The BC Major Midget League announced on Wednesday that first-year Okanagan Rocket forward Matt Kowalski is the BCMML Player Of The Month for November.
Kowalski, 16, is in a tremendous first season with the Rockets, amassing 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 22 games so far this season. The Vernon native collected a point in every one of the seven games played in the month of November, earning 6 goals and 7 assists, good for 13 points. Kowalski is also in the midst of a nine game point streak and sits at the top of the BCMML in points with his 41.
With the help of Kowalski’s strong November, the Rockets have been equally as hot, winning 10 of their last 14 games and currently have won three games in row to sit in 3rd place in the BCMML standings.
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The Rockets also received good news on the alumni front on Tuesday afternoon as two members of the 2014 National Bronze Medal winning team, Tyson Jost and Liam Finlay, were both named to Team Canada West for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Cobourg, Ontario.
Jost, 17, is in his 2nd season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL and is tearing up the league, sitting 3rd in scoring with 24 goals & 36 assists for 60 points in just 30 games played. This will be Tyson’s 2nd WJAC as he lead Team Canada West in scoring last year, netting 2 goals and an assist for 3 points in four games. Jost will have a lot of attention on him in this tournament as he is ranked to go 13th overall in the NHL Entry Draft in June, according to the most recent International Scouting Service (ISS) rankings.
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Finlay, 18, is also in his 2nd season in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers and is enjoying a strong 2015/16 campaign. Liam sits 2nd in scoring on the Vipers with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points and will be attending his first WJAC. The tournament is set to start Sunday, December 13th at 10:00 am when Canada West takes on the Czech Republic. The whole tournament will be streamed live and for free on www.fasthockey.com.
The Rockets are back in action this weekend, with a pair of games against the South Island Royals. Puck drop is set for 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon and 10:00 am Sunday morning at the Capital News Centre.
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