It’s a matchup of the last two BC Major Midget League champions as the 2013/14 champion Okanagan Rockets host the 2014/15 champs, the North East Chiefs on Saturday and Sunday at the Capital News Centre.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets went 2-1-1 versus the Chiefs last season, while each team scored 15 goals a piece in the season series. The Rockets went a perfect 2-0 at home against North East last year, while having a 0-1-1 record in Coquitlam, including a 6-6 tie in the final meeting of the season between the two clubs.
New Bench Boss: Jason Williamson takes over as the Rockets new head coach after Simon Ferguson resigned in the summer due to personal reasons. Williamson boasts a strong resume, winning two RBC Cup national championships on the Junior ‘A’ level with the Vernon Vipers as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010. Williamson also has a member of that team on his staff as Brendan Persley was announced as an assistant coach.
Starting Fresh: The Rockets will only have 3 returning players from last years club, with the rest being new faces to the Okanagan club. Goaltender Cole Demers and forwards Ben Dietrich-Scammell and Zach Erhardt are the only returnees from last seasons 23-12-5 Rockets.
Young Guns: With only four 1998 born players on this year’s squad, the Rockets have elected to go younger, featuring eleven 1999 born players and five 2000 born players.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets come into the weekend with an 18-12-6 versus the NE Chiefs since 2006. On CNC ice, the Rockets are 9-4-5 against the Chiefs in that span.