The Okanagan Rockets (15-8-2) return to BCMML action for the first time since December 20th and will head to Nelson to face off against the Kootenay Ice (4-20-2).
Last Weekend: The Rockets are coming off of the 37th annual KIMMT, a tournament in which they were 20 seconds away from moving onto the semi final stage. OK has not been in action since Saturday. Kootenay may have had their best series off the year, earning a 5-2 win on Saturday against the Greater Vancouver Canadians. Sunday the Ice almost completed the sweep by fell by a 3-2 score to earn the split.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets swept the Ice in the last meeting these teams had, which was in Kelowna October 24th and 25th. Saturday’s game was a convincing 10-0 victory with Alec Zawatsky earning a 2-3-5 performance. OK finished off the sweep with a gutty 6-4 win to cap off a weekend where the Rockets played with quite a few injuries.
Big Addition: The Rockets will be playing in their first game with new/old defenseman Danny Gatenby. Gatenby comes to Okanagan after being released off of the Kelowna Rockets roster last week and will remain an AP with them throughout the season. Danny spent the 2014/15 season with the Okanagan Rockets.
More Subtractions: The Rockets continue to battle with injuries as they will be without three regulars this weekend. Chase Stevenson and Powell Connor will sit out with upper body injuries while Liam Hughes will not play due to a lower body injury. OK will look to Midget Tier 1 forward Rayman Bassi and goaltender Nik Bregeda to help fill the void in the two-game series.
Stretch Drive: The Rockets only have 15 games remaining in the BCMML regular season but will play 4 (plus one game against South Island on January 23rd) weekend sets at the Capital News Centre.
Breaking The Ice: Alec Zawatsky and Jordan Todd enjoyed the two game weekend sweep the Rockets delivered the Ice back in October. Zawatsky scored four times and added three assists for seven points while Todd found the back of the net once but helped with six assists for another seven point weekend by a Rocket.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets are a very impressive 34-3-1 against the Ice since the 2006/07 season, including being 16-2-0 on the road against Kootenay in that time span.