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Rockets seek a third consecutive victory over Medicine Hat on Tuesday

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Michael Bullion, David Quenneville, Kyle Topping
Kelowna's Kyle Topping is checked by Medicine Hat's David Quenneville in front of the net of Tigers goalie Michael Bullion during a Nov. 25 game in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Kelowna Rockets photo)

KELOWNA, B.C. (from Kelowna Rockets) – The Kelowna Rockets will look for a sweep of their season series when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday night at Prospera Place.

The bout will be the third of three meetings between the two Western Hockey League clubs this season. On Nov. 25, Medicine Hat visited Prospera Place in the first matchup and Rockets netminder Roman Basran made 38 saves to record a shutout in his first career Western Hockey League start in a 4-0 victory.

Most recently they met just three days ago on Friday in Medicine Hat in the second game of Kelowna’s three-game Alberta road trip. The Rockets scored two goals in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit before captain Cal Foote scored on a breakaway in overtime and the Rockets edged the Tigers 4-3.

After returning home from playing three games in four nights in Alberta, Rockets assistant coach Kris Mallette said the team had a strong weekend.

“Anytime you can go on the road and win hockey games the way that we did with tying goals coming late in the game, it’s great for your team,” Mallette said. “Our group battled through a lot and we had a pretty good weekend.”

Having beaten the Tigers twice, one of which was just days ago, Mallette says his team needs to be prepared for a team looking for redemption.

“It’s a team that we just faced. Both teams know that they had a lead and we were able to chip away at it and ultimately come out as victors,” said Mallette. “They’re going to be coming back hungry looking for a little bit of retribution in our building.”

Kelowna enters Tuesday night with a record of 31-14-3-1 giving them 66 points and placing them in first place in the B.C. Division. The Rockets currently sit two points ahead of the second-place Victoria Royals, and eight points ahead of the third-place Vancouver Giants.

Medicine Hat comes into the Tuesday night meeting with a record of 26-19-6-0 giving them 58 points and placing them first in the Central Division. The Tigers are six points ahead of the second-place Lethbridge Hurricanes, and nine ahead of the third-place Kootenay Ice.

Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. PT Tuesday.

After facing the Tigers, the Rockets are back in action at 7:05 p.m. PT Friday at Prospera Place in the first game of a home-and-home against the Western Conference-leading Everett Silvertips. The next evening the Rockets visit the Tips for the second half of the home-and-home.

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