Is it Friday yet?

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 4/17/2014 7:43:00 AM

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Portland Winterhawks in game one of the Western Conference Championship series. This is the third time in the last four seasons these two teams have met in the playoffs. Back in 2011 they collided in round two before meeting in round one in the 2012 post season. The Winterhawks won both of those playoff series. These two teams met four times during the regular season with the Rockets going 4-0-0-0. Overall, the Rockets out-scored the Winterhawks 28-10 in the seasonal series including 12-5 on home ice and 16-5 on the road. The Rockets out-shot the Winterhawks in three of the four games. Game two in the series is tomorrow night before shifting to Portland for games three and four next Tuesday and Wednesday night. Game five is back at Prospera Place on Friday April 25th. The Rockets are playing in the Western ...

Previewing Rockets/Winterhawks playoff series

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 4/16/2014 3:21:00 PM
  • The Kelowna Rockets defencemen will have their hands full containing the speed of the Portland Winterhawks in game one of their Western Conference championship series. Mitch Wheaton knows it won't be easy when Nic Petan and Brendan Leipsic are on the ice. “They are a really skilled team. They are a lot different than Seattle. They were more of a big, physical team that would fore-check us really hard. These guys will try to make plays around us and make us turn”. The Winterhawks scored the most goals in the WHL this past season.
  • Two calm and composed coaches meet one another when Rockets bench boss Ryan Huska faces Portland’s Mike Johnston. Yellers they are not. Will they be upset with the officials when things don’t go their way? Of course.  But, the two referees’ should have confidence in having dialogue with either coach and taking the time to hear them ...

Hurry up and wait

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 4/14/2014 3:03:00 PM
The Kelowna Rockets will have to go through another U.S Division team in their quest for the organizations first WHL championship since 2009.
The Rockets open the Western Conference final Friday night at Prospera Place against the Portland Winterhawks. 
The regular season champions used five games to dispose of the Tri City Americans in round one before sweeping the Seattle Thunderbirds in four straight games in the second round.
The Rockets and Winterhawks were the only two teams in the WHL that scored over 300 goals during the regular season.    
Rockets' Head Coach Ryan Huska says they score goals in very different ways.  
"We have to have three or four whacks at things to go in where as they might be a team that will make two or three passes and try to end up with an empty net type goal. So, similar in regards to the offences, but a ...