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Preview: Silvertips vs Rockets

The Kelowna Rockets will return home from a four-game road trip to host the Everett Silvertips for the first game of a home-and-home series tomorrow night at Prospera Place.

Tomorrow night is also the Rockets Purolator Tackle Hunger game. By making a cash donation to the Central Okanagan Food Bank you’ll receive a mini stick, and a chance to win an autographed team jersey. 

Kelowna is returning home from a successful road trip that saw the team pick up 7 of a possible 8 points over a four-game span. Last night the Rockets rallied in the third period to down the Cougars 5-4. 

The Rockets will once again be without Nolan Foote, the Rockets captain departed last week for New Jersey to meet with the Devils medical staff.

Sean Comrie (upper-body/week-to-week), Liam Kindree (upper-body/seven-to-eight weeks) and Michael Farren (upper-body/week-to-week) will also be out of the lineup for the Rockets.

The Silvertips moved up from seventh to sixth in the week 23 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Everett is on a six-game winning streak. Their latest win came last night with an 8-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans.

B.C. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 X – Kamloops Blazers 56 35 17 3 1 74
2 X – Victoria Royals 58 30 21 5 2 67
3 X – Vancouver Giants 56 30 21 3 2 65
4 Kelowna Rockets 58 27 26 2 3 59
5 Prince George Cougars 57 17 32 4 4 42

U.S. Division Standings

 # Team GP  W L OTL SOL PTS
1 X – Portland Winterhawks 57 40 10 3 4 87
2 X -Everett Silvertips 57 41 12 3 1 86
3 X- Spokane Chiefs 58 35 18 4 1 75
4 Seattle Thunderbirds 58 23 28 4 3 53
5 Tri-City Americans 57 17 35 4 1 39

2019-2020 Season Series vs. Everett Silvertips: 1-1-0-0

Sept. 28, 2019: Everett 1 at Kelowna 5

Jan. 17, 2020: Kelowna 2 at Everett 3

Feb. 28, 2020: Everett at Kelowna

Feb. 29, 2020: Kelowna at Everett

Players to watch:

Kelowna

  • Matthew Wedman has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in the last eight games played. The 20-year-old centre had two goals and an assist against the Cougars last night.
  • Winger Dillon Hamaliuk is on a hot streak, the San Jose Sharks prospect has six points (5G, 5A) in his last five games.

Everett

  • Defenceman Jake Christiansen has been ripping up the league since being released from his professional tryout offer with the AHL’s Stockton Heat in early December. The 20-year-old has 46 points (20G, 26A) in 32 games and with the Silvertips this season.
  • Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Wolf was named the Eli Wilson Goaltending WHL Goaltender of the Week for last week. Wolf has appeared in 41 games this season, posting a 30-9-2-0 record, 1.84 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and nine shutouts.

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

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