The Okanagan Rockets (8-5-1) get set for a big weekend series at the Capital News Centre as they welcome their longtime rivals, the Valley West Hawks (8-3-1) to town.
Last Weekend: The Rockets spent the weekend in Richmond, splitting the set with a 3-0 win on Saturday but being handed 69 penalty minutes in a 3-2 loss to the Greater Vancouver Canadians. The Hawks also split their weekend series 8 days ago, losing 3-2 in the opener against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds but coming back with a solid 2-0 win the next day.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets suffered a 1-2-1 record to the Hawks last season, dropping a 4-3 decision at home before bouncing back for a 3-3 tie the next morning. The Rockets dropped their first game 4-1 in Langley but came back with a wild 6-5 victory in the season finale.
Fight For First: It’s a tight race for 1st place in the BCMML standings right now, with six teams within striking distance of the top spot coming into this weekend. The Rockets and Hawks are currently tied for 3rd place with 17 points, just one back of the Vancouver NW Giants and Cariboo Cougars, who are also tied for the top spot.
League Leaders: 2 of the top 3 scorers in the BCMML will hit CNC ice this weekend. Matt Kowalski (10-14-24) and Ben Evanish (18-5-23) come into the weekend sitting 1st and 3rd, respectively, in league scoring with 5 of the top 10-point getters in the MML taking part in this weekend set.
Top Guns: The Hawks have scored 51 goals as a team this year in 12 games played, but have two players that have carried the bulk of those goals. Captain Ben Evanish (18) and 2nd year forward Christian Bosa (9) have combined for 27 goals this season, which amasses for about 53% of the Hawks goals so far this season.
Road Ready & Home Cooking: The Hawks have come out with a fantastic 5-1-1 record so far through 7 road games, only having played 5 games at home thus far this season. The Rockets have been equally as good on home ice, collecting a 6-2-0 record at the Capital News Centre through 8 games.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold a 25-8-3 record against the Hawks since the 2006/07 season, while amassing a 14-3-1 record at home against Valley West in that span.