Daily Dose of the Dub: Rockets extend assistant coach, Raiders and Giants victorious

Kelowna Rockets extend Kris Mallette for two more years

The Kelowna Rockets have extended assistant coach Kris Mallette through the 2020-21 season. Mallette has been in his role since the 2014-15 season after a nine-year playing career in the pros and coaching at varying levels of hockey. Mallette is also an alumnus of the WHL having spent 249 games in the league with the Rockets and Moose Jaw Warriors recording eight goals and 27 assists as a stay-at-home defenseman between 1996 and 2000.

“My family and I are happy to be in Kelowna for another two years. I want to thank the Hamilton family for this opportunity to continue and coach with the Rockets during the Memorial Cup season. I’m excited to work with Adam and our staff in preparing our team, specifically our defence and penalty kill for major junior hockey’s biggest stage.” Mallette said in a press release.

Raiders, Giants victorious in Game 4 of WHL Conference Final series’ 

The Prince Albert Raiders defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 on Wednesday night to send the series back to Prince Albert tied up at two games apiece. Goaltender Ian Scott had two goals in the win and Noah Gregor had the game-winner.

Out West, the Vancouver Giants played the role of comeback kids again against the Spokane Chiefs with a 4-3 win in overtime. The Giants will now have a chance to eliminate the Chiefs on home ice on Friday night. Of note, the Chiefs played Wednesday night’s game without Luc Smith and Filip Kral who both missed the game due to injury.

Telus Cup Update

Saskatoon Blades prospect Jayden Wiens has 3 goals and one assist for the Tisdale Trojans at the Telus Cup which has him tied for first in goals and fourth in points through three games played

Moose Jaw Warriors prospect Cade Hayes has one assist for Tisdale through three games. The forward from Eatonia, Saskatchewan had 23 goals and 35 assists in 43 regular season games for the Trojans.

Americans prospect commits to Nanaimo of BCHL

Tri-City Americans prospect Ben Coghlan has committed to the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the BCHL for the 2019-20 season. The sixth-round pick in the 2018 WHL bantam draft had three goals and seven assists in 34 games for the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League this season.

Broncos fans to get improved viewing experience at home games next year

The Swift Current Broncos announced today that they are installing a new score clock at the Innovation Credit Union i-plex for the 2019-20 season. The Broncos say the overall profile of the new clock will be slightly smaller than the current one but the new screens will display “top quality definition” and “increase the quality and capabilities of our video production.  It will provide fans in all seating zones with a higher value viewing experience during gameplay.”

Leschyshyn makes pro playoff debut 

Jake Leschyshyn made his pro playoff debut for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. In 257 WHL games with the Regina Pats and Lethbridge Hurricanes, he has 85 goals and 95 assists. Leschyshyn is eligible to return to the Hurricanes next season for his overage season but he will likely turn pro in the Vegas Golden Knights’ system. The Knights selected him in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Belle to coach OHA Edmonton Elite 15s 

Following Monday’s announcement that Serge Lajoie will be joining OHA Edmonton to coach their Midget prep team, OHA Edmonton has announced that WHL alumni Shawn Belle is joining the organization as coach of their Elite 15 team. The 34-year-old played 253 games in the WHL with the Regina Pats and Tri-City Americans scoring 30 goals and adding 87 assists. Belle went on to have a 10-year pro career which saw short stints with the Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, and Edmonton Oilers before retiring after the 2014-15 season.

Three Stars of the Night

First Star: Spokane’s Adam Beckman had two goals in their loss.

Second Star: Vancouver’s Bowen Byram had a goal and an assist.

Third Star: Prince Albert’s Ian Scott made 25 saves on 26 shots.

Honourable Mentions

Vancouver’s Davis Koch and Milos Roman each had two assists for the Giants.

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