Not overly pretty, but effective nonetheless.
While not earning any style points in their last three dates at home, the Kelowna Rockets are still manufacturing ways to win at Prospera Place.
On Saturday night, the Rockets will look to make it 12 victories in a row when the Prince George Cougars come calling. It would be the WHL club’s longest run of home prosperity since the 2002-03 season.
Kelowna’s streak was seriously threatened on Wednesday night by the Swift Current Broncos, before the Rockets emerged with a 6-5 win.
Cody Fowlie had a goal and two assists as the Rockets overcame a 3-1 deficit with four third-period goals.
“We’re finding ways to win at home even when we don’t have our best effort,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “We’re not scoring quite like we were, our work habits haven’t been the same but we’re battling through it to get wins.
“Swift Current played a good road game,” added Huska, “but they’re battling some injuries and I think they just ran out of gas. We were able to take advantage of that.”
Saturday’s meeting with P.G. is the Rockets’ final home game before Christmas, as the club heads out on an eastern road trip next week.
Kelowna will play five games in six days, beginning with the Kootenay Ice Tuesday night in Cranbrook.
“That’s a lot of hockey in a short time and it’s going to be a character test for our players,” said Huska. “They have to be mentality tough and stay mentally sharp and if they do that, it will give us a chance to grind out some wins.”
Rockets’ captain Colton Sissons missed his second straight game on Saturday night and remains day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Following Saturday’s game against the Cougars, Kelowna’s next home game is Thursday, Dec. 27.