The Kelowna Rockets will be hunting for their first road win of the season when they travel to Prince George for games tonight and Saturday against the Cougars.
The Rockets are in P.G. with some confidence after downing the Tri-City Americans 6-1 on Wednesday night at home. Nolan Foote had a season-high four points (1 goal, 3 assists) while Pavel Novak netted his first WHL goal and added two assists.
Head coach Adam Foote said the full lineup is starting to mesh.
“It’s starting to come together,” he said. “Guys are starting to gel, guys are starting to find their roles. But they’re also starting to believe in the system and they’re also starting to believe in each other.”
The Cougars will be well-rested and waiting for the Rockets, having been off since Saturday when they picked up their first point of the season in a shootout loss to the Royals in Victoria.
“Prince George is a very tough place to play,” Foote said. “They have good goaltending. They’re a little bit in a transition, but we can’t get too high on that because they’re going to work hard. If you’re not disciplined, they’ve got enough to put you away with good goaltending. We’re going to have to make sure that we stay level headed.”
Kelowna sits first in the B.C. Division with a 3-1-1 record and seven points, one ahead of the Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers while the Royals are fourth with four points. Prince George is last in the division with a record of 0-3-1.
The two won’t have to wait long to see each other again. The Rockets will return to Prince George for their third meeting of the season on Oct. 23.
The games this weekend begin at 7 p.m. You can listen live at AM 1150.
Rockets versus Cougars in 2018-19: 3-5-0-1
Sept. 26, 2018: P.G. 4 at Kelowna 2
Sept. 28, 2018: Kelowna 2 at P.G. 2
Sept. 29, 2018: Kelowna 5 at P.G. 2
Oct. 27, 2018: P.G. 3 at Kelowna 4 OT
Nov. 14, 2018: Kelowna 3 at P.G. 4
Jan. 4, 2019: P.G. 2 at Kelowna 1 SO
Jan. 11, 2019: Kelowna 2 at P.G. 7
Jan. 12, 2019: Kelowna 0 at P.G. 4
Feb. 8, 2019: P.G. 3 at Kelowna 4
Players to watch
Leif Mattson is tied for second in team scoring with seven assists. The over-age winger had his third multi-point night of the season on Wednesday with two assists.
Defenceman Kaedan Korczak has stepped up his offence this season, and leads the team with 19 shots.
Goaltender Taylor Gauthier was in net for all six wins against the Rockets last season. Over-age defenceman Ryan Schoettler leads the Cougars in points with five (one goal, four assists) in four games played.