For the 1st time in the young season, the Okanagan Rockets (4-2-0) will take to the road as they travel to Nanaimo to play the North Island Silvertips (1-7-0).
Last Weekend: The Okanagan Rockets and North Island Silvertips had polar opposite weekends as the Rockets enjoyed a home ice sweep of the South Island Royals, and the Silvertips dropped a pair on home ice against the revamped Cariboo Cougars. The Rockets were 6-2 and 4-1 winners, while the "Tips" were 4-2 and 6-2 losers.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets were a perfect 4-0-0 versus the "Tips" last year. The Rockets were 6-3 and 4-1 winners in Nanaimo, while posting wins of 6-2 and 3-2 at the CNC. Add it all up and the Rockets outscored North Island 19-8 over the 4 game seasonal set.
Gone Streaking: The Rockets are on quite the roll versus North Island. To find the Silvertips last win against the Rockets, you have to go all the way back to January 9th, 2011, a span of 16 games. The Rockets were 6-0 losers that day, and since have gone a perfect 12-0-0 outscoring North Island 56-23.
Fountain of Youth: The North Island Silvertips have the youngest roster in the BCMML with a stunning fifteen 1999 born players, and not a single 1997 born player. 3 members of last season's club provide some experience as goaltender John Hawthorne, and forwards Matthew O'Dwyer and Matthew Cahill have returned for a 2nd season.
Leaders of the Pack: Rookies Owen Hardy and Brett Stapley are leading the "Tips" in scoring with 9 and 8 pts respectively. The Rockets are led by Marcus Mitchell who has blasted out of the starting blocks with 15 points in just six games.
Red Light District: Rookie Cole Demers and 17 year old Jordan Reynolds have provided the Rockets with some exceptional goaltending out of the game in the 14-15 season. Demers is currently 1-1-0 with a stunning .937 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA. Reynolds is 3-1-0 with a 2.50 and .908 save percentage. Add it all up and the duo has combined for a .919 save percentage and a 2.33 GAA.
Power Outage: The Rockets power play has fizzled in the early going. The Rockets are just 3 for 26 with the man-advantage, good for a 11.5 % efficiency rating. Conversely, the Rockets PK has done an equally good job of keeping opposition power plays scratching their heads. The Rockets have killed off 24 of the 27 PP chances they have surrendered, including killing off 14 straight.
Historically Speaking: Since 2006, the Rockets are 22-6-4 versus North Island including an impressive mark of 10-3-3 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.