With six wins in their last seven WHL outings, the Kelowna Rockets will settle into Prospera Place this weekend for a pair of home games.
Friday night, the Edmonton Oil Kings will provide the opposition in the second meeting of the season between the teams.
“They play a heavy, straight ahead game,” Rockets head coach Brad Ralph said of the Oil Kings, who Kelowna defeated 5-3 on Oct. 2 in Edmonton. “They’re probably a little better than their record indicates, and they’ve had a pretty good road trip.
“Like any team, they can give you trouble if you’re not ready to play.”
The Rockets will be home again on Saturday night to take on the B.C. Division rival Vancouver Giants, before hosting the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday in the first meeting of the season between the clubs.
Kelowna is coming off its third consecutive overtime game, a 4-3 victory Wednesday night in Kamloops against the Blazers. Rodney Southam netted the game at 1:47 of the extra frame.
Both teams were minus some of their top players, as Kelowna continues to cope without Rourke Chartier and Dillon Dube, while the Blazers played without captain Matt Needham, forward Jake Kryski and defenceman Dallas Valentine.
Considering that both teams were red hot—8-1-1 in their last 10—Ralph was pleased with his club’s effort.
“It was a big game, both teams have some significant injuries, I thought both teams competed and it was a very good game,” Ralph said.”We had to make sure we came with our best effort and I thought for the most part, we outplayed them.”
Game time both Friday and Saturday at Propsera Place is 7 p.m.