The Okanagan Rockets (3-2-1) travel to Vancouver Island this weekend, playing in the provincial capital of Victoria as they face off against the South Island Royals (2-1-1).
Last Weekend: The Rockets are coming off of a weekend split against the Vancouver North West Giants, handing the 1st place Giants their first loss of the season on Saturday with a 5-2 win but suffering a 2-0 shutout loss to the hands of Beck Warm and the Giants for 2 of a possible 4 points. The Royals took on island rival, the North Island Silvertips last weekend. South Island got 3 of a possible 4 points with a 3-3 tie on Saturday and a 5-1 victory on Sunday.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets held a record of 3-1-0 last season vs. the Royals, picking up a weekend sweep at Capital News Centre with 6-2 and 4-1 victories while dropping a 5-2 decision in Victoria but bouncing back for a 7-3 win to split the series on the Island.
Leading The Pack: Rockets goaltender Cole Demers had a very strong weekend against his hometown Giants, posting a .949 SV% over the 2-game weekend set. Demers leads all BCMML goaltenders with a 1.75 GAA and is tied for 1st with Greater Vancouver’s Matteo Paler-Chow for the league lead with 3 wins.
Gone Streakin’: Hayden Dick has had a strong start to his OK Rockets career, collecting 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in his last 3 games, picking up at least a point in those games.
Sharing Is Caring: The Royals have spread their scoring around so far this season, with 16 of the 17 South Island players registering a point. The only player without a point, Lauchlan McDonald, has not played a game so far this year.
Small Turnover: South Island has only four returning players from last season with
forwards Jordan Guiney, Jarrett Malloch, defensemen Taylor Redmond and goaltender Austin Roden being the only players remaining from last year’s group.
BC’s Best: The rosters were announced for the 2015 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup and the Okanagan Rockets have 3 memebers of their club that will represent them in Calgary with forwards Coleton Bilodeau, Eli Zummack and trainer Craig Carter.
Filling A Void: The Rockets will be without the services of their captain Shawn Guison this weekend in Victoria as he will spend the weekend with the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers on their interior road trip through Vernon, Salmon Arm and Merritt. As a result, the Rockets have called up Kelowna Midget Tier 1 defsenemen Jameson Murray who will play in Guison's place for the weekend set versus the Royals.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold an excellent 21-5-10 record against the Royals/Thunderbirds club since 2006/07 (changing their name from T-Birds to Royals back in the 2012/13 season). Okanagan boasts a 9-4-5 away from the CNC in that time against the Royals/T-Birds.