The first place Cariboo Cougars travel to the Capital News Centre this weekend as the two clubs put the wraps on the 2014-2015 regular season.
The Cougars have made it know that they fully intend on following the Rockets footsteps of last season and a birth in the Telus Cup.
The Cougars have proven to be the class of the BCMML during the regular season. They have posted a league best 60 points, 8 clear of the 2nd place Vancouver NW Giants, and were victorious at the prestegious Mac's Midget Tournament in Calgary during Christmas.
While the regular season has been impressive, the Rockets are viewing this weekend as one last check point on where they stand heading into the post season.
"We get a free look at the top club in our league this year" said Rockets general manager David Michaud. "When the schedule came out in the fall, I was really excited to see the Cougars as our last stop of the regular season. The way we see it, nothing bad will come of this weekend. If we win, we will have a tremendous confidence boost heading into the playoffs, and if we loose, then hopefully it will be a wake up call for our group."
The Rockets are 0-2-0 versus the Cougars this season as they dropped a pair of games at the Kin Centre in the first half of the season. While the scoring lines of 4-1 and 3-0 isn't overly flattering for the defending BCMML champs, they can take solace in the fact that they essentially played even with the Cougars for 80 minutes during their trek north. "The Cougars have the ability to make you pay when you make mistakes. We played them very well for long stretches in both games, however in both games some small break downs lead to the Cougars taking advantage and putting us away."
They Rockets are assured of finishing no worse than 4th place in the standings and will face either the Greater Vancouver Canadians, or the Valley West Hawks at the Capital News Centre on March 6-8th. The Canadians have completed their 40 game regular season schedule, and currently sit one point ahead of the Hawks who face the North Island Silvertips. Should the Hawks win one of the two weekend games, and it will set up yet another showdown in Kelowna between the two long-time playoff rivals.
The Rockets know that there is lots that can happen between this weekend, and a potential play off re-match with the Cougars. Michaud and the Rockets know however, if they have any hope of repeating as BCMML champions, the road will likely have to go through Prince George.