Chiefs in town as Rockets look to extend streak to 18

Spokane is the last team to have beaten Kelowna at Prospera Place back on Oct. 10

Madison Bowey (right) and the Kelowna Rockets will put their 18-game home ice winning streak on the line Wednesday against Liam Stewart and the Spokane Chiefs.

The last time the Kelowna Rockets lost a game at Prospera Place, it was the Spokane Chiefs who were celebrating the two points.

Since dropping a 6-4 decision to the Chiefs more than three months ago on Oct. 10, the Rockets have been unstoppable on home ice with 17 consecutive victories.

The Chiefs will look to play the spoiler role again on Wednesday night as they make their second and final stop in Kelowna this season.

“Spokane is a very good team, they work hard, they keep their game simple and they’re very consistent at getting pucks to the net,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “It’ll be another good challenge for our guys.

“Our focus isn’t really much about the winning streak, but more about getting better and just being prepared to play every game.”

Rockets leading scorer Myles Bell won’t play Wednesday night against the Chiefs as he sits out the second and final game of a suspension. The 19-year-old Bell was disciplined for a checking from behind major he received against the Tri-City Americans Friday night in Kelowna.

The Rockets and Chiefs will meet again Friday in Spokane, before the Rockets return home on Saturday to face Vancouver.

The Rockets’ current streak is their longest stretch at home since winning 18 in a row at Prospera Place during the 2002-03 season. That spring, the Rockets went to their first Memorial Cup in Quebec City.

The longest home-ice winning streak in franchise history is 24 games, set during the 1992-93 season when the team was based in Tacoma, Wash.

Kelowna’s overall eight-game winning streak ended Saturday in Vancouver, as the last-place Giants edged the Rockets 4-3 in overtime.

The Rockets (31-10-2-1) lead Kamloops by three points for top spot in the B.C. Division and second overall in the Western Conference.