Preview: Rockets head south for the weekend
The Kelowna Rockets will head south of the border to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds and Tri-City Americans this weekend.
The Rockets will face the Thunderbirds Friday night, puck drop is set for 7:35 pm at the accesso ShoWare Center. They’ll then battle the Americans at the Toyota Center Saturday night, puck drop is set for 7:05 pm.
Kelowna is coming off of a 4-1 victory over the Victoria Royals on Wednesday night at Prospera Place. Michael Farren was the second star of the game with a goal and an assist, he said that it’s a big weekend for the team.
“Those are big points are coming up for us,” said Farren. “We’re trying to catch Kamloops in the standings. As for Seattle, I think they go pretty hard; they forecheck hard and hit. They usually start off the first period coming to play, I think if we can put them to bed early then, that would be the ideal situation.”
The Kamloops Blazers turned up the heat last night to take down the T-Birds 10-1 last night in Kamloops.
The Tri-City Americans will host the Winnipeg ICE on Friday night before the Rockets roll into town.
B.C. Division Standings
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U.S. Division Standings
2019-2020 record vs. Seattle Thunderbirds: 1-0-0-0
Oct. 11, 2019: Kelowna 8 at Seattle 3
Nov. 22, 2019: Kelowna at Seattle
Jan. 24, 2020: Seattle at Kelowna
Mar. 6, 2020: Seattle at Kelowna
2019-2020 record vs. Tri-City Americans: 1-0-0-0
Oct. 2, 2019: Tri-City 1 at Kelowna 6
Nov. 23, 2019: Kelowna at Tri-City
Jan. 5, 2020: Kelowna at Tri-City
Feb. 12, 2020: Tri-City at Kelowna
Players to watch
- Defenceman Jake Lee snuck up into the play last night to score a wrap-around goal, it held up as the game-winning goal. The 6’2, 209-pound defender will be looking to get onto the score sheet against his former team.
- Forward Alex Swetlikoff stayed hot against the Royals last night with a goal. He has six points (5G, 1A) in seven of his previous games played.
- Florida Panthers prospect Henrik Rybinski is tied for third in team scoring with 11 points (2G, 9A) in 20 games. He had an assist against the Rockets on October 2.
- Slovakia product Andrej Kukuca had two assists against the Rockets in the series opener. The 20-year-old is tied for second in T-Birds scoring with 12 points (6G, 6A) in 20 games.
- The Ams were without Anaheim Ducks prospect and captain Kyle Olsen. He has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 14 games this season.
- Tri-City leading scorer Sasha Mutala wasn’t in the lineup either the last time they faced the Rockets. He has 22 points (8G, 14A) in 18 games.
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