Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 10/21/2014 7:23:00 AM
Nick Merkley - Shoot the Breeze
  • NHL scouts are watching. NHL scouts are comparing. Do you blame them? They are watching  closely the every move of Kelowna Rockets Nick Merkley and Seattle Thunderbirds second year forward Mathew Barzal. Barzal is rated as the top WHL eligible player for next June's NHL draft and Merkley isn't far behind. I spoke to Winnipeg Jets director of player personnel Marcel Comeau about what he likes about Nick Merkley's game. "He is a hard working guy and comes to play. He has a lot of touches. He gets the puck a lot. If someone doesn't get it for him he goes and gets it himself. He seems to play both ends of the rink pretty well. You have to like the way he plays the game. He is a hard working guy", Comeau added. Merkley is one of the leading point producers in ...

Rockets streak ends at 10 games

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 10/19/2014 4:31:00 AM

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Americans upset the apple cart


Tri City Herald Photo credit
  • In what can only be described as a dream way to start the regular season, the Kelowna Rockets 10 game winning streak came to an end Saturday night courtesy of Eric Comrie and the Tri City Americans. With a few favorable bounces - which I will explain later – and the 19 year-old goaltenders strong play, the Americans earned a 5-2 win, handing the defending WHL regular season champions their first loss of the young season.  The Americans wanted desperately to upset the apple cart and become the first team to hand the Rockets a defeat. Mission accomplished.
  • “Coming to the rink every day, being able to not dwell on the negative was a positive for us. We still have a lot of work to do. We are ...

Two tired teams?

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 10/8/2014 6:55:00 AM
Shoot the Breeze Photography
    • Was it a sign of two tired teams clashing Tuesday night at Prospera Place? Regardless, the  Kelowna Rockets did what was necessary in a 4-0 home ice win over the road weary Swift Current Broncos. The Rockets were playing their fourth game in seven nights while the Broncos were playing their fifth game in eight nights. It all added up to a rather uneventful 60 minutes of hockey. But remember, not all of the 72 games a team plays will be heart palpating end to end action. This one was definitely not that. The Rockets were good enough in the first period that they set the tone for a tough final game of the Broncos BC Division road trip. The visitors wanted to fight back but didn't have much jump in their game.
    • The tone was set early by the Rockets when they scored 56 seconds ...