The Okanagan Rockets (7-4-1) head to Richmond this weekend with a 4 game winning streak in hand and looking to extend that with a pair of games against the Greater Vancouver Canadians (5-5-1).
Last Weekend: The Rockets completed their 2nd straight weekend sweep, this one coming against the Kootenay Ice. OK compiled a 10-0 win on Saturday with Sunday’s game being closer, a 6-4 final in favour of the home side. Greater Vancouver only completed in one game last weekend, a 2-0 shutout win against the North East Chiefs as game two was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets and Canadians met in the first round of the playoffs last year, with Greater Vancouver coming into Kelowna and sweeping the Rockets, including a triple OT win and a 2-0 shutout to win the series. In the regular season, the Rockets went 2-1-1 against GVC, picking up a weekend split at home (which changed to a sweep after the Canadians were found with an ineligible player) and then tying and losing later in the year in Richmond.
A Weekend Away: This is the first weekend away from home for the Rockets in two weeks and they will not return to the bus for another couple of weeks after the trip to Richmond. OK has a weekend set against the Valley West Hawks, followed with a bye weekend and then a duo of games at home against the Thompson Blazers.
Filling The Net: The Rockets enter this weekend with the most goals for in the BCMML, with 53 goals in just 12 games. OK leads the pack while the North West Giants (49) and Valley West Hawks (47) closely follow.
Masked Men: This weekend will feature two of the top 5 goaltenders in GAA in the BCMML this season. The Rockets Cole Demers (6-2-0, 2.13 GAA) and Greater Vancouver’s Matteo Paler-Chow (4-2-1, 2.14 GAA). Liam Hughes has been no slouch for the Rockets either, collecting a 1-2-1 record but a nice 2.75 GAA. Canadians’ net minder Lukas Shaw hasn’t had a strong start, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 3.82 GAA.
Struggling To Score: Unlike the Rockets, the Canadians have struggled to find the back of the net this season, scoring only 26 times in 11 games. GVC currently sits in 8th in goals for and has not scored more than two goals in a game since their 4-1 win over Kootenay on September 26th.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold a 13-14-7 record against the Canadians since the 2006/07 season, while amassing a 5-8-3 record on the road against GVC in that span.