Veteran forwards return to Rockets

JT Barnett and Carter Rigby re-join WHL team after lengthy injuries, competition stiffens

With the return to health of two veteran forwards this week, competition for ice time with the Kelowna Rockets just got that much stiffer.

Over-age winger J.T. Barnett is back after missing the last 21 games with a lower body injury, while Carter Rigby has returned from an 14-game absence due to a shoulder injury.

The Rockets now have four extra forwards on the roster.

“Quite a few guys have played pretty well for us, so it’s going to be difficult having to take certain guys out,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “But it’s a good problem to have. It’s going to create some good competition and guys are going to have to work to stay in the lineup.”

Barnett and Rigby are set to rejoin the Rockets this weekend as Kelowna plays host to a pair of Eastern Division opponents. The Regina Pats will visit Prospera Place on Friday, while ex-Rocket Shane McColgan and the Saskatoon Blades come calling on Saturday.

The Rockets (12-8-1-1), who have won six straight games at Prospera, will be trying to rebound from a pair of losses over the weekend in Kennewick, Wash.

Despite outplaying and outshooting (87-47) the Tri-City Americans, the Rockets fell short both Friday and Saturday, losing each time by a 3-2 score.

“I felt like their goaltender (Eric Comrie) was the difference,” said Huska. “Overall I was pleased with our effort, I thought we controlled a lot of the play.

“On the other hand, you can’t let a goalie beat you like that on back-to-back nights. It’s frustrating, so we need to find ways to make things more difficult on opposing goalies.”

 

Just Posted

Kelowna pensioners call for changes to pension laws

Group meets with Kelowna-Lake Country MP and asks for his support

West Kelowna school honours Olympics for Harmony Day

Rose Valley Elementary had an Olympic themed event to celebrate diversity

Kelowna chamber doesn’t like new payroll health tax

New tax will help government make up loss of revenue from elimination of MSP premiums

New proposal suggested for Gable Beach

District of Lake Country staff’s new recommendations will be presented March 6

Overnight chill falls short of Feb. 21 records

Icy temperatures across the Okanagan-Shuswap don’t beat lows set in 1910, 1894

Salvation Army thanks community for fundraising

Local group helped many families over Christmas and the funds will keep going

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Questions raised over B.C. NDP’s childcare budget plan

Advocates concerned how to fill 22,000 new spaces for early childhood educators

Legion seeks community support to keep doors open

It is one of the Vernon’s oldest social enterprises, and on April 30, it may be forced to shut down

B.C. family first to receive reimbursement for life-altering arthritis drug

Effective medication used to treat rare form of juvenile arthritis costs $19,000 a month

Letter: Cartoon was politically, racially biased

Kelowna letter-writer not impressed with editorial cartoon

Senior’s column: Creating mental space

Kelowna columnist Marjorie Horne talks about the aging process in her column

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Penticton joins trade war protest

Opposition to wine boycott is spreading through Okanagan communities

Most Read