The Kelowna Rockets are back on the road this weekend, as the Western Hockey League club continues to play the majority of its early season schedule away from Prospera Place.
That’s why, according to head coach Ryan Huska, it’s important that the Rockets take advantage of its games in Kelowna, picking up early season points.
And the Rockets did just that on Wednesday night with a convincing 7-0 win over the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Place.
Colton Sissons and Madison Bowey scored twice while goalie Jordon Cooke stopped all 28 shots that he faced for his first career WHL shutout in the win.
It was the Rockets second straight win and sent the team on its way to Prince George for a double-header this weekend on a positive note.
Huska says the win at home in just their second appearance at Prospera Place was big and now the team has to build on that in two games in Prince George this weekend.
“With our schedule we have to get our points on the road and try to be at least a .500 team to start the year on the road,” he said “If we do that we will set ourselves up for the rest of the year. These games are critical to making sure we are generating points.”
So far this WHL season the Rockets have picked up a win in Portland and an overtime loss in Kamloops in its three road games. Huska says the Rockets will be looking for at least a split in Prince George against a much improved Cougars team.
“They are a really good, hard checking team and we have to go up there with the same mindset that we went to Portland with and try to get a split and treat it much like a playoff series,” said Huska.
The Rockets and Cougars play Friday and Saturday night in Prince George before Kelowna returns to Prospera Place on Wednesday to face the Spokane Chiefs.