No stumble despite lack of veterans

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 9/22/2014 12:19:00 PM
'A banner night' - Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • Jackson Whistle has likely heard the critics. Many WHL observers question if he can be a full time starting goaltender. Saturday night, the West Kelowna resident proved the Kelowna Rockets are in good hands with a first star performance from the 19 year-old veteran. Whistle made 32 saves in a 6-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers in a game that featured the home team minus four key players that are attending NHL training camps and another who was at camp but came back with bumps and bruises and was unable to play.
  • Whistle made several solid stops after little work in the first period. The veteran goaltenders best saves came against Blazers forward Cole Ully. Whistle stopped the visitors best shooter with two nice glove hand stops, one in the second period and another in the third. Whistle also robbed Blazers ...

The pre-season grind is over....thankfully.

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 9/15/2014 3:27:00 PM
  • The Kelowna Rockets surrendered three unanswered goals Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Victoria Royals. Colton Heffley and Austin Glover scored in the loss. Jake Morrissey made 16 saves in the setback. The Rockets end the pre-season with two wins in six pre-season games entering the home opener this Saturday against the visiting Kamloops Blazers.
  • Colton Heffley's goal was his third of the pre-season. The 20 year-old lead the team in goals scored.
  •  Austin Glover lead the team in exhibition scoring with 5 points (1+4=5) in five games. Kris Schmidli was next with four points (1=3=4).
  • While the Rockets dressed three 20 year-olds against the Royals, it was a young looking line up. The team has eight players away from NHL camps, so it will look much different in the next six days. Cole Martin, Colton Heffley and Tyrell Goulbourne were the three overagers that played Saturday night ...

Things that make me go hmm...

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 8/18/2014 11:37:00 AM
  • Can you believe it? The Kelowna Rockets rookie camp is just around the corner and the summer of 2014 is almost at an end. The time away from the rink is refreshing for all involved as the franchise officially celebrates its 20th season in the Okanagan in 2014-2015. The regular season starts in just over a month.
  • Director of Player Personnel Lorne Frey will be participating in his 24th Kelowna Rockets rookie camp this week. That is mind boggling. Funny thing is he loves every minute of it. 
  • Rookie camp is always interesting. It gives the Rockets brass a chance to see all ten players they selected in the 2014 WHL bantam draft on the same ice surface. It will be my first look at 1st round pick Jonathan Smart. Two other prospects to watch out for are Cooper Haar and Jordan Sandhu. Haar is the younger brother of former ...