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Preview: Rockets head south for the weekend

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will head south of the border to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds and Tri-City Americans this weekend.

The Rockets will face the Thunderbirds Friday night, puck drop is set for 7:35 pm at the accesso ShoWare Center. They’ll then battle the Americans at the Toyota Center Saturday night, puck drop is set for 7:05 pm.

Kelowna is coming off of a 4-1 victory over the Victoria Royals on Wednesday night at Prospera Place. Michael Farren was the second star of the game with a goal and an assist, he said that it’s a big weekend for the team.

“Those are big points are coming up for us,” said Farren. “We’re trying to catch Kamloops in the standings. As for Seattle, I think they go pretty hard; they forecheck hard and hit. They usually start off the first period coming to play, I think if we can put them to bed early then, that would be the ideal situation.”

The Kamloops Blazers turned up the heat last night to take down the T-Birds 10-1 last night in Kamloops.

The Tri-City Americans will host the Winnipeg ICE on Friday night before the Rockets roll into town.

B.C. Division Standings

# Team   GP   W   L   OTL   SOL   PTS
1 Kamloops Blazers 22   14 7 0 0 30
T2 Vancouver Giants 23   11 10 1 1 24
T2 Kelowna Rockets 21 11 8 1 1 24
4 Victoria Royals 19   10 8 1 0 21
5 Prince George Cougars 22   4 16 0 2 10

U.S. Division Standings

# Team   GP   W   L   OTL   SOL   PTS
T1 Everett Silvertips 19 14 4 1 0 29
T1 Portland Winterhawks 21 13 5 1 2 29
2 Spokane Chiefs 21 11 8 2 0 24
3 Tri-City Americans 19 11 7 0 1 23
4 Seattle Thunderbirds 20 6 11 2 1 15

2019-2020 record vs. Seattle Thunderbirds: 1-0-0-0

Oct. 11, 2019: Kelowna 8 at Seattle 3

Upcoming games 

Nov. 22, 2019: Kelowna at Seattle

Jan. 24, 2020: Seattle at Kelowna

Mar. 6, 2020: Seattle at Kelowna

2019-2020 record vs. Tri-City Americans: 1-0-0-0

Oct. 2, 2019: Tri-City 1 at Kelowna 6

Upcoming games

Nov. 23, 2019: Kelowna at Tri-City

Jan. 5, 2020: Kelowna at Tri-City

Feb. 12, 2020: Tri-City at Kelowna

Players to watch

Kelowna:

  • Defenceman Jake Lee snuck up into the play last night to score a wrap-around goal, it held up as the game-winning goal. The 6’2, 209-pound defender will be looking to get onto the score sheet against his former team.
  • Forward Alex Swetlikoff stayed hot against the Royals last night with a goal. He has six points (5G, 1A) in seven of his previous games played.

Seattle:

  • Florida Panthers prospect Henrik Rybinski is tied for third in team scoring with 11 points (2G, 9A) in 20 games. He had an assist against the Rockets on October 2.
  • Slovakia product Andrej Kukuca had two assists against the Rockets in the series opener.  The 20-year-old is tied for second in T-Birds scoring with 12 points (6G, 6A) in 20 games.

Tri-City:

  • The Ams were without Anaheim Ducks prospect and captain Kyle Olsen. He has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 14 games this season.
  • Tri-City leading scorer Sasha Mutala wasn’t in the lineup either the last time they faced the Rockets. He has 22 points (8G, 14A) in 18 games.

You can listen to the game on AM 1150, watch on WHL Live or follow the Rockets Twitter for live updates.


Six and twelve game mini-packs are now on sale! Order yours today by filling out this form or by contacting Gavin Hamilton at 250-979-0851 (gavin@kelownarockets.com) or Andrew Deans at 250-979-0863 (Andrew@kelownarockets.com).

 

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