|Kelowna Rockets vs Victoria Royals
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
- Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 39th game of the season when they host the Victoria Royals. These two teams met last Friday, with the Royals earning a 2-1 win. This is the 6th meeting of the season between the two teams. The Rockets are 2-2-0-1 in the opening five games, having been out-scored 13-12 in the process. The Rockets have a one-point lead on the Royals for second place in the BC Division, with Victoria holding two games in hand. The Rockets are riding a two-game winning streak after a 3-2 shootout win Saturday over Vancouver followed by a 7-3 win in Tri-City on Sunday. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets are in Kamloops Friday before hosting the Blazers Saturday night.
|Victoria Royals (21-13-2-0 – 44 points)
3rd in B.C. Division | 5th in Western Conference
Power Play: 26/135 – 19.3% (12th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 107/116 – 85.6% (3rd in WHL)
Last Ten: 6-4-0-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0
GF: 93 GA: 92
|Kelowna Rockets (21-14-1-2 – 45 points)
2nd in B.C. Division | T4th in Western Conference
Power Play: 32/169 – 18.9% (14th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 131/162 – 80.9% (8th in WHL)
Last Ten: 4-6-0-0 Streak: 2-0-0-0
GF: 111 GA: 111
- The Golden Guy: Nolan Foote will be recognized before tonight’s game after helping Canada win gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships. The Rockets captain scored three goals in the tournament and became the 10th player in the organization’s history to win gold at the prestigious event. On that list is Blake Comeau, Luke Schenn, Shea Weber, Jamie Benn, Tyler Myers, Madison Bowey, Josh Morrissey, Dillon Dube and Cal Foote.
- Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets were 5-6-0-0 while Nolan Foote was at the World Junior Hockey Championships….Nolan Foote has 5 goals in his last 5 games…Pavel Novak has 30 in 30. The rookie forward has 30 points in his first 30 games of his WHL career …Matthew Wedman had four assists Sunday in Tri-City. Wedman’s only other four-point game came as a member of the Seattle Thunderbirds back on December 17, 2017, against Spokane (1+3=4)…The Rockets will play three games in three nights three times this month. They do it again January 17-19 before doing it again January 24–26…The Rockets have played in 21-1 goal games this season, the most (tied with Everett) in the WHL.
- Digg’n Deep: The Rockets are 17-3 when opening the scoring….The Rockets are 9-10-1-1 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets are 4 and 1 in overtime with game-winning goals coming from Dillon Hamaliuk, Nolan Foote, Kaedan Korczak and Liam Kindree….Head Coach Adam Foote is closing in on a milestone. Foote will coach in his 100th game January 26th, at home, vs. Vancouver….Dillon Hamaliuk’s goal Sunday was his first in 9 games…Connor McDonald is 5 assists shy of 100 for his career…Liam Kindree has 4+1=5 in his last five games