Rockets welcome US rival

The Kelowna Rockets put a couple of streaks on the line tonight, when the Tri-City Americans make their final visit of the season to Prospera Place.

The Rockets have won 12 straight on home ice, and five in a row overall.

Assistant coach Travis Crickard says tenacity and work ethic have paid off.

"For instance, if our guy goes in on a forecheck and the other team breaks the puck out, our guy isn't done his job yet. That player has to start tracking the puck hard so we can get it back," said Crickard.

"Same thing goes for the defensive zone. If we're in the D-zone, we play hard so we're able to get the puck back. That's the biggest thing."

The Americans come in winners of five of their last seven games. Their only two defeats over that span, a pair of overtime losses.

Wednesday's game is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams.

The Rockets were 4-3 OT winners the only other time the teams met at Prospera. Tri-City won both meetings in Kennewick, 2-1 and 4-3 in overtime.

Kelowna comes into the game with a two-point bulge on Victoria atop the B.C. Division, while the Americans are third in the U.S. Division, just three points in back of division-leading Everett.

The Rockets will conclude their three-game homestand Friday against Seattle before travelling to Calgary to face the Hitmen, Sunday.

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