Friday, October 18, 2019

Rockets roll into Kamloops

Nolan Foote named captain 
Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets open a four game road trip tonight in Kamloops. This is the third meeting between the two teams, with the Rockets having played only 10 games this season. The Rockets are looking at beating the Blazers after losing 3-2 in overtime and 5-2. The Rockets are also looking for more success against a BC Division rival with an early season record of 1-3-1-0 in five attempts. This road trip consists of four straight games against division opponents including stops in Kamloops tonight, in Prince George this Wednesday and back to back games in Victoria. The team doesn’t return home until November 1st against the Prince George Cougars. The Rockets are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Swift Current Broncos Wednesday night. Nolan Foote scored the game winner 65 seconds into extra time. Foote ended the night with 2+1=3 while Pavel Novak had 1+1=2. Cole Schwebius made his home debut and was solid in recording the win in goal.
·        Nolan Named Captain: Nolan Foote was named the 25th captain in franchise history (Tacoma+Kelowna) Friday morning. Foote joins brother Cal, who captained the Rockets during the 2017-2018 season. Both are first round selections of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning too. The Rockets selected Foote in the second round, 42nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. This is Foote’s fourth and likely final season in the WHL.    
·         Who’s Hot: Forward Pavel Novak has 5+8=13 in 10 games. Novak has five goals in his last 7 games and has points in five of his last six games…Liam Kindree has 1+3=4 in his last three games…Kyle Topping has points in 6 of the 10 games he has played this season…Nolan Foote has 5 goals in his last four games and has 12 multiple goal games over his career...Nolan Foote leads the team in shots on goal with 37…Roman Basran has an impressive stat line with a goals against average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .926.   
·         Broadcasters Notebook: Nolan Foote, Dillon Hamaliuk and Kaedan Korczak have been named to Team WHL for the upcoming Canada-Russia Series next month. Those three will compete in two games against the touring Russian Selects in games in Prince Albert and Saskatoon…Pavel Novak is a ‘C’ prospect for next June’s NHL Draft. Those rankings released by NHL Central Scouting. A ‘C’ prospect is regarded as a player selected between the 5th and 7th round. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Montreal…The Rockets organization has the bragging rights of having 14 former players start the season on an NHL roster. That is the most of any team in the WHL, with Brandon next at 10 and Portland with 9 alumni….The Rockets have the second most games played by alumni in the NHL of any team in the Canadian Hockey League. Only the London Knights of the OHL have more….The Rockets are 6-3-1-0 after 10 games this season. It took the team 16 games last season to reach six victories.…Kyle Topping played in his 200th career WHL game October 4th in Prince George….Roman Basran has started in eight of ten games this season…. Newly acquired forward Dillon Hamaliuk was selected in the second round by the San Jose Sharks. Hamaliuk was acquired in a trade with Seattle back in May….Jake Lee received a free-agent tryout with the Sharks, attending the teams rookie camp…Back on October 3rd, the Rockets were awarded the host site for the 2020 Kia Memorial Cup, beating out bids from Kamloops and Lethbridge.

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