Rockets look to fly right against Hitmen

Kelowna tries to bounce back from two home-ice WHL losses Wednesday against Calgary

Kyle Topping and the Kelowna Rockets will host the Calgary Hitmen tonight in WHL action at Prospera Place.

Kyle Topping and the Kelowna Rockets will host the Calgary Hitmen tonight in WHL action at Prospera Place.

Five losses in six games wasn’t at all how the Kelowna Rockets had planned on closing out the month of January.

Jason Smith’s club will be looking to establish a new trend beginning tonight at home against the Calgary Hitmen.

Face-off at Prospera Place is 7:05 p.m.

The Rockets are coming off back-to-back Western Hockey League losses at home last weekend, including a deflating 5-4 defeat Saturday night at the hands of the Portland Winterhawks.

Kelowna surrendered a 4-1 lead, with Portland netting the game winner with just 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period.

The Rockets head coach said a troubling tendency that has crept into his club’s games over the last couple weeks has to be rectified.

“We’ve talked about the structure and detail we need to play with and how we’ve swayed away from that the last little while,” said Smith. “Over the last bunch of games we’ve gotten away from playing complete games and that’s cost us.

“We need get back to playing simple, smart hockey.”

An element of smart hockey Smith is referring to is the Rockets’ propensity for undisciplined penalties.

Kelowna has yielded nine power play goals on 37 chances over the six-game stretch (1-4-1-0).

Due to the recent swoon, the Rockets have also slid in the B.C. Division standings. Kelowna (27-19-4-0) is now fourth in the division, four points back of third-place Victoria and seven back of second-place Kamloops.

Defenceman Cal Foote and forward Kole Lind are both expected back in the club’s lineup tonight against the Hitmen.

The Kelowna teammates were in Quebec City Monday night to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Forward Carsen Twarynski is also close to a return for the Rockets after sitting out the last two games with an illness.

This weekend, the Rockets will be on the road for two games, Friday and Saturday nights, against the B.C. Division-leading Prince George Cougars.

The Cougars (36-14-3-0), who share the WHL’s overall lead with the Regina Pats, are 3-0-0 against Kelowna this season.

 Kelowna Capital NewsKelowna RocketsWHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kevin Lee Barrett is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. (Facebook)
Court hears of victim’s injuries in West Kelowna attempted murder trial

Two-week-long trial continues for Kevin Barrett, accused of trying to kill mother in West Kelowna

Homeless man lying on the bench. (File photo)
Temporary emergency shelter opens in Kelowna

The shelter, located at the former location of Tree Brewing, will offer 38 beds

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

Money and drugs seized. (Kelowna RCMP)
Drugs, weapons and $20,000 seized from Kelowna home

One man was released without charge, pending further investigation

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

A mother hold hands with her daughter while sharing about her struggles with addiction during Overdose Awareness Day. (Jesse Major/Black Press file)
Overdose and suicide support group starts in Penticton

Penticton was one of the province’s communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in 2020

Jan. 21 marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century, according to some. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century is upon us

Milestone won’t be back for another 100 years

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Voting is the number one, bare minimum way to have your voice heard by government. (File photo)
Jocelyn’s Jottings: Want to make change? Here are some suggestions

As a citizen you have a voice, you just have to know who to talk to

Hedley residents are advised to not drink the water until a pump in one of its wells is fixed. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Hedley residents under do-not-consume-water order due to arsenic levels

Residents in Hedley remain under a do-not-consume-water order, due to higher than… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Most Read