The Okanagan Rockets (11-6-1) roll into Prince George this weekend for a late November date with the Cariboo Cougars (10-5-3).
Last Weekend: The Rockets come into Prince George feeling good after a weekend sweep of the Thompson Blazers. Okanagan rolled to a 3-0 shutout win on Saturday before earning a 5-1 win on Sunday morning. The Cougars, much like the Rockets the weekend before last, are coming off of their bye weekend.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets are hoping for a better trip up north then they had last season. OK lost both games in the Kinsman #1 Arena, dropping 4-1 and 3-0 decisions to the Cougars. The Rockets faired much better at home vs. Cariboo, winning 4-2 and tying the Cougs’ 4-4 in the final regular season game of the year.
Even Steven: This weekend set can’t feature much closer teams than the Rockets and Cougars. Both teams come into the series tied in points (23) with OK ahead in goals for by just one (74 for OK/73 for CAR) and Cariboo allowing just two fewer goals than their counterpart from Kelowna (41 for CAR/43 for OK).
In The Crease: Both the Rockets and Cougars come into this weekend set showing off strong goaltenders as Cole Demers (2.41 GAA) and Liam Hughes (2.36 GAA) have been strong all year for the Rockets. Returning goalie Dorrin Luding (1.93 GAA) and newcomer Aaron Jakubowski (2.81 GAA) have led Cariboo to a 3rd best 73 GA.
Returning Offense: A pair of 3rd year forwards spearhead the Cougars offense attack with Chase Dubois (10-13-23) and Colton Thomas (10-10-20) sitting in 7th and 15th place, respectively, in BCMML scoring. Dubois and Thomas both sit behind Rockets forward Matt Kowalski, who leads the whole league in points with 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points.
Staying Hot In The Cold: As we approach December and the weather getting colder, it seems like the Rockets are finding a way to stay hot. OK is 8-2 in their last 10 games including 3 weekend sweeps.
Long Road Ahead: The Rockets bus will be logging extra miles ahead of the Christmas break as Okanagan will hit the road for 3 of the next 4 weekend sets. This marks only the 2nd time the Rockets will hit the road since the weekend of Oct. 17th and 18th.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets have a 16-16-4 record against the Cougars since the 2006/07 season, while picking up a 5-12-1 record when having to head up north on the road against Cariboo in that span.