Preview: Royals at Rockets – Dec. 14, 2021
|Kelowna Rockets vs Victoria Royals|
|Home Game #||12|
|Date | Time||Dec. 14, 2021 | 7:05 pm|
|Tickets||Select Your Tickets|
|Video Stream||WHL Live on CHL TV|
|Live Stats||WHL Box Score|
|Live Updates||@Kelowna_Rockets Twitter|
|Next Game||Sat, Dec. 18 vs KAM – 7:05 pm|
The Kelowna Rockets will be looking to snap a four-game winless streak on Tuesday night when they host the streaking Victoria Royals at Prospera Place.
Kelowna was last in action on Saturday against the Seattle Thunderbirds. After trading leads, the Rockets tied up the game and pushed ahead late in the third period with the go-ahead goal coming from Tyson Feist. Feist’s goal—which was declared a good goal—was reviewed, causing a stoppage in play that created a momentum shift for Seattle coming out of the brief pause. The Thunderbirds scored back-back-to-back goals, including the game-winner, under a minute apart in the two shifts following the Rockets goal.
The Royals have gone 7-0-2-0 over their last nine games, with six of those needing overtime to determine a winner.
They played Vancouver in a home and home series over the weekend, downing them 4-3 on the road on Friday and 5-2 at home on Saturday. Their goaltender tandem split the weekend; Campbell Arnold made 37 saves of 40 shots on Friday and Tyler Palmer stopped 30 of 32 on Saturday.
In Saturday night’s contest, Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Royals responded with five straight goals, including an empty netter in the final minute of the game. Evan Patrician, Tanner Scott, Bailey Peach, Riley Gannon and Brayden Schuurman all scored for Victoria.
THE LAST TIME THESE TWO MET
Kelowna kicked off an eight-game point streak with a 5-4 overtime win over the Royals on October 30 at Prospera Place. Pavel Novak posted his second career WHL hat-trick to help push the game to extra time where Jake Poole scored the game-winner in the dying seconds of three-on-three sudden-death overtime. Colby Knight stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced and picked up an assist on the game-winning goal.
Tickets for Tuesday’s game and 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.
WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND THE RINK
- The Bark n’ Fly puck shoot will be taking place during one of the intermissions
Players to watch:
- Nolan Flamand replaced Colton Dach as the centre on the Gabriel Szturc – Pavel Novak line on Saturday night. The trio combined for a total of seven points (2G, 5A). This will be Novak’s final game before he departs for the Czech Republic’s World Junior camp ahead of the 2022 World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alta.
- Forward Jake Poole could return to the Rockets lineup this week, the 19-year-old has missed the Rockets last five games with an upper-body injury.
- After four seasons in the QMJHL, 20-year-old Bailey Peach joined the Royals as a free agent after being put on waivers by the Charlottetown Islanders and going unclaimed. The winger leads Victoria in points with 22 (9G, 13A) through 22 games.
- Royals captain Tarun Fizer was returned to Victoria on November 4 after an amateur tryout with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League. The winger has posted 11 points (5G, 6A), a +8 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes over ten games this season.
B.C. DIVISION STANDINGS
|4||Prince George Cougars||24||10||14||0||0||20|
as of Monday afternoon
SEASON SERIES (2-1-0-0)
|Oct. 8||@ Victoria||6-3 L|
|Oct. 9||@ Victoria||6-4 W|
|Oct. 30||vs. Victoria||5-4 OTW|
|Dec. 14||vs. Victoria||7:05 PM|
|Jan. 1||vs. Victoria||7:05 PM|
|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|
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 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.
LINEUP SHEETS + GAME DAY PROGRAM
Due to Covid-19 protocols, printed lineup sheets will not be available at games for fans this season. They can be accessed online in the game day program.
The program will be uploaded by 3 p.m. on game day.
JDS PROJECTED LINEUP
The Rockets will post the JDS Mining Projected Lineup complete with line combos at least half an hour prior to puck drop for all games this season. You will be able to find the graphic on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stories.
Kelowna will host the Kamloops Blazers for the annual Orchard Ford Teddy Bear Toss game on Saturday, December 18th. Interior Health protocols require stuffed animals to be new with tags and placed in bags before being tossed onto the ice. Bags will be available at the game for fans if they need one. Fans can purchase tickets for all Rockets games at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050