The Okanagan Rockets (14-7-2) head to the mainland for their final series of 2015 against a familiar foe, the Vancouver North West Giants (14-4-4).
Last Weekend: It was all about ties last weekend for both of these teams as the Rockets came off of a 1-1 tie on Sunday vs. the South Island Royals. Saturday’s game was not played due to a bus issue for the Royals. The North West Giants also tied 1-1 on Saturday afternoon against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. There were more goals to be had on the Sunday as both teams skated to a 5-5 tie.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets and Giants met up in Kelowna in early October as the teams split the weekend set. Okanagan was victorious in the first of the two games, earning a 5-2 win thanks to a two-goal game from Chase Stevenson. The Giants would take the finale with a 2-0-shutout win on the strength of goaltender Beck Warm.
Making The Jump: The Rockets announced Thursday night that forward Matt Kowalski will be playing the remainder of the season with the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers. Kowalski (17-25-42) led the league in points before making the jump to junior hockey.
Dynamic Duos: These teams score a lot, but they also have two of the best goalie tandems in the BCMML. Cole Demers (2.02 GAA) and Liam Hughes (2.32 GAA) have combined for a remarkable 2.08 GAA this season. The Giants’ David Tendeck (2.57 GAA) and Beck Warm (1.85 GAA) have also been brick walls themselves, posting a 2.06 GAA as a duo so far this season.
December Delight: The Rockets will look to cap off what has been a strong December thus far. Okanagan is 2-0-1 so far in the final month of the year, outscoring their opponents by a 15-2 margin.
2015 Finale: This weekend versus the Giants will end 2015 for the Rockets with their next action coming in the 36th annual Kelowna International Major Midget Tournament (KIMMT). Okanagan has amassed a 20-14-5 record over the year of 2015.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold a record of 6-24-8 against the Giants since 2006/07. The Rockets are just 1-12-5 versus the North West Giants in North Vancouver over that time.