Regan’s Notes: Royals at Rockets
|Kelowna Rockets vs Victoria Royals|
|Date | Time||Fri, Mar. 6, 2020, | 7:05 p.m.|
|Tickets||Select Your Tickets|
|Video Stream||WHL Live|
|Radio||AM 1150, pregame at 6:30 p.m.|
|Live Stats||WHL Box Score|
|Live Updates||@Kelowna_Rockets Twitter|
|Next Game||Fri., Mar. 13 @ KAM – 7:00 p.m.|
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
- Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets conclude a three-game homestand tonight against the visiting Victoria Royals. This is the 9th and final meeting of the season between these two teams, who are separated by 6 points. The Rockets are 3-3-1-1 in the seasonal series with 6 of the 8 games decided by a single goal. Pavel Novak leads the team with 3+3=6 in 7 games while Kaedan Korczak has 2+3=5 in 8 games and a team-best +6. Only six players on the Rockets roster have played in all 8 games against the Royals this season. The Rockets have won back-to-back games after a 6-0 win over Seattle last Friday and a 5-4 victory a night later against Lethbridge. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets are in Kamloops before hosting the Blazers Saturday night. The regular season comes to a close next weekend with a home and home series with the Vancouver Giants. The Rockets have not won three in a row since December 6th (2-1 W in PA), December 7th (4-3 SOW in Saskatoon) and December 10th (2-1 SOW in Brandon).
- Who’s Hot: Pavel Novak has points in 10 of his last 13 games (7+14=21). Novak has scored 25 goals, 15 of which have come on home ice….Matthew Wedman has points in 9 of his last 12 games (10+9=19)…..Dillon Hamaliuk has points in five of his last 7 games…Kyle Topping has 3+8=11 in his last 8 games….Jonas Peterek has a point in five of his last six games. The rookie has 1+4=5 over that stretch.
- Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets have scored 31 goals in 8 games under Kris Mallette. That is an average of 3.8 goals per game…..Kaedan Korczak plays in his 200th career game tonight….The Rockets are 8-12-2-1 since the trade deadline …The Rockets have 15 road wins, one better than the 14 they captured one season ago ….The Rockets have 14 home-ice wins. The team had 14 all of last season….Kris Mallette is 11-1-2-1 as a head coach in the WHL.…With 6 games left in the regular season, 4 are on home ice with only 2 on the road. Those road stops include singles in Kamloops and Vancouver… The Rockets were 10-9-1-0 against teams in the US Division….The Rockets are now 20-6-1-0 when scoring the games first goal…The Rockets have played in 34-1 goal games this season…The Rockets are 12-14-1-1 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets were 5-5-0-0 in December, 4-9-0-0 in January and 5-5-2-0 in 12 games in February.