The Okanagan Rockets (9-6-1) return to action after a weekend off to take on their rival from Kamloops, the Thompson Blazers (2-10-4).
Last Weekend: The Rockets are coming off of 12 days rest after having a bye weekend while the Thompson Blazers has a tight weekend of hockey in Richmond against the Greater Vancouver Canadians, losing a 3-2 game on Saturday while earning a 3-3 tie in the finale Sunday.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets swept the season series against their closest opponent in the BCMML, picking up 5-2 and 3-1 wins in late November while finishing off the season set with a pair 9-3 and 5-1 victories.
Torching The Blazers: The Rockets come into this weekend’s action with an 8 game winning streak against the Blazers. Okanagan has outscored their rivals from the north 52-15 in the process.
Searching For Offense: The Blazers have the least amount of goals scored as a team so far in the BCMML this season with just 29 goals. The Rockets, on the other hand, sit in 4th in the MML in goal scoring with 66 goals.
Stingy Defense: The Rockets have done a fantastic job at keeping the puck out of their goal so far this season, and it will be tough for the low scoring Blazers to crack a formidable Rocket defense and goaltending. OK has allowed the 3rd fewest goals against in the league with only 42.
Star Power: If there were a couple of players on this Blazers roster to watch coming into this weekend set, look no further than returning forward Matthew Facchinelli and 18th overall WHL Bantam Draft selection Ryan Chyzowski. Fachinelli leads the team in points with 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points while Chyzowski, prospect of the Medicine Hat Tigers, has 6 goals and 2 helpers for 8 points so far.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold a 30-1-3 record against the Blazers since the 2006/07 season, while amassing a 15-0-1 record at home against Thompson in that span.