Rockets return to the road

The Kelowna Rockets will have their hands full when they kick off a three-game road trip tonight in Kennewick, Wash.

The Rockets, winners of three in a row, visit the top teams in both the U.S. and B.C. divisions over the next four days.

Following tonight's tilt with the Tri-City Americans, it's back-to-back games with the Victoria Royals. Both teams are leading their divisions.

Wednesday's match-up with the Americans is the third meeting between the two teams in the past 14 days.

Tri-City edged Kelowna 2-1 in Kennewick two weeks ago before the Rockets returned the favour with a 4-3 overtime win last Friday at Propsera Place.

"We've had success in our last few games because we've been working hard in all three zones and playing much quicker hockey as a team. Our message as coaches is to continue to build on our recent success but not be satisfied," said assistant coach Kris Mallette.

"We remind them daily of what keys have led to their success – short shifts, discipline, and quick support to name a few. We have to approach every game with the same mindset. If we play our game the right way but remain aware of our opponents tendencies we should be in every game."

The Rockets are currently second in the B.C. Division, two points up on third place Prince George and nine behind the division-leading Royals.

Kelowna holds games in hand on both.

The Rockets don't play at home again until Nov. 10, when the Vancouver Giants come to town.

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