Kelowna hockey teams back in action in final games before the holidays

Kelowna hockey teams back in action in final games before the holidays

It’s the last weekend before Christmas for the Kelowna hockey teams.

Kelowna missiles

After the Kelowna Rockets began their three-game road trip across the prairies with a 5-2 win in Swift Current, the Kelowna Rockets travel to Alberta for their last two games before the Christmas break.

It starts tonight (16 Dec) with a tough task in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. Lethbridge has won five straight games, is 8-2 in the last 10 and 19-11-0-1 in the season and ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference. They are also 10-4-0-1 at home this season. These two teams have not faced each other since March 7, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Rockets improved to 11-13-3-0 with their win Wednesday night. They sit eighth in the Western Conference.

Friday night puck drop is at 6:00 p.m. at the Enmax Center.

The Rockets are also in action Saturday night, taking on the Medicine Hat Tigers, who sit in eighth place in the East with a 12-16-4-1 record. These two teams have not met since November 8, 2019.

Saturday night’s puck drop is at 6:00 p.m. at the Co-op Place in Medicine Hat.

Over the weekend, Rockets forward Andrew Cristall is second in the WHL with 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists).

West Kelowna warriors

The West Kelowna Warriors are also playing their last two games before Christmas as they play a home-and-home against Vernon and Penticton.

On Friday night, the Warriors drive up Highway 97 to face off against the Vernon Vipers at Kal Tire Place. As the weekend begins, the Warriors sit third in the interior conference with a 15-8-4-0 record (34 points) while the Vipers are sixth in the conference with 12-11-0-4.

West Kelowna have won all three games against Vernon this season, all 4-3 and all in overtime or penalties.

With a win and loss to Cranbrook on Friday night, the Warriors can jump back up to second place in the conference.

Puck drop is at 7pm

A rivalry will be renewed for the fifth time this season on Saturday night when the Warriors and Penticton Vees meet in West Kelowna. The Vees are first in the BCHL with a record of 25-2-0-0.

Penticton has won all four matchups this season, beating the Warriors 28-8. In their last matchup, the Warriors took a 2-0 lead but lost 3-2 in overtime.

Puck drop-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Royal LePage Place.

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