To say it’s been a busy and emotional couple of weeks for the Kelowna Rockets may be putting it a touch lightly.
Over the past 14 days the Rockets have played eight times, they’ve seen a 23 game home winning streak come to an end, they’ve suffered through its first three game losing streak of the season, before snapping out of it with a gutsy win Sunday in Everett.
This weekend is no different as the Rockets will play three games in three nights for the fourth straight weekend.
“It’s going to be another tough battle for us this weekend,” said Rockets’ captain Colton Sissons. “It hasn’t been easy but we have done pretty well.”
The Rockets host Everett tonight (Thursday) before playing a home and home with Kamloops, traveling to play the Blazers in Kamloops on Friday before returning to Kelowna Saturday night.
“Everett always seems to give us a run at home and then we have Kamloops who is one of our biggest rivals,” said Sissons. “It’s down to crunch time so we have to start cranking it up.”
After establishing a new Kelowna Rockets record with a home streak that saw the team win 23 straight games at Prospera Place, the Rockets lost a pair of games to the Portland Winterhawks last weekend, ending the streak just one short of the Tacoma Rockets franchise record of 24.
The streak was the third longest in WHL history and sixth longest in the history of the CHL.
Sissons says it was an amazing run that had the team and its fans really pumped up.
“It was just a whole lot of fun,” said the Nashville Predators draft pick. “Those kinds of streaks pretty much never happen so when they do you try to enjoy it. Theer was a lot of pressure in the end and I think that took a toll on us (against Portland). But it was an incredible run and our fans really got behind us. They haven’t been that loud in mytime here so it was greaet to see and hopefully they keep coming out.”
The Rockets (41-13-3-1) enter this weekend with a seven point lead on Kamloops (37-15-2-3) in the race for the the WHL BC division title. This weekend marks the beginning of the final five weekends of play in the WHL and Sissons says preparation for the playoffs is the Rockets’ sole focus.
“”It’s about cranking our level up and fine tuning our game heading into the playoffs,” he said. “WE’re going to have to take it ao anotherlevel to comepte in theplayoffs. We have some stiff comeption,.but I beleive our group has it in us.”
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