Former Vernon Vipers Associate Coach Kris Mallette & the Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets tied a Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League record with their third straight 50 win season. The Rockets are only the fourth team in CHL history to accomplish the feat joining the Kamloops Blazers, Edmonton Oil Kings & Saint John Sea Dogs.
Mallette a Rocket Alumni & current Rockets Assistant Coach was an Associate Coach with the Vipers last year (2013-14) before leaving the Vipers for the Rockets on July 4th 2014. Mallette was selected 62nd overall in Round 3 at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers played ten years in the Minor Pros with Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Asheville, Elmira, Colorado, Youngstown, Laredo and Flint before starting his coaching career.
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RECORD SETTER: Rockets win 50th 5-2 over Chiefs
Mar 07, 2015
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Spokane Chiefs 5-2 on Saturday night at Prospera Place winning its 50th game of the season in improving to 50-11-4-1 on the season.
It's the third straight season the Rockets have won at least 50 games after winning 57 last season and 52 a year before. Kelowna is just the third WHL club and fourth in the CHL to win 50 or more games in three straight years.
Nick Merkley, Chance Braid and Cole Martin each had a goal and an assist to lead the Rockets attack while Tate Coughlin and Tyrell Goulbourne also scored for the Rockets.
Kelowna controlled much of the game, outshooting Spokane 38-20 with Jackson Whistle earning the win in net.
Kelowna joins elite company in winning at least 50 in three straight years. Only Kamloops (89-90 to 91-92) and Edmonton (11-12 to 13-14) have recorded three straight 50 win campaigns in the WHL. The Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL have also pulled off the feat between 2010-12.
The Rockets are back in action on Wednesday at Prospera Place when they welcome BC Division rival Victoria for the final meeting of the season between the two teams.