The Kelowna Rockets kick off a three game road trip when they face the Victoria Royals tomorrow in the first of back-to-back games in the province’s capital.
The Rockets are 2-2-0-0 against their B.C. divisional rivals so far this season.
Assistant coach Travis Crickard says the Rockets will need to focus on special teams to find success on the ice.
“Every time we’ve played the Royals both teams have done a pretty good job of neutralizing each other while five on five,” said Crickard. “It comes down to special teams. Our penalty kill needs to be better, and our power play needs to establish some momentum, if we can’t do those things we won’t succeed on the ice.”
Kelowna won the first two of the four meetings between the two. They defeated the Royals 6-4 at home on October 26th when Kole Lind had a four-point night (1G, 3A). The Rockets then played the Royals back to back in Victoria and the clubs exchanged wins. The Rockets took the first game 5-1 on November 20th, the Royals then topped the Rockets 6-2 on November 22nd. Most recently the Royals defeated the Rockets 2-1 on December 30th at Prospera Place.
Kelowna and Victoria meet again on Friday night in Vic. before the Rockets head to Everett to play the Silvertips on Monday.
The Rockets and Royals will meet up twice more this season in Kelowna on March 7th and March 11th.
The Rockets come into the game with a 24-15-3-0 record on the season, sitting third place in the B.C. division with 51 points, seven points back of the division leading Prince George Cougars and two back of Kamloops.
Meanwhile the Victoria Royals enter the game with a record of 22-16-4-0, they’re fourth in the B.C. division with 48 points.
The Rockets next home game will be January 18th, when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors at Prospera Place.