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Rockets Head to Victoria for a B.C. Division Showdown

February 8, 2018 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Kelowna Rockets News Release

The Kelowna Rockets hit the road for the first two of three straight games versus B.C. Division rivals the Victoria Royals.

The B.C. Division standings are crowded at the top with Kelowna, Victoria and the Vancouver Giants all separated by only six points. This weekends triple-header has a valuable six points on the line.

"Every point is an important point, but each of these next three games are four-point games," said Travis Crickard, Rockets Assistant Coach. "Both teams are jockeying for position in the standings right now. We are treating this weekend as a mini-playoff series, but presently we are solely focused on Friday night."

Friday's game will be the sixth time the two teams have squared off this season. The Rockets have the slight edge in their season series this year with a 3-2-0-0 record. Victoria got the better of Kelowna in their first meeting of the season when Regan Nagy scored a hat-trick to lead the Royals to an 8-3 victory in Kelowna. A month later, the Rockets were in Victoria when Dillon Dube scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-2 Rockets win on November 3rd. The teams played again the next night and despite going 2/4 on the power play and killing off all five penalties, the Rockets dropped a 4-2 decision. The Royals came to Kelowna on December 30th but this time it was Rockets goalie Roman Basran's time to shine. Basran stopped 36 shots through regulation and overtime, then added another three in the shootout to backstop the Rockets to a 3-2 shootout win. The Royals were back at Prospera Place on January 20th when Kole Lind led the way for Kelowna with a goal and three assists in an 8-4 win. The season series between Kelowna and Victoria will be over by Monday after back-to-back-to-back games this weekend. They face-off Friday and Saturday night in Victoria before heading back to Kelowna to close out the series with a matinee on Family Day.

The Rockets head into Friday night with a 33-16-3-1 record that's good for 70 points and top spot in the B.C. Division. The Royals record sits at 32-19-3-1 heading into the weekend. They're only two points back of the Rockets and four points ahead of the third place Vancouver Giants, having played two more games than both teams. The Rockets are only one point back of the Western Conference leading Everett Silvertips, who have played one more game than Kelowna.

Puck drop in Victoria will be at 7:05 Friday and Saturday night.

Join the Rockets at Prospera Place on Monday for their final meeting against the Victoria Royals this regular season in a Family Day matinee, with puck drop going at 2:05pm. There will be face painters in action, along with kids and family prizes to be won.

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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Kelowna Rockets vs. the Victoria Royals
Kelowna Rockets vs. the Victoria Royals

(Marissa Baecker)

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