January 12, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets
The Kelowna Rockets get set to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night before heading back north to face the Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
The Rockets are coming off of a 7-4 win on home ice over the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday night, but the most recent loss they suffered came at the hands of the T-Birds last Friday, January 5th, when Seattle visited Prospera Place. The Rockets fell 6-4 that night. Assistant Coach Travis Crickard says the team needs to continue to work hard and be ready to go against the T-Birds.
"Seattle plays a very hard game, especially at home. Their defence is strong and they forecheck hard. They compete significantly harder than most teams for loose pucks and they dominate in faceoffs," said Crickard. "We need our players to appear in the game ready to battle."
The Rockets go into the game on Friday night with a 26-12-2-1 record giving them 55 points. They currently sit in the top spot in the B.C. division, one point ahead of the second place Vancouver Giants with three games in hand. The Rockets are up five points over the Victoria Royals and have two games in hand.
The T-Birds go into Friday's game with a 20-14-4-2 record giving them 46 points and placing them fourth in the U.S. Division. They lead the Spokane Chiefs by one point, and trail the third place Tri-City Americans by three.
This is the second of four meetings between these two clubs. The next time they meet will be a week from Friday, on Friday, January 19th once again in Seattle. The Thunderbirds come back to Kelowna on February 23rd for their final regular season meeting.
Friday's puck drop is at 7:35PM.
Following the game on Friday night Kelowna will travel back across the border to take on the Vancouver Giants in Langley, B.C. on Saturday night. The Giants have Friday night off and head into Saturday with a 24-14-4-2 record.
This will be the fourth of eight meetings between the Rockets and Giants this season. They met on November 10th in Kelowna with the Rockets skating to a 5-4 overtime victory. They met again on November 18th in Langley and the Giants got redemption handing Kelowna a 6-1 loss, but Kelowna returned to Langley on November 24th and got the edge once again, winning 3-2. The next time these two meet following Saturday will be February 7th in Kelowna. They meet again on March 7th again at Prospera Place. The Rockets then close the regular season out with a home-and-home with the Giants on March 16th & 17th starting in Vancouver.
Puck drop on Saturday against the Giants is at 7:00PM.
The Rockets will be back on home ice on Wednesday, January 17th, when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.
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