Few show up in OT loss

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 11/19/2014 11:12:00 AM


Courtesy of Victoria Royals
  • The Victoria Royals coaching staff were pleased with the effort in a 4-3 overtime win last night at Memorial Centre. The Rockets coaching staff? Not so much. Alex Blomqvist scored the game winning goal in extra time in the one goal victory, snapping the Rockets 7 game winning streak. Tyson Baillie scored twice while Kris Schmidli added his fourth of the season as the Rockets were held to three goals or less for only the fourth time. The same two teams' meet again tonight in Victoria in the rematch.
  • As poorly at times as the Rockets played, they were 1:57 seconds away from recording their 21st win of the season. The tying goal was pure luck as the puck went off Rockets defenceman Joe Gatenby and swiftly made its way between the legs of goaltender Jackson Whistle. Royals sharp shooter Brandon Magee was credited with ...

Notes, quotes and anecdotes

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 11/11/2014 12:31:00 PM


Dan Lambert behind the bench - Shoot the Breeze Photography
  • He's back. Dan Lambert returns behind the Kelowna Rockets bench tonight for a road game in Spokane against the Chiefs. Lambert has missed six games while coaching Team Red at the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge in Ontario. Lambert's team placed 6th. Full marks to assistants Kris Mallette and Travis Crickard for guiding the ship while Lambert was away. I will admit I missed the personable Lambert. It is like a member of your family missing and not being part of the fun. I think Lambert has a massive influence on this team, something I don't know I would have said at the start of the season after moving into the seat of the departed Ryan Huska. I thought it would take Lambert longer to win the room. As personable as Lambert is, he carries a certain respect amongst ...

Rowdy Rockets victory!

Posted By: Regan Bartel · 11/6/2014 7:08:00 AM
A BC Division battle - literally!  (Shoot the Breeze Photography)
  • The Kelowna Rockets may have won more than just a hockey game last night. The Rockets earned a  5-1 win over the visiting Victoria Royals but may have galvanized even more as a team after the physical affair. The Royals began to take liberties as the score became lopsided, but instead of wilting like a flower, the Rockets stood up and showed that they won't be pushed around. Defenceman Riley Stadel found himself on the winning end of a lopsided scrap with Royals forward Regan Nagy with under two minutes left in the game. Then moments later, towering Royals defenceman Keegan Kanzig hit Cole Linaker from behind which resulted in teammate Tyrell Goulbourne going after the 6'6, 240 pound blue liner. While Goulbourne was trying to get at Kanzig, newcomer Rodney Southam was involved in a tilt with Ryan Gagnon, ...