The Kelowna Rockets line up against the Kamloops Blazers on December 29, 2018 at Prospera Place. Photo: Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Rockets’ battle Chiefs, and rival Blazers through the weekend

Kelowna aims to grab big points in the second last month of the season

The beginning of February marks the beginning of the last two months of regular season play for the Kelowna Rockets and the WHL. The Rockets currently hold onto third in the B.C division, which is just good enough for a playoff berth. For the next eight weeks, the Rockets will aim to play their best hockey to both hold onto their playoff spot, and build confidence heading into the playoffs.

The Rockets managed a single point in their last game in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Jan. 30. They face divisional opponents 11 more times this season, and enter this weekend with match-ups against Spokane Chiefs on Friday in Spokane, and then a home ice match up against the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday.

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Forward Mark Liwiski said the team needs to forget the losses of the past, and focus on the games ahead.

“Every game form now until playoffs is going to be big,” said Liwiski, who scored his fifth goal of the season against the Thunderbirds. “We just have to come on with the right mindset and take Spokane on then focus back on Kamloops. We need to move forward.”

It’s the first of four match-ups against the Chiefs this season. They split the season series 2-2 last season.

The Rockets are 1-4 against their biggest rival the Blazers this season. The Blazers are picking at the heels of the Rockets in the standings as the Blazers are only three points behind the Rockets. With five games against the Blazers still to play this season, the Rockets need to earn some wins against their biggest rival lest they lose their current playoff position.

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