The Okanagan Rockets (20-8-2) put their 5 game winning streak on the line this weekend when they take on the Greater Vancouver Canadians (14-4-0).
Last Weekend: The Rockets are coming off of an impressive 4-0 win Friday night against the South Island Royals in a make up game from December the 13th, controlling the play all night long. The Canadians are also coming off of wins against the Royals, sweeping South Island by 4-1 and 5-0 scores last weekend at the BCMML Showcase.
When We Saw You Last: The Rockets and Canadians are playing their final series of the regular season, with the first set of games coming on Halloween weekend in Richmond. Okanagan shut out GVC 3-0 on Halloween day but the Canadians came back with a 3-2 victory on the Sunday to come away with a weekend split.
Rolling Along: The Rockets may be playing their best hockey right now and are proud owners of a 5 game winning streak, which is their longest win streak of the season. OK has outscored their opponents 18-7 over that five game span.
Galvanizing Gatenby: Defensemen Danny Gatenby has been terrific since being returned from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, earning 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in just 5 games with OK thus far. Danny added a goal and an assist in last night's 4-0 win over the South Island Royals.
New Year, Hot Start: The Canadians have been playing good hockey themselves over the course of the year 2016. GVC has earned points in 6 straight games with a 5-0-1 record and are coming off of a dominant weekend sweep of the South Island Royals, outscoring them 9-1 in the process.
Cole “Brickwall” Demers: The 16-year-old 2nd year net minder has been sensational for the Rockets this season, and his month of January is one to remember. In 5 games in Jan, Demers is 5-0-0 with a 1.20 GAA and his season GAA is down to 1.72 and has been relied upon heavily with the injury to Liam Hughes and has answered the call exceptionally.
Lineup News: The Rockets will ice the same lineup as Friday and will go with that through the weekend, again with no Chase Stevenson or Liam Hughes, although both of them are coming closer to returning. GVC will be without 2nd leading scorer Eric Bourhill and will have AP Emerson Kostner in the lineup.
Historically Speaking: The Rockets hold a 14-15-7 record against the Canadians since the 2006/07 season, while amassing a 8-6-4 record at CNC against GVC in that span.