Kelowna’s Alex Swetlikoff battles against a pair of Victoria Royals defenders at Prospera Place. (Photo:Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Kelowna’s Alex Swetlikoff battles against a pair of Victoria Royals defenders at Prospera Place. (Photo:Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets Images)

Kelowna Rockets ready for Royals revisit

Kelowna takes the ice against Victoria Wednesday

For the second time in two weeks, the Kelowna Rockets will host the Victoria Royals.

Kelowna lost a 6-3 battle to Victoria two weeks ago and have since dropped three of their last four games. On Wednesday night, the Rockets will look to maintain the momentum they built in last weekend’s 4-3 win over Kamloops. In yet another pivotal division battle, Kelowna will strive to continue the winning ways.

“Anytime you face a B.C. Division team those are huge games for us and for the two points,” said Swetlikoff, who scored the game winner against the Blazers on Nov.16.

“I think we need to keep building off of last game. We’re the best when we stay out of the penalty box and are playing teams five on five. When we get our fore-check going and have a good neutral zone, I think we’re successful.”

READ MORE: Owls lead pack of Okanagan teams heading into B.C. volleyball championships

READ MORE: ‘Midget’ no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

The race in the B.C. division is as tight as any in the Western Hockey League. Kelowna holds third place and sits six points behind first-place Kamloops and two points behind second-place Vancouver.

Victoria is nipping right at the heels of the Rockets with being only a point behind in the standings.

Kelowna will need to separate themselves with wins against divisional opponents with six more games scheduled between the two clubs during the rest of the season.

In his last six games, Swetlikoff has five points and hopes to continue playing well for his team.

“I’ve been a little more hungrier, I’ve been shooting more and going to the net,” he said.

“I think I’ve been more physical and that’s gotten me into the game more and made me better prepared.”

READ MORE: Heat defeat Huskies in five-set nail biter

Action starts Wednesday night at Prospera Place at 7:05 p.m.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Kelowna Rockets

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 and two new death in the region Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
79 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths reported in Interior Health

Both of Friday’s deaths were both recorded at long-term care homes

Big White Village on Dec. 16. (Big White photo)
11 more COVID-19 cases linked to Big White cluster

Interior Health provided an update on the cluster on Friday

Administrative headquarters for the Regional District of Central Okanagan in Kelowna. (File photo)
Tempers fly over a pricey picnic shelter in the North Westside

Lack of detail on $121,000 shelter expenditure further incites self-governance wishes

Preliminary designs of the new West Kelowna city hall, which is about to begin the design phase. (City of West Kelowna)
West Kelowna to choose architect for design of new city hall, library

The project is projected to cost $18M by the time it is completed in winter, 2022

(Pixabay photo)
Black Press Weekly Roundup: Top headlines of the week

In case you missed it, here’s what made waves throughout the week

Sunnybank in Oliver. (Google Maps)
Sunnybank long-term care in Oliver reports third COVID-19 death

The facility currently has an outbreak with 35 cases attached to it

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a daily briefing in Ottawa. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
31 cases of COVID-19 variants detected in Canada: Health officials

Dr. Theresa Tam made announces 13 more variant COVID-19 cases in Canada

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital surgical unit

Despite 6 South being a surgical unit, RIH said surgeries are continuing at the hospital

Daily COVID-19 cases reported to each B.C. health region, to Jan. 20, 2021. Island Health in blue, Northern Health green, Interior Health orange, Vancouver Coastal in red and Fraser Health in purple. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays stable with 508 cases Friday

Vaccine delivered to more than 110,000 high-risk people

The District of Saanich’s communications team decided to take part in a viral trend on Thursday and photoshopped U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders into a staff meeting photo. (District of Saanich/Twitter)
Bernie Sanders makes guest appearance municipal staff meeting in B.C.

Vancouver Island firefighters jump on viral trend of photoshopped U.S. senator

After a Vernon resident tried to domesticate a pair of gopher snakes, BC Conservation Service reminded that it is against the law to keep wild animals in one’s possession. (Yuval Levy/Unsplash)
Wild gopher snakes aren’t pets: Vernon conservation officer

After resident kept two gopher snakes in his home, conservation reminds it’s illegal to domesticate wildlife

School District 57 headquarters in Prince George. (Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
Prince George school district settles with sexual abuse victim

Terms were part of an out-of-court settlement reached with Michael Bruneau, nearly four years after he filed a lawsuit

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read