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Preview: Royals at Rockets

Marissa Baecker

The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to build on their two-game win streak tomorrow night when they host the Victoria Royals for Hat-Trick Wednesday at Prospera Place.

The Rockets will also honour captain Nolan Foote ahead of the game. Foote won gold with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships on Sunday; he arrived home to Kelowna last night where he was surprised by the entire team at the airport. Foote’s status for tomorrow will be a game-time decision.

The Rockets are coming off of a three-game weekend that saw them win the final two matchups. Conner McDonald scored the shootout winner over the Vancouver on Giants on Saturday, Kelowna then exploded for seven goals against the Tri-City Americans on Sunday.

The Royals last played on Saturday where the Kamloops Blazers defeated them 5-1 in Kamloops.

B.C. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Kamloops Blazers 38 24 11 2 1 51
2 Kelowna Rockets 38 21 14 1 2 45
3 Victoria Royals 36 21 13 2 o 44
4 Vancouver Giants 37 17 16 2 2 38
5 Prince George Cougars 37 10 22 2 3 25

2019-2020 record vs Victoria Royals: 2-1-0-1

Oct. 29, 2019: KEL 3 at VIC 4 SO

Oct. 30, 2019KEL 1 at VIC 0

Nov. 6, 2019VIC 6 at KEL 3

Nov. 20, 2019: VIC 1 at KEL 4

Jan. 3, 2020VIC 2 at KEL 1

upcoming games

Jan. 8, 2020: VIC at KEL

Feb. 21, 2020: KEL at VIC

Feb. 22, 2020: KEL at VIC

Mar. 11, 2020: VIC at KEL

The last time these two met

Kelowna and Victoria didn’t have to wait long for the rematch, the Rockets fell 2-1 to the Royals this past Friday. Kaedan Korczak scored the lone goal for the Rockets in the losing effort, Kaid Oliver netted both goals for the Royals.

Players To Watch

Kelowna

  • Recently acquired defenceman Conner Mcdonald is starting to heat up. He has three points in his last four outings, McDonald also scored the shootout winner on Saturday night.
  • Matthew Wedman had a career-high four assists in Sunday’s 7-2 win over the Americans.

Victoria 

  • Forward Kaid Oliver scored both goals against the Rockets on Friday. Six of his 25 points this season have come against the Rockets.
  • Overage forward Gary Haden leads the Royals in goals with 14. He sits second in team scoring with 29 points in 32 games played.

Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.


Bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Food Bank to attend the CIBC Family Skate next Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Prospera Place. The entire Rockets team and Memorial Cup will be on hand to take photos. Please note: There will be no skate rentals or skate sharpening on site.

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