Little decided in first two games

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 4/20/2014 10:28:00 PM
Riley Stadel celebrates - Shoot the Breeze 
  • The Kelowna Rockets need to bring an A grade effort to the table if they want to beat the Portland Winterhawks. In game two of the Western Conference final Saturday night, the home team would have struggled with a passing grade. After an emotional come-from-behind win in game one, the Rockets showed little raw emotion in a 5-3 loss. While building up a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, the jump and jam the team showed a night earlier wasn't there. On this night as the game went along, the Winterhawks got better while the Rockets battle level went in the opposite direction. 
  • Three Winterhawks goals in span of just over two minutes in the second period was the turning point as the Rockets stood around watching and literally not skating. Stick checking became common place after playing a physically determined game a night ...

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 ...