WHL PLAYOFFS: Rockets and Tips move series to Kelowna

Everett leads 2-0 with next two games in Kelowna

The Rockets and Everett continue their WHL playoff series at Prospera Place tonight and tomorrow.

The Rockets and Everett continue their WHL playoff series at Prospera Place tonight and tomorrow.

Having won its last four regular season home games at Prospera Place, the Kelowna Rockets are hoping to continue that trend this week as the Rockets and Everett Silvertips continue their Western Hockey League first round playoff series in Kelowna.

Kelowna and Everett play game three Tuesday night and will hit the ice again Wednesday in game four of the best-of-seven series, with Everett having won its two home games to open the series on the weekend.

Rockets head coach Ryan Huska said his team has been good at home, especially down the stretch.

“Over the last little while and at the end of the regular season we were just playing better at home,” said Huska. “That’s something we have to use to our advantage. When you get a few good shifts the crowd gets involved and you can get momentum from that.”

The Rockets came close to stealing home ice advantage from Everett in game one of the series on Friday night when they took the Silvertips to overtime but lost 5-4. In game two Everett earned a 5-2 win.

“There were good things and bad things about the first two games,” said Huska. “We have to find a way to generate a little more (offense). Everett limits the chances against and we have to find a way to break them down a little bit more.”

Huska also pointed to discipline as an area that needs improvement. In the first two games of the series the Silvertips struck for four power play goals on nine chances while the Rockets were one for seven.

“We need everybody to play as well as they can and to our game plan if we are going to have a chance,” said Huska. “There are little stretches where I think we are doing a good job and giving Everett some difficulties but we’ve had some issues with discipline and that can change the way we play.”

If the Rockets are able to extend the series game five would be Friday in Everett, game six would be Saturday back in Kelowna and game seven would be next Monday in Everett.

Kelowna Capital News