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Kelowna Rockets Preview For November 26 And 27 Games

November 25, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release


Kelowna Rockets vs. the Prince George Cougars
Kelowna Rockets vs. the Prince George Cougars
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Steve Dunsmoor)

The Rockets will open a four-game homestand this weekend, starting on Friday night when they host the Spokane Chiefs at Prospera Place. The Prince George Cougars will then stroll into town for a Saturday night matchup. Both games kick-off at 7:05 p.m.

Spokane and Kelowna didn't have to wait long for the rematch, the two last played on Wednesday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wa. The Chiefs snapped a six-game losing streak, taking down the Rockets 2-1. Pavel Novak scored the lone goal for the Rockets, while Talyn Boyko made 24 saves.

Spokane has been without leading scorer forward Luke Toporowski for the last two games. He'll finish serving his three-game suspension, missing Friday night's game against Kelowna.

The Rockets will be without head coach Kris Mallette, forward Andrew Cristall and defenceman Caden Price. The trio have departed for the Capital City Challenge, a four-team tournament featuring Canada's National Women's Team and three national men's under-17 teams at TD Place Arena, home of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Kelowna Rockets have called up forward Grady Lenton and defenceman Logan Dochuk to join the team as affiliate players. The pair made the trip to Spokane on Wednesday but did not dress for the game.

A well-rested Cougars team will be waiting for the Rockets on Saturday. Prince George has been off since last Saturday, they split a two-game series against the Tri-City Americans last weekend.

WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE RINK

Friday

The Fireplace Den will be outside of gate one on Friday night to keep fans warm as they enter the arena.

Sunshine Spas and the CMHA will be teaming up to raise funds with the first puck toss of the season. The winner will win four premium tickets and dinner for four to Manhattan Point for a future Rockets game.

Saturday

James Tire Craft will be giving away a set of four (4) Hercules Tires.

The first 250 fans through the door will receive a puck that is a $250.00 voucher to James Tire Craft.

TICKETS

Tickets for all Rockets home games are now available at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

Select Your Tickets is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and opens at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday home game days.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Spokane Chiefs (4-9-2-0 - 10 points)

4th U.S. Division

Power Play: 12/59 - 20.3%

Penalty Kill: 57/68 - 83.8%

Last Ten: 3-6-1-0 Streak: 1-0-0-0

GF: 40 GA: 51

PIM: 194

Kelowna Rockets (8-4-0-2 - 18 points)

2nd B.C. Division

Power Play: 12/51 - 23.5%

Penalty Kill: 44/55 - 80.0%

Last Ten: 6-2-0-2 Streak: 0-2-0-1

GF: 54 GA: 53

PIM: 180

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kelowna:

Forward Pavel Novak is currently riding an eight-game point streak, posting four goals and seven assists and 22 shots on net over that span.

Rockets captain Tyson Feist was originally listed and signed by the Spokane Chiefs. He appeared in 54 games with Spokane between 2017 and 2019, posting eight assists and 48 penalty minutes.

Spokane:.

Washington Capitals prospect Bear Hughes was in on both Spokane goals against the Rockets on Wednesday night, netting the opener and setting up the game-winner. He's posted five goals and six assists through eleven games this season.

Mason Beaupit picked. up his third win of the season on Wednesday, stopping 23 of the 24 shots that the Rockets fired on him.

Prince George:

Selected second-overall by the Cougars in the 2020 WHL Draft, forward Riley Heidt leads the Cougs in scoring with 13 points (4G, 9A) in 17 games.

Goaltender Tyler Brennan has appeared in ten games this season, posting a record of 4-6-0-0, 2.94 GAA and .912 SAV%. Two of his wins have been shutouts.

B.C. DIVISION STANDINGS

# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS

1 Kamloops Blazers 17 15 2 0 0 30

2 Kelowna Rockets 15 8 5 0 2 18

3 Vancouver Giants 16 8 7 1 0 17

4 Prince George Cougars 17 7 10 0 0 14

5 Victoria Royals 15 2 11 2 0 6

U.S. DIVISION STANDINGS

# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS

1 Everett Silvertips 17 16 0 0 1 33

2 Seattle Thunderbirds 18 11 6 1 0 23

3 Portland Winterhawks 19 7 9 2 1 17

4 Spokane Chiefs 15 4 9 2 0 10

5 Tri-City Americans 15 4 9 2 0 10

as of Thursday afternoon

SEASON SERIES vs SPO (0-1-0-0)

Nov. 24 @ Spokane 2-1 L

Nov. 26 vs Spokane 7:05 PM

Feb. 4 @ Spokane 7:05 PM

SEASON SERIES vs PG (3-0-0-0)

Nov. 6 vs Prince George 4-1 W

Nov. 12 @ Prince George 5-2 W

Nov. 13 @ Prince George 3-0 W

Nov. 27 vs Prince George 7:05 PM

Dec. 10 vs Prince George 7:05 PM

Jan. 11 @ Prince George 7:00 PM

Jan. 12 @ Prince George 7:00 PM

Feb. 16 vs Prince George 7:05 PM

Feb. 18 @ Prince George 7:00 PM

Feb. 19 @ Prince George 7:00 PM

Mar. 9 vs Prince George 7:05 PM

Apr. 1 vs Prince George 7:05 PM

The current B.C. Provincial Health restrictions allow for 50% capacity at Prospera Place. All fans attending will need to abide by the BC Provincial Health Authority, Prospera Place and the Western Hockey League's recently announced COVID-19 health and safety requirements which includes masks, double vaccination and their BC vaccine card.





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Kelowna Rockets vs. the Prince George Cougars
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