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Prince George Cougars look to ground the Rockets after split with Vancouver

Cougars look to extend their winning streak to two with NHL royalty in the building
(via Prince George Cougars/James Doyle)

Two-time Stanley Cup champion and Canadian Olympic gold medal winner defenceman Adam Foote, of course, won't be on the ice tonight but will be behind the bench when the Kelowna Rockets pay a visit to the CN Centre this evening (Nov. 14). 

Foote, who won two Stanley Cups in 1996 and 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche, was named head coach of the Rockets on Oct. 23. He previously was a defensive coach with the Avalanche from 2011 through last season. 

While there are hype and awe around someone so profound being in the building, the Cougars will be paying attention to nothing more than a win on home ice starting a five-game homestand. 

During their four previous 2018-19 regular season meetings, Kelowna has a 2-2-0-0 record while Prince George sits at 2-1-1-0. Prince George has had some success at home against the Rockets with a 6-5-3-0 record over the past five years while Kelowna has a record of 8-6-0-0. 

Coming into the contest, Kelowna is on a two-game losing skid while Prince George is on a one-game winning streak after their 1-0 win against Vancouver on Remembrance Day.


Here are the breakdowns statistically for both teams to date on the road (Kelowna) and at home (Prince George):

Kelowna Rockets

  • Record: 5-6-0-0
  • Powerplays: 9/42 (21.4 per cent)
  • Penalty killing: 6/53 (88.7 per cent)
  • For the season: 58 goals for and 67 goals against

Prince George Cougars

  • Record: 4-5-0-1
  • Powerplays: 8/49 (14.5 per cent)
  • Penalty killing: 6/38 (84.2 per cent)
  • For the season: 43 goals for and 52 goals against

Top five point leaders for each side: 

Kelowna Rockets

  • Kyle Topping (8-17-25)
  • Leif Mattson (8-12-20)
  • Nolan Foote (11-5-16)
  • Lassi Thomson (7-9-16)
  • Liam Kindree (3-11-14)

Prince George Cougars

  • Vladislav Mikhalchuk (3-11-14)
  • Cole Moberg (5-7-12)
  • Ethan Browne (4-6-10)
  • Josh Curtis (5-5-10)
  • Jackson Leppard (4-5-9)

Tonight's puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.