|Kelowna Rockets at Brandon Wheat Kings
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game four of a six-game Eastern Division road trip tonight in Winnipeg against the ICE. The Rockets have points in 9 games (8-0-0-1) after a 2-1 shootout win last night in Brandon. Matthew Wedman scored in regulation time before beating Jiri Patera for the game-winner in the shootout. Roman Basran was a perfect 3 for 3 in the skills competition. After tonight’s game, the Rockets visit Regina to face the Pats Friday. The road trip comes to an end Saturday in Moose Jaw. Overall, the team has won five straight road games, with all four decided by one goal.
|Kelowna Rockets (17-8-1-2 – 37 points)
2nd in B.C. Division | 3rd in Western Conference
Power Play: 26/127 – 20.5% (9th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 95/119 – 79.8% (10th in WHL)
Last Ten: 8-1-0-1 Streak: 8-0-0-1
|Winnipeg Ice (17-11-1-0 – 35 points)
2nd in East Division | 5th in Eastern Conference
Power Play: 28/128 – 21.9% (5th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 59/87 – 67.8% (22nd in WHL)
Last Ten: 4-0-0-0 Streak: 7-3-0-0
Bigger, Faster, Stronger: The team added size and scoring touch with the acquisition of 20-year-old Matthew Wedman from the Seattle Thunderbirds last Thursday. Wedman led the T-Birds in scoring last season with 40+37=77 and played 275 games in a Seattle uniform. The Rockets also completed a trade with the Moose Jaw Warriors November 24th by acquiring 20-year-old Jadon Joseph. Joseph was a member of the Vancouver Giants last season that went all the way to the WHL final. Joseph has 58 games of playoff experience under his belt, the most on the Rockets roster.
Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets have three Manitoba born players on its roster. They include Mark Liwiski (Dauphin), Dallon Wilton (Beausejour) and Jake Poole (McAuley)…The Rockets dealt 20-year-old Leif Mattson to Spokane last Thursday for a third round bantam pick….The Rockets traded 18-year-old d-man Cayde Augustine to Moose Jaw December 2nd for a conditional 6th round bantam pick….Roman Basran was named the WHL Eli Wilson goaltender of the week in back-to-back weeks ending December 1st …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. Foote has been invited to Hockey Canada’s training camp (Dec 9th to Dec 12th) for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The tournament will be played in the Czech Republic.