The Okanagan Rockets (5-4-1) try to keep the winning going, taking on the Kootenay Ice (1-6-1) from the Capital News Centre this weekend.
Last Weekend: The Rockets completed their first weekend sweep of the year 8 days ago, defeating the North Island Silvertips 4-2 on Saturday and running away with a 9-0 win on Sunday. The Kootenay Ice hosted the Valley West Hawks last weekend, suffering an 8-0 loss on Saturday and losing 5-4 on Sunday.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets swept the season series against the Ice last season, collecting 6-0 and 8-2 wins against Kootenay at the Capital News Centre in late October. The Rockets then travelled to Nelson and took four points from the Ice there, winning 4-0 and 3-1 in mid January.
Playing A Man (Or Five) Short: The Rockets will be in tough this weekend, losing some of their top players due to various reasons. Forward Chase Stevenson will be playing with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL and will not be available this weekend, while OK loses forwards Eli Zummack and Coleton Bilodeau for Sunday’s game as they are off to Calgary for the Western Branch Challenge. Forward Lucas Cullen and defenseman Shawn Guison will also not be in action this weekend with injuries.
Melting The Ice: The Rockets come into this weekend with a 15 game winning streak against Kootenay, outscoring them with a staggering 109-7 score line in that span. OK also has 11 shutouts in those 15 straight victories.
Best 2 Out Of 3: The Rockets currently possess two of the top three scorers in the BCMML. Valley West Hawks forward Ben Evanish leads the MML with 18 points, but right behind him are two members of the Rockets; Matt Kowalski (5-12-17) sits in 2nd while Eli Zummack (3-13-16) holds down 3rd in league scoring.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets are a very impressive 32-3-1 against the Ice since the 2006/07 season, including being 16-1-1 at CNC against Kootenay in that time span.