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January 13, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release


Kelowna Rockets centre Colton Dach (right) battles the Victoria Royals
Kelowna Rockets centre Colton Dach (right) battles the Victoria Royals
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Steve Dunsmoor)

After having the week off, the Kelowna Rockets will be back in action on Friday and Saturday when they host the Victoria Royals at Prospera Place.

Kelowna was scheduled to play in Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday, both of those games were postponed due to the Cougars pausing of team activities due to Covid-19.

The Royals have not played since their last meeting with the Rockets on January 1 against the Rockets, it was announced last week that Victoria was pausing team activities as a result of multiple players and staff being added to the WHL COVID-19 Protocol List due to exhibiting symptoms or having tested positive for COVID-19.

Kelowna was last in action last Saturday against the Portland Winterhawks, where they fell 3-1 to the Winterhawks at Prospera Place. Jake Poole scored his seventh of the season 31 seconds into the game, but Portland pushed ahead with three straight goals. Taylor Gauthier made his debut with the Hawks, turning aside 38 of the 39 shots fired on him by the Rockets. Talyn Boyko stopped 21 of the 24 shots.

The Rockets will be without forwards Mark Liwiski and Nolan Flamand. Liwiski has been suspended for two games as a result of his major and a game misconduct in the game against the Winterhawks, Flamand is out for the next three to five weeks with a lower body injury.

TICKETS

With capacity at 50 percent, limited single-game tickets remain. Tickets for Friday and Saturday's game, as well as all other Rockets games are 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.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO MET VERSUS VICTORIA

The Rockets made it five straight wins with a 5-2 win over the Victoria Royals on New Year's Day. Talyn Boyko backstopped the Rockets to their 16th win of the season, while Jake Lee posted a pair of goals and assists. Mark Liwiski, Jake Poole, Max Graham and Jake Lee were the goal scorers for Kelowna.

WHO TO WATCH KELOWNA

* Jake Poole now has seven points over his last seven games, including two multi-point games. The 19-year-old is two points shy of his career-high, he's posted seven goals and seven assists through 23 games this season so far.

* Max Graham was included on NHL Central Scouting's Mid Season Rankings released yesterday, the Kelowna, BC product is ranked 168 among North American skaters for the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft. Graham had a goal and an assist against the Royals on New Year's Day. VICTORIA

* Eight of Bailey Peach's 44 points this season have come against the Rockets, including three multi-point games. The Royals leading scorer has 20 goals and 24 points through 30 games this season.

* Rookie netminder Tyler Palmer has a record of 7-8-2-0, he has a 3.17 GAA and .919 SAV%. He made 39 saves on 43 shots in the loss to the Rockets on New Year's Day.

B.C. DIVISION STANDINGS

# Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS

1 Kamloops Blazers 31 21 9 1 0 43

2 Kelowna Rockets 30 16 10 1 3 36

3 Vancouver Giants 32 15 16 1 0 31

4 Victoria Royals 30 12 14 4 0 28

5 Prince George Cougars 32 13 17 1 1 28

as of Thursday afternoon

SEASON SERIES

(4-1-0-0)

Oct. 8 @ Victoria 6-3 L

Oct. 9 @ Victoria 6-4 W

Oct. 30 vs. Victoria 5-4 OTW

Dec. 14 vs. Victoria 5-4 OTW

Jan. 1 vs. Victoria 5-2 W

Jan. 14 vs. Victoria 7:05 PM

Jan. 15 vs. Victoria 7:05 PM

Jan. 25 @ Victoria 7:05 PM

Jan. 26 @ Victoria 7:05 PM

Mar. 4 vs. Victoria 7:05 PM

Mar. 22 @ Victoria 7:05 PM

Mar. 23 @ Victoria 7:05 PM

Apr. 2 vs. Victoria 7:05 PM

ONLINE 50/50

The Kelowna Rockets online 50/50 is back for the 2021-22 season! The online 50/50 will give fans in Rockets fans located in British Columbia and those who are attending the game the chance to win during every Rockets home game this season. The 50/50 will also raise important dollars for the Kelowna Minor Hockey Association. Tickets will be available for purchase on all game days starting at 9 a.m. PT and end at the start of the third period on the same day. CLICK HERE to learn more about the online 50/50 and purchase tickets.

All fans attending Rockets games 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 vaccine card.





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Kelowna Rockets centre Colton Dach (right) battles the Victoria Royals
Kelowna Rockets centre Colton Dach (right) battles the Victoria Royals

(Steve Dunsmoor)
  

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