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Preview: Chiefs vs Rockets

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will be back in action when they wrap up their season series against the  Spokane Chiefs over the weekend.

Kelowna will host Spokane for the first game of a home-and-home series that will shift back to Spokane on Saturday.

During last weekend’s three-game weekend, the Rockets went 2-1. Kelowna secured 3-2 victories in overtime on Friday and Saturday but fell 3-1 to the Vancouver Giants on Sunday.

The Chiefs were on the road in Kamloops last night where they fell 4-2 to the Blazers.

The Rockets have already faced Spokane twice this

B.C. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Kamloops Blazers 47 32 12 2 1 67
2 Victoria Royals 47 25 18 4 0 54
3 Kelowna Rockets 47 23 21 1 2 49
4 Vancouver Giants 45 20 20 3 2 45
5 Prince George Cougars 45 13 25 3 4 33

U.S. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Portland Winterhawks 46 35 6 2 3 75
2 Everett Silvertips 46 31 11 3 1 66
3 Spokane Chiefs 47 25 17 4 1 55
4 Seattle Thunderbirds 46 19 22 3 2 43
5 Tri-City Americans 45 14 26 4 1 33

2019-2020 Season Series vs. Spokane: 0-0-0-0

Sept. 21, 2019: SPO 3 at KEL 4 OT

Nov. 9, 2019: KEL 1 at SPO 6

Jan. 31, 2020: SPO at KEL

Feb. 1, 2020: KEL at SPO

The last time these two met:

The Rockets made a trip to Spokane on November 8th, falling 6-1 to the Chiefs. Mark Liwiski scored the opening goal, but Spokane responded by netting off six straight.

Players to watch

Kelowna

  • Defenceman Tyson Feist was listed by the Chiefs in 2017, playing in eight games for Spokane before being moved to the Regina Pats.
  • The Rockets have called up affiliated player Turner McMillen, the 17-year-old was drafted by the Rockets in 2017. He’s expected to make his WHL debut this weekend against Spokane.

Spokane

  • Defenceman Ty Smith had three assists against the Rockets in their last matchup. The New Jersey Devils prospect has 28 points (7G, 21A) in 29 games this season.
  • Former Rockets James Porter and Leif Mattson now play for the Chiefs.

Tickets for tomorrow’s game are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

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