Heading into the season, the Kelowna Rockets were wondering where the offense was going to come from.
The answer it appears, is from just about everywhere.
Thirteen different Rockets scored goals in a dominating weekend where the club won all three games it played, outscoring its opponents 22-5.
“It was a good weekend,” said Rockets’ head coach Ryan Huska. “We like the fact that everybody is contributing. We know we’re not going to score goals at that pace all the time but we will take it.”
The Rockets steamrolled its opponents on the weekend, opening up with a pair of home ice wins that extended the club’s home ice winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 win over Regina on Friday and a 9-2 thrashing of Memorial Cup host Saskatoon on Saturday.
Then Sunday the team traveled to Everett where Carter Rigby led the offensive attack with a hat trick in an 8-2 drubbing of the Silvertips. Only Portland and Kamloops have scored more goals this season than the Rockets, who are 15-8-1-1 overall and 8-2-0-0 in its past 10 games.
“We’ve been able to play four lines and six D and we are trying to do that as regular as possible,” said Huska. “I think every player in the lineup feels like they are a part of it, whether they are a penalty killer or a guy who is expected to generate offense. Everyone is a part of if and that’s why our team game is so strong right now.”
The Rockets are back home for a pair of games this week to close out the month of November. During its recent stretch of solid play, Kelowna has been dominant on home ice, coming out of the gates strong and running teams out of its building.
Huska said it comes down to the leadership on the team and players being ready to go at the drop of the puck.
“A lot of that has to do with Colton Sissons as our captain and our older guys in the dressing room,” said Huska. “This year we have started very well and we have been putting teams on their heels. The older guys are making sure everyone is ready to go and excited to come out strong.”
Kelowna plays Tri-City on Wednesday and will be looking for revenge. The Americans handed the Rockets the clubs only losses in its past 10 games when Tri-City beat Kelowna twice in Washington, behind the strength of netmidner Eric Comrie, who faced over 40 shots in both games and was named first star in the wins.
“We have to do a good job on getting the puck to the net and being hungry for second opportunities,” said Huska.
Kelowna will host Moose Jaw on Friday before playing in Seattle on Saturday.