Whistle is a wall

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 3/30/2015 7:43:00 AM


Jackson Whistle has been a brick wall - Shoot the Breeze Photo 

  • Move over Eric Comrie, the guy 180 feet from your crease is no shrinking violet either. As good as the Tri City Americans goaltender has been in the first two games of an opening round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets, Jackson Whistle has been no slouch at the other end of the ice. While the 19 year-old West Kelowna resident has no where near the same resume as Comrie, the undrafted goaltender has been equally as good in the first two games of this Western Conference quarter final series. Whistle made 30 saves Saturday night in the Rockets 3-0 home ice win, helping his team to a two-nothing lead in this best of seven playoff series. Whistle was the better of the two goaltenders over the final 40 minutes of play, making his best stop ...

Am I allowed to pick favourites?

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 3/24/2015 8:49:00 PM
Broadcasters are not supposed to have favourites on the team they cover. And if they do, they aren't supposed to let anyone know. Mum's the word. It is believed as a media member you will evaluate their performance in the sporting ring in a more favourable manner without taking a critical eye at the mistakes they make. For me, I only hold those so called 'favourite players' to a higher standard. I don't give them the easy way out because of the players and individuals they have become in what is usually four or five short years of major junior hockey. The neat thing for me is getting to know these players as people first and as hockey players second. As fans, it's often the other way around. That is the fun part about being allowed access to the players that only a home broadcaster can. Who are my two favourite ...

Nice way to end off regular season

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 3/22/2015 9:20:00 PM


Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • Were they teasing us? We may have seen a glimpse of what the Kelowna Rockets are capable of doing. In the first period of Saturday's 5-2 home ice win over the Vancouver Giants, the Rockets played arguably their best period in over a month. Yes, it was against a Giants team that were eliminated from playoff contention a night earlier, but the Rockets thoroughly dominated play. The passes were quick, crisp and on the tape. The Rockets were first to pucks and came in waves. It all translated into a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and a sure sign of what level of play this team is capable of preforming at. Cole Martin scored 24 seconds into the game and the home team wouldn't let the visitors off the hook. Goals by Tyrell Goulbourne less than five minutes later and Cole Linaker's career high 14th ...