Rockets host Royals and battle for playoff position

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KELOWNA, CANADA - DECEMBER 30: Marsel Ibragimov #28 of the Victoria Royals checks Kyle Topping #24 of the Kelowna Rockets during first period on December 30, 2016 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze) *** Local Caption ***

The Kelowna Rockets prepare to host the Victoria Royals tomorrow night at Prospera Place.

The Rockets are hot, currently riding a four game winning streak, and they have won seven of their last eight games.

The Royals are currently on a tear as well, collecting points in their last seven games, which included six wins.

Rockets head coach Jason Smith says if his team continues improving their game structure, they have a much better chance of being successful.

“We need to play smart hockey. We just need to continue to build off of previous games and continue to improve our structure, discipline, and we need to continue playing 200 foot hockey for a full 60 minutes,” said Smith.

The last time these two teams met the Rockets took back-to-back games in Victoria with a 4-3 win followed by a commanding 9-2 win at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

The Rockets boast a record of 40-21-5-0 so far this season placing them in 2nd place in the B.C. division with 85

points, four points back of the Prince George Cougars for 1st, and three points ahead of the third place Kamloops Blazers.

The Royals currently hold a record of 37-23-4-1 thus far, sitting in fourth in the B.C. division currently holding the top wildcard position with 79 points, five ahead of the Portland Winterhawks.

Kelowna is back in action on Friday night when they host the Vancouver Giants and then again on Saturday when the Royals return for their final battle of the regular season.

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