Not much not to like in home ice blowout

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/15/2015 7:21:00 AM


Whistle wins in 100th appearance - Shoot the Breeze Photography 
  • Rodney Southam had to be grinning from ear to ear after scoring the game winning goal last night against his old team. The only problem was no one was able to see it considering the 18 year-old was wearing a full face shield after a scrap earlier this month against the Vancouver Giants. The former Americans forward scored at the 14:39 mark of the first period in the Kelowna Rockets 7-1 win over the Tri City Americans. Southam spent parts of three seasons with the Americans before being dealt to the Rockets on November 4th for a fifth round bantam pick. It was Southam's second game winning goal of the season and 7th of his career.
  • Southam was one of 13 players on the roster to pick up a point in the game. Rourke Chartier and Dillon Dube each ...

Practice makes perfect

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/13/2015 7:45:00 AM
Chance Braid - Shoot the Breeze Photo
  • A few WHL fans outside the Okanagan will be chuckling over the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 loss Saturday night to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. It marked the debut of Josh Morrissey and Chance Braid and featured the first time the Rockets had essentially all the players on their roster on the ice following the conclusion of the trade deadline. While it may look good on paper, chemistry has yet to be found and line juggling is common place with three news faces (Draisatli, Braid, Morrissey). Head Coach Dan Lambert and his coaching staff are attempting to find out what works and what doesn't and that traditionally takes more than one or two games to iron out.  
  • Do you need proof that it takes time to form chemistry when new faces are added to the line up? Look back to 2009 when the Rockets ...

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a playoff contender

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 1/12/2015 7:37:00 AM

Pre-game gold medal ceremony - Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • Hockey fans had their first look Saturday night at what is expected to be the new and improved version of the Kelowna Rockets. To say it is a work in progress would be an understatement. With not even one practice together as a complete team, the Medicine Hat Tigers looked faster and more polished in a 5-3 win. The Tigers, who made a significant trade with the Regina Pats on January 5th to acquire 19 year-old's Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs, looked like a more cohesive unit that had played together before. The Rockets, at times, not so much. With Josh Morrissey and Chance Braid making their debuts with their new team, the home team looked slightly out of sync in their 7th regulation loss of the season.
  • The game winning goal was scored on the power play when Tigers import ...