The Rockets wrapped up their exhibition season this past weekend, finishing with a 3-2-1 record heading into their regular season opener against the Castlegar Rebels.
The team split play against the Revelstoke Grizzlies with a home and home series, claiming game one by a score of 5-3 in Revelstoke, before dropping game two 4-2 at home.
According to coach Chuck Wight, he saw the games as a good measuring stick, as the Grizzlies have a perenially strong program.
Next, the Rockets took on the Fernie Ghostriders, opening the series with a narrow 5-4 loss at home, before tying the Riders in Fernie, 3-3, despite jumping out to a late third period lead.
The team then swept the Columbia Valley Rockies, with 3-1 and 7-4 wins.
”The intensity was high for exhibition games which was a good test for our discipline,” said Wight.
”We played a high tempo style when even strength and saw the group improve on specialty teams over the 6 games. Strong goaltending kept us in every game.”
The team is now turning their focus to the regular season.
“The team has gelled over the past month and we are seeing them become more focused which allows for better
execution on the ice,” said Wight.
“I look forward to a good start to the season and anticipate a competitive schedule.”
The Rebels went 1-1 in their exhibition schedule.
The Rockets are planning on naming their captain for the season later this week.
Some rookies to watch on the team will be Aidan Ballance, WIll Vernon and Dominic Fiorentino on forward, Nathan Kaye and Liam Furlong on D, and goaltender Levi Hall.
A group of key returners will offer a veteran presence, with Jock Michael, Evan Angus, Connor Funke, Jordan Lario, Zak Siudy, Henry Loewen, Derek Teare and Andrew Teare up front and Nicolas Regan manning the blueline.