KELOWNA, CANADA - MARCH 24: Jermaine Loewen #32 of the Kamloops Blazers stick checks Kole Lind #16 of the Kelowna Rockets in front of the bench on March 24, 2017 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

The Kelowna Rockets get set to take on their closest rivals, the Kamloops Blazers, on Tuesday night at Prospera Place.

Head Coach Jason Smith says the preseason is about his players improving each night.

“It’s about evaluating and trying to introduce systems, making sure compete and work ethic are there,” Smith said. “We want the young guys to continue to get better and build confidence. We want them to show they’re coachable, that they work, and that they get better each time they’re out there.”

The newer players will begin getting more opportunity to showcase their talents as the Rockets will be without Dillon Dube(Calgary), Kole Lind(Vancouver), Cal Foote(Tampa Bay), Carsen Twarynski(Philadelphia), Braydyn Chizen(Minnesota), Devante Stephens(Buffalo), Tomas Soustal(Dallas), Calvin Thurkauf(Columbus), Nick Merkley(Arizona), and Lucas Johansen(Washington) as they disperse throughout the week to their respective NHL camps.

Kelowna is looking to bounce back as they opened the preseason on Saturday dropping that contest 5-4 in overtime to the Victoria Royals.

The Rockets are back in action on Friday night, September 8th, when they host the Kamloops Blazers at Prospera Place for the first half of a home-and-home weekend. Puck drop on Friday is at 7:05pm.