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Rockets teeter on the brink

Apr 23, 2014 / 10:15 pm

The Kelowna Rockets season is hanging in the balance. Nic Petan scored three power-play goals as his Portland Winterhawks scored five unanswered goals in a 5-1 thumping of the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday in Portland. The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven Western Conference final 3-1 with game...

Hawks top Rockets in overtime

Apr 22, 2014 / 10:45 pm

This one hurts. Taylor Leier capped a furious third period comeback with the game winner 10 minutes into overtime giving the Portland Winterhawks a 4-3 win over the Kelowna Rockets and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final. It's the second time in this series the...

OK Rockets tie opener

Apr 22, 2014 / 9:29 am

The Okanagan Rockets rallied from two goals down Monday to earn a 3-3 tie with Chateauguay, QC, in the opening game for both clubs at the Telus Cup Canadian Midget Hockey Championship. Chateauguay controlled much of the opening 20 minutes and jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead. The Rockets got...

OC Coyotes 2nd at tourney

Apr 22, 2014 / 8:00 am

It was a Happy Easter Weekend Classic for the Okanagan College Coyotes, winning four of five games and a share of second place in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). After a split on Friday and a victory on Saturday, the Yotes beat the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs 3-0 and the...

Hawks turn tables, tie series

Apr 19, 2014 / 10:15 pm

The Portland Winterhawks scored three times in a 2:10 span of the second period to rally from a 3-1 deficit and beat the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 before another sellout crowd at Prospera Place Saturday. The Winterhawks rally came a night after Portland squandered a 3-0 lead in a 5-4 loss in game one...

Rockets take game 1 thriller

Apr 18, 2014 / 11:00 pm

It's not how you start - it's how you finish that counts. The Kelowna Rockets fell behind 3-0 early, survived a video review and roared back for a thrilling 5-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks in game one of the WHL's Western Conference final. The Winterhawks built up the 3-0...

Underdog Rockets ready to go

Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 am

Kelowna Rockets - underdogs? A team that won a Western Hockey League regular season title with 118 points. A team ranked number one in the Canadian Hockey League since the start of the 2014 calendar year. Underdogs? That's how the Rockets see themselves as they get set to face the...

OKC Coyotes host ball tourney

Apr 17, 2014 / 4:59 pm

The Okanagan College Coyotes have won five of their last six and will look to continue their hot play as they will host their inaugural “Easter Weekend Classic” featuring all five Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) teams this weekend at Elk Stadium. The Classic begins on...

No favourite in WHL semi

Apr 16, 2014 / 4:11 pm

The way Mike Johnston sees it there is no clear cut favourite or underdog heading into the Western Hockey League's Western Conference final. The Portland Winterhawks coach and general manager spoke with Castanet Wednesday while his team was en-route to Kelowna for the opening game of the...

Phelps is out of retirement

Apr 14, 2014 / 12:20 pm

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medallist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob...

Rockets, Hawks in epic final

Apr 12, 2014 / 9:09 am

It's the final hockey fans in Kelowna and Portland have been waiting for. The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks, the top two teams in the Western Conference of the Western Hockey League over the regular season, will meet in the Western Conference final beginning next...

Shanahan takes over Leafs

Apr 11, 2014 / 7:20 am

It's official: Hockey Hall of Fame member and Team Canada Olympian Brendan Shanahan is the newest president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shanahan has taken over the role of president and alternate governor of the popular NHL franchise, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) said in a...

Rockets bring out the brooms

Apr 9, 2014 / 10:00 pm

The Kelowna Rocket made sure there would be no repeat of last year's playoff series with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Kelowna completed a sweep of the T-Birds Wednesday night with a 5-2 win in Seattle advancing to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2009 - the last time they...

The new Captain Canuck

Apr 9, 2014 / 9:27 am

Update 9:30 a.m. Former Vancouver Canucks captain Trevor Linden has been named the team's president of hockey operations. The announcement comes a day after the Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis. Linden played 19 seasons in the NHL, mostly with the Canucks. He...

Wrestling legend dies

Apr 9, 2014 / 7:10 am

World Wrestling Entertainment star James Brian Hellwig, better known as the face-painted "Ultimate Warrior," has died at the age of 54. WWE confirmed Hellwig's death in a statement, saying it was "deeply saddened" by the passing of one of the "most iconic" WWE...

Rockets hang on, go up 3-0

Apr 8, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Justin Kirkland's power-play goal on a breakaway six minutes into the third stood up as the game winner as the Kelowna Rockets hung on for a 5-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Tuesday. The win gives the Rockets a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven WHL Western Conference semi-final...

Canucks fire GM Mike Gillis

Apr 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Mike Gillis has been let go as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Despite helping the Canucks to four straight Northwest Division titles, Gillis saw the team miss the playoffs this season for the first time in six years after their loss to Anaheim last night. The Canucks...

No playoffs for the Canucks

Apr 8, 2014 / 6:45 am

The Vancouver Canucks aren't used to this feeling. After five straight playoff appearances — including a Stanley Cup final Game 7 on home ice just three seasons ago — the club's miserable 2013-14 campaign was finally taken off life support Monday. It wasn't pretty on...

OK Rockets off to Telus Cup

Apr 7, 2014 / 12:36 pm

The Okanagan Rockets will be playing for a national championship. For the first time in franchise history, the Rockets will play for the TELUS Cup after winning the Pacific Regional championship over the weekend in Red Deer. The Rockets captured the title with a dramatic 3-2 overtime win over...

Rockets open 2-0 series lead

Apr 5, 2014 / 10:30 pm

The Kelowna Rockets got away with one. After a lacklustre first period the Rockets exploded with three unanswered goals in the second then held on in the third in a 6-3 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. The win gives the Rockets a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series as the teams...

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