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Preview: Rockets look to jump back into win column against Prince George

Photo Credit Paige Bednorz

The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to start a new win streak tomorrow night when the Prince George Cougars visit Prospera Place tomorrow night.

The Rockets have had two days off following three games in three nights over the weekend, the team went 2-0-1-0 during that stretch.

Kelowna had their five-game win streak snapped by the Kamloops Blazers in overtime on Saturday night at the Sandman Centre. David Kope scored twice, while Mark Liwiski also chipped in a goal in the loss. The Rockets were 12 seconds away from a shootout before Caden Bankier completed the hat trick to lift Kamloops past Kelowna.

Prince George enters Tuesday night’s game with the same amount of points as Kelowna. After falling 2-1 to Victoria in overtime on Friday, the Cougars responded with a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants on Sunday night.

Kelowna has already played the Cougars twice this season, picking up a pair of wins while outscoring them 12-6.

2020-2021 B.C. Division Standings

as of Monday afternoon

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Kamloops Blazers 17 13 4 0 0 26
2 Vancouver Giants 18 10 8 0 0 20
3 Kelowna Rockets 11 8 2 1 0 17
3 Prince George Cougars 17 7 7 2 1 17
5 Victoria Royals 17 2 13 1 1 6


Season series vs PG: 2-0-0-0

Apr. 17 – KEL 7 at PG 5 W

Apr. 23 – PG 1 at KEL 5 W

May 4 – PG at KEL

May 9 – KEL at PG

Players to watch:

Kelowna:

  • Seventeen-year-old rookie Turner McMillen is starting to find his stride. The Rockets ninth-round pick in the 2018 WHL Draft has six points (2G, 4A) over his last five games, including a three-point performance against the Blazers on Saturday.

Prine Geroge Cougars:

  • 2004 born Keaton Dowhaniuk was named to the WHL’s RE/MAX B.C. Hub Team of the Week for the week ending May 2, 2021 after posting five points (1G, 4A) over four games last week. The Sherwood Park, AB product was drafted third overall in the WHL Draft.
  • Goaltender Taylor Gauthier was also named to the team of the week following a 3-0 performance. The Calgary, AB product posted a 1.33 GAA and a .958 save percentage.
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