Rockets split WHL exhibition set

Kelowna Rockets split weekend WHL preseason games with Vancouver Giants.

After a pair of exhibition games on the weekend, the Kelowna Rockets began their first full week of practice on Monday as the team was back on the ice at Prospera Place.

The Rockets split two games with the Vancouver Giants to open the Western Hockey League preseason, losing 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday in Kelowna after beating the Giants 4-3 on Friday night in Ladner.

Both games saw the Rockets dress a team full of newcomers and prospects as well as a few veteran players.

“I think it was a typical of exhibition hockey,” said Rockets director of player personnel Lorne Frey.

“Our young guys have to get their feet wet and that is what this past weekend was all about. Now we have to get our veteran players in the lineup and we will have to make some decisions with a few players on what is best for us and and what is best for them.”

The Rockets will play another home-and-home set this weekend as they play Victoria twice, meeting the Royals in Maple Ridge on Friday before hosting Victoria on Saturday.

Frey said the week of practice will be good for the players as the team heads for the start of the WHL regular season Sept. 21.