The Okanagan Rockets (6-2-0) host the Kootenay Ice (2-6-0) at the Capital News Centre this weekend. The games are set for 3:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am on Sunday.
Last Weekend: The Rockets were 6-4 and 4-3 winners over the North Island Silvertips in Nanaimo while the Ice were 7-0 and 11-7 losers to the surging Valley West Hawks in Nelson.
When we saw you Last: The Rockets defeated the Ice in all 4 match-up's during the 2013-2014 season. The Rockets won 6-0, 12-0, 8-0, and 8-1. Add it all up and the Rockets outscored the Ice 32-1 in the four games.
Streak Buster: Cory Prevost's goal at 18:33 of the 2nd period on December 8th proved to be the lone goal the Ice scored against the Rockets last season. The shutout streak was stopped just 21:27 away from 8 full games. The Rockets shutout streak against Ice lasted an incredible 544 minutes and 18 seconds.
Home Cooking: The Rockets started the 14-15 season with a six game home stand before finally going on the road to Nanaimo last weekend. They now return home to begin a second six game home stand as they will play host to the Ice, Canadians, and Hawks. The Rockets are currently 4-2-0 on home ice this season.
Will be Missed: The Rockets said good by to Sam DeMelo for the remainder of the season this week as he underwent season ending shoulder surgery. The procedure was a complete success and Sam will be able to resume all hockey activities by the spring. DeMelo was a late cut this fall of the BCHL's Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Welcome Aboard: With DeMelo shut down, the Rockets added 16 year old defenceman Nick Higgs to their roster for the remainder of the season. Higgs had appeared in 5 games already with the Rockets this season as an AP.
Leaders of the Pack: Marcus Mitchell leads all BCMML players in goals with 11. In just 8 games this season, Mitchell leads the Rockets in scoring with 19 points. Ellis Junker, a 16 year old forward for the Ice leads the club in both goals (3) and points (8) in the club's first 8 games. Valley West's Trevor Ayre leads Mitchell by 3 points for the BCMML scoring lead.
Alumni Watch: Parker Bowles, now in his 3rd full season with the Tri-City Americans, leads the Ams with 6 goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 13 games. Bowles posted 71 points in 40 games for the Rockets back in the 11-12 season.
Historically Speaking: Since 2006, the Rockets are 28-3-1 versus the Ice, including a record of 14-1-1 at the Capital News Centre.