1. Tanner Watt
Returned to the club in style with a pair of goals on Friday night and a hattrick on Saturday. The Rockets’ co-leading scorer from a year ago looks ready to take the next step in his second KIJHL season. His strength and awareness, in particular, make him a threat each and every shift. He won’t keep up this torrid pace, but look for Watt to flirt with a point per game and give Allkins a run for the title as the team’s top scorer.
2. Magnus Viberg
Took over for starter Mitchell Privett on Friday and nearly shut the door on the high-powered Fernie Ghostirders, stopping 10 of 11 shots, including five in sudden death overtime. With that performance, Viberg earned the start on Saturday night and was outstanding, making 28 saves and earning his second win in as many games. The Calgarian has also displayed some excellent skills while playing the puck, a skill he models after his favourite goaltender, Carey Price.
3. Cole Mckechney
Had a slower than expected start to his campaign after returning from a Junior A tryout but Watt’s return provided him with the necessary spark to break out. Potted a pair of goals over the weekend and added four assists. The highlight was an unassisted marker against Fernie where he deked Rider netminder Brandon Butler and went top shelf. Also used his excellent size to his advantage to score again on Saturday, with his goal proving to be the game winner.