On top of getting off to a quicker start than a year ago, the Kelowna Rockets were hoping to ice a more effective power play early in 2011-12.
So far, so good on both counts for the WHL club which has won its first two games, and is 5-for-14 with the man advantage.
“I think the guys have done a pretty good job of not over passing,” Rockets head coach Ryan Huska said of the league’s third-best power play. “We’re shooting a lot more, the guys are playing with that mentality, and it’s working so far.
And on the subject of his club’s 2-0 start:
“It’s really early, but it’s nice to get some wins in the bank right off the hop,” whose Rockets started last season at 0-4. “It’s something we can build on and continue to work on getting better.”
The Rockets will look to make it three wins in a row Wednesday night when the Tri-City Americans make a stop at Prospera Place.
The Ams are the early pace-setters in the U.S. Division with a 3-1-0-0 mark.
“They’ve got some skilled forwards, they’ve been one of the best teams in our conference for quite a few years,” said Huska. “They play a high-tempo, fast-paced style so we need to make sure we limit our turnovers.”
The Rockets took care of business in their home opener Saturday night with a 6-3 win over the rival Vancouver Giants.
Rookie forward Carter Rigby scored his first two goals as a Rocket—one of the highlight-reel variety—added an assist, and dropped his gloves in a second-period bout with Vancouver’s Scott Cooke.
“It was a good game for Carter,” Huska said. “I thought he played well at both ends, and he stood up for a teammate which was good to see.”
The Rockets will head south of the border this weekend for games in Kennewick, Wash. Friday against the Ams, and Saturday in Spokane against the Chiefs.