Morning Star Staff
Winger Cody Fowlie is back in the Western Hockey League.
After a three-game stint with the BCHL Vernon Vipers, the 20-year-old was today claimed off WHL waivers by the Kelowna Rockets.
Fowlie, who scored once for Vernon, is expected to join the Rockets on a four-game road trip to Alberta starting Wednesday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers. He was playing on the Vipers’ top line with Adam Tambellini and Aaron Hadley.
The Vipers grabbed the hard-hitting Fowlie a week ago after he was released by the Everett Silvertips due to overage restrictions. A native of Airdie, Alta., Fowlie had 14 goals and 40 points with Everett last year.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder, known for strong leadership, played 70 games in his rookie season in the WHL, earning 7-8-15 with the Tips.
With J.T. Barnett (2 to 3 weeks) and Mitchell Chapman (one month-plus) both on the sidelines, Dylen McKinlay was the only overage player seeing duty for the Rockets.
“Having just one 20-year-old in your lineup isn’t really enough,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “A lot of times, those older guys can come in and push the rest of your lineup, including the other overage players. We want to see Cody come in here and compete for a spot.”
Fowlie and the Vipers bowed 2-1 in overtime to the Langley Rivermen before 550 fans Saturday night at the Langley Events Centre.
Chicago product Matt Utsaki netted the winner at 4:29 of overtime as the Rivermen improved to 6-5-0-2. The Vipers dropped to 3-7-0-4.
Vernon hosts the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Friday night and entertains the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday night.
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