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Preview: Rockets depart for Prince George

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will face the Prince George Cougars on the road tomorrow night at the CN Centre in Prince George, BC.

The Rockets were last in action on Saturday night where they fell 2-1 to the Kamloops Blazers. Kyle Topping, who scored the lone goal for the Rockets, says that he felt the team played well and they’re prepared to go into Prince George.

“It’s always a challenge going into Kamloops,” said Topping. “I thought we got better as the game went on, we’re just missing a little bit to get those wins. To get there, I think we just have to stick to our structure and play our game plan. I think our coaches are doing a good job of telling us what to do to have success against teams.”

The Cougars will host the Swift Current Broncos tonight before the Rockets roll in tomorrow.

Kelowna currently sits in third place in the B.C. Division with 13 points and a record of 6-4-1-0. They trail the division-leading Kamloops Blazers by three points and the Vancouver Giants by a single point for second. The Victoria Royals are in fourth with nine points, and Prince George sits in fifth place with a record of 3-6-0-1 and seven points.

2019-2020 Season Series vs. Prince George Cougars: 1-1-0-0

Oct. 4, 2019: Kelowna 2 at Prince George 1

Oct. 5, 2019: Kelowna 1 at Prince George 4

upcoming games

Oct. 23, 2019: Kelowna at Prince George

Nov. 1, 2019: Prince George at Kelowna

Nov. 30, 2019: Prince George at Kelowna

Dec. 30, 2019:  Prince George at Kelowna

Feb. 25, 2020: Kelowna at Prince George

Feb. 26, 2020: Kelowna at Prince George

Mar. 18, 2020: Prince George at Kelowna

Players to watch

Kelowna:

  • Overage forward Leif Mattson will be looking to score his first goal of the season. Despite not having a goal yet he leads the Rockets in assists with ten on the season.
  • Pavel Novak has three points against the Cougars this season, including both goals in the 2-1 win on October 4.

Prince George:

  • Josh Maser is tied for first in Cougars in scoring this season with six points (five goals, one assist), two of his goals have come against the Rockets.
  • Filip Koffer is also tied for the lead in Cougars scoring. He was the second star of the October 5 game against the Rockets, He had two goals and an assist.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm in Prince George. 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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