November 15, 2013 Kelowna (ISN) – Twenty-nine wins and just five regulation losses. That’s the combined records of the two Western Hockey League teams that will collide at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Saturday night as the Kelowna Rockets host the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Rockets (14-2-0-2) put a seven game winning streak on the line against Medicine Hat (15-3-3-0), who has won eight of its past 10.
“This is a team that has similar speed to ours and it should be a great game,” said Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton. “This is a big game. I’m excited to watch their team. They are high scoring and it’s going to be a great test for us.”
The Tigers are the third highest scoring team in the WHL and are led by top prospect Hunter Shinkaruk, the Vancouver Canucks draft pick who nearly made the Canucks this season but was returned to Medicine Hat.
Shinkaruk has 5-8-13 in 11 games played this season and the Tigers are coming off wins this week over Kamloops (3-1) and Prince George (6-1).
Kelowna on the other hand has lost just twice in regulation this season and have rattled off seven straight wins to sit in first place in the WHL BC Division and second only to Portland in the Western Conference.
The Rockets are led by draft eligible forward Tyson Baillie who is leading the team with 9-11-20 in 18 games. But the Rockets have a balanced line-up with ten Rockets players already recording more than 10 points.
Tickets are available for the game through www.selectyourtickets at the box office or by calling 250-762-5050.