss game a week from tonight against the visiting Prince George Cougars.
TALE OF THE TAPE
| Kelowna Rockets (12-8-1-1 – 26 points)
2nd in BC Division | 4th in Western Conference
Power Play: 21/94 – 22.3% (8th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 79/100 – 79.0% (13th in WHL)
Last Ten: 5-4-0-1 Streak: 3-0-0-0
|Tri-City Americans (11-7-1-1 – 24 points)
3rd in US Division | 5th in Western Conference
Power Play: 15/71 – 21.1% (10th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 83/99 – 83.8% (5th in WHL)
Last Ten: 5-3-1-1 Streak: 0-1-1-0
Broadcasters Notebook: Michael Farren played in his 200th career game last Saturday against Kamloops…Pavel Novak is serving game 4 of an 8 game suspension issued by the WHL for a checking from behind major and game misconduct penalty. Novak won’t return until December 10th against Brandon…Leif Mattson played in his 200th career game last night in Seattle…Nolan Foote, Dillon Hamaliuk and Kaedan Korczak played for Team WHL in the Canada-Russia Series. Foote had an assist on the tying goal in Team WHL’s 2-1 overtime victory. Then in the rematch, Nolan Foote scored twice in regulation time and then the shootout winner in a 4-3 victory.
Player Move: The Rockets solidified the goaltending situation, sending 19-year-old James Porter to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. Porter was beat out for the backup job by 18-year-old Cole Schwebius. Porter played in 72 regular-season games with the Rockets but was a healthy scratch for all 15 games this season.
CONTEST ONLY OPEN TO BC RESIDENTS
PIZZA CODE VALID FOR WEST KELOWNA/KELOWNA PAPA JOHN’S LOCATIONS
Sign here please: Dillon Hamaliuk signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks October 25th. Hamaliuk was chosen in the 2nd round by the Sharks in June’s NHL Draft. The 19-year-old joins Nolan Foote, who was signed by Tampa Bay back on June 25th.
Nolan Named Captain: Nolan Foote was named the 25th captain in franchise history (Tacoma+Kelowna) October 18th. Foote joins brother Cal, who captained the Rockets during the 2017-2018 season. Both are first-round selections of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning too. The Rockets selected Foote in the second round, 42nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. This is Foote’s fourth and likely final season in the WHL.
Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm. You can listen to the game on AM 1150, watch on WHL Live or follow the Rockets Twitter for live updates.
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