Preview: Two Games On Tap + Food Drive
Kelowna Rockets right wing Marcus Pacheco (left) vs. the Everett Silvertips
(Kelowna Rockets, Credit: Steve Dunsmoor)
The Kelowna Rockets will kick off a two-game weekend on Friday night in Everett against the Silvertips before shifting back to Prospera Place where they'll host the Moose Jaw Warriors for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
Kelowna's two-game win streak was snapped by the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Wa. Jared Davidson scored the opening two Seattle goals, with the Rockets catching up both times. Kyle Crnkovic scored the game-winner just past the midway point of the second period. Edmonton Oilers prospect Reid Schaefer scored the lone goal of the third period, netting an empty net goal. Adam Kydd and Jackson DeSouza were the goal scorers for the Rockets, Talyn Boyko made 20 saves on 23 shots.
The 'Tips have dropped their last four games, they were last in action on Wednesday, where they fell 5-2 to the Western Conference and US Division leading Portland Winterhawks. Tarin Smith got Everett on the board first, but Portland stormed back with four unanswered goals. Everett and Portland then traded goals in the third period. Silvertips goaltender Braden Holt was replaced in net 48 seconds into the third period by Tim Metzger.
Moose Jaw kicked off their BC road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday. The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Cougars responded with five consecutive goals. The Cougs peppered Moose Jaw goaltender Connor Ungar with 46 shots on net.
The Warriors will face the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night before heading to Kelowna.
Bekins Food Drive
Bekins Moving and Storage will be collecting donations for the Central Okanagan Food Bank at gates one and two during Saturday night's game.
Fans who make a donation will be entered to win four single-game club seats and dinner for four at Manhattan Point to a future Rockets game.
Non-perishable food items that are most needed include: cookies, crackers, Chunky soup, peanut butter, healthy cereal, rice, Boost, Enfamil powder, canned meats, canned fruits, baby food pouches, nut-free granola bars, pasta and pasta sauce.
Single-game tickets for Saturday's game and all other Rockets games are available at Select Your Tickets. Tickets can be purchased online through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office, or by phone at 250-762-5050.
Mini Packs are now on sale for the 2022-23 season, pick from between a six or twelve-game pack. Click here to learn more about Mini Packs.
The last time these two met
Kelowna and Everett met on October 14th at Prospera Place where the Silvertips jumped out to 3-0 lead just 6:59 into the game. The Rockets battled back with goals in the first, second and third periods to tie the game. The Silvertips responded with two quick goals just past the midway point of the final frame. Andrew Cristall inched Kelowna back within one in the final minute of the game.
This will be the first meeting between Moose Jaw and Kelowna since the 2019-2o season and the first time that they've visited Prospera Place since the 2018-19 season. In their last meeting on December 14, 2019, Kelowna claimed a 5-4 win in overtime.
Colton Dach will make his return to the lineup after serving his one-game suspension for the check to the head major and game misconduct he received against Tri-City on Saturday.
Rookie forward Logan Peskett has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury, he was listed on Tuesday's injury report as day-to-day.
Players to watch
Centreman Nolan Flamandhasfour points (4A) in his last three games. The 18-year-old has 13 points (3G, 10A) in 17 games this season.
Czechia winger Gabriel Szturc picked up a pair of assists on Wednesday to extend his point streak to three games, he's recorded one goal and seven assists over that span.
Defenceman Jackson DeSouza recorded another goal on Wednesday, setting a new career high point streak with five points (3G, 2A) in his last three games
Centre Austin Roest leads the Silvertips in scoring with 31 points (13G, 18A) through 21 games. Three of his points came against the Rockets in their meeting last month where he earned first-star honours after recording two goals and an assist.
Anaheim Ducks prospect and World Junior gold medalist Olen Zellweger leads Everett's defence in scoring with 21 points (9G, 12A) in 18 games this season.
Former Kelowna Rocket Steel Quiring, who was traded to Calgary last season for Adam Kydd, is now a member of the Silvertips. After being held pointless in his first three games as a 'Tip he found the score sheet in his fourth game, posting a goal and an assist against Kelowna on October 14th.
Seventeen-year-old Brayden Yager beat out Rockets forward Andrew Cristall for the WHL's 2022 Rookie of the Year Award, Yager would go on to win the CHL's Rookie of the Year award. Moose Jaw's third overall pick in the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft is an 'A' rated prospect on the NHL Central Scouting preliminary players to watch list released last month, as of Friday morning he sits second in team scoring with 25 points (10G, 15A) through 22 games this season.
New York Rangers prospect Ryder Korczak is the younger brother of former Kelowna Rockets defenceman Kaedan Korczak. He's posted a goal and four assists in his first three games since being returned to Moose Jaw by the Rangers AHL affiliate last week for his 20-year-old season.
Denton Mateychuk was selected 12th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2022 NHL Draft this past July. He leads the Warriors defence in scoring with 19 points (5G, 14A) through 18 games this season.
Series at a glance
2022-23 Season Series vs EVT
Oct. 14 vs Everett 5-4 L
Nov. 25 @ Everett 7:05 pm
Dec. 4 @ Evertt 4:05 pm
Feb. 15 vs Everett 7:05 pm
2022-23 Season Series vs MJ
Nov. 26 vs Moose Jaw 7:05 pm
Watch and listen
Rockets games will be broadcast on 104.7 FM the Lizard this season with Regan Bartel calling all of the action.
Don't forget to download the RocketFAN app and visit rocketfan.ca for more exclusive Rockets content from Pattison. Fans can stream the radio broadcast of all Rockets games on the app.
Online video stream
All Rockets games will be available on WHL Live on CHL TV. WHL Live on CHL TV is available to fans anywhere in the world, providing high-quality streaming of WHL games on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV platforms, via mobile with iOS and Android, and on web using Safari or Google Chrome web browsers. Visit watch.chl.ca for complete details and subscription options.
The Kelowna Rockets online 50/50 is back for the 2022-23 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.
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Kelowna Rockets right wing Marcus Pacheco (left) vs. the Everett Silvertips
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