Things that make me go hmm...

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 10/28/2014 3:24:00 PM
  • As great as Saturday’s game was between the Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings, it was a one off. Sadly, this just doesn’t happen where a team, specifically from the Eastern Division, trots into Kelowna with a high powered squad. The division, which is often weaker than its Central Division counterparts, usually come into Kelowna with no fan fare at all. No one really cares.The statistics don’t lie. The last Eastern Division team to win the league title was Brandon in 1996. That was 18 years ago! While some are calling for more than one game between an Eastern Division team and a Western Conference foe after what we witnessed Saturday, one game a season is about right. It’s always better for the paying public to be wanting more than force feeding them with a handful of games against Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. I am sure the feeling is ...

Whistle while you work!

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 10/27/2014 7:20:00 AM
 
Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • Jackson Whistle take a bow. In his finest hour as a Kelowna Rockets starting goaltender, the 19 year-old almost single-handedly helped his team to a 6-1 win Saturday night over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Whistle had to come up large in the first 58 seconds of the game when Wheat Kings forward Jesse Gabrielle was awarded a penalty shot. Whistle made massive saves all night long including a point blank chance against Tim McGauley in the second period. When Whistle didn't stop the puck, it rang off the goal post or cross bar no less than four times. Without Whistle's heroics, specifically early in the game, the visitors could have easily have walked away with a 6-1 win. Instead it was the home team that won for the 6th consecutive time on home ice and handed the Wheat Kings only their third loss of the ...

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 ...
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