Rockets Prepare to Take On Tips

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KELOWNA, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Connor Bruggen-Cate #20 of Kelowna Rockets at the Kelowna Rockets game on October 19, 2016 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo By Cindy Rogers/Nyasa Photography, *** Local Caption ***

The Kelowna Rockets are set to host the Everett Silvertips on Friday night at Prospera Place.

 

Assistant Coach Travis Crickard was happy with the opening weekend, but says they want to get even better.

 

“You want to keep building on what you did,” said Crickard. “You do that in practice. It’s a positive having Dillon (Dube) come back and adding a veteran presence as he’s one of the elder statesman on the team now and I look forward to seeing what he can contribute to our team, but essentially we’re looking to build off of what we started last week.”

 

The addition of Dillon Dube to the Rockets lineup on Friday adds another weapon to the Kelowna’s skilled offence. That offence combined with strong defensive efforts from both the D-core as well as goaltender Brodan Salmond has the Rockets ranked number seven on the CHL Power Rankings. But when asked if they pay any attention to the rankings or if they just focus on the task at hand, Crickard responded “what are the Power Rankings?”

 

The Rockets head into Friday night with a 2-0-0-0 record that has them sitting in first place in the B.C. Division as well as first in the Western Conference.

 

The Silvertips enter Friday’s contest after a 1-1-0-0 start that puts them in fourth in the U.S. Division and seventh in the Western Conference.

 

The last meeting between the two clubs was back on March 15th of the 2016-17 regular season, and the Silvertips beat the Rockets 4-1 in Kelowna. Last season the Rockets had a 2-2-0-0 record against the Tips.

 

The Rockets are back in action following Friday night on Wednesday, October 4th, when they host the Victoria Royals at Prospera Place. Puck drop is 7:05pm.

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