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Kelowna look to shrug off losing streak in Edmonton

Friday, February 26th, 2010 | 5:00 am

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By Pieter Uni

Losers of three straight on the road, and currently mired in a five-game losing streak overall, the Kelowna Rockets are in need of a win tonight when they face the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Rockets enter their fourth consecutive road game in desperate shape. The losing streak began Feb. 13 when the Rockets fell to Kamloops 4-3 and reached five this past Wednesday after a 3-2 setback against Lethbridge.

The five-game losing streak marks the fourth time the Rockets have lost at least five games this season and has left Kelowna in sixth place in the Western Conference. The Rockets currently share the sixth spot with the Chilliwack Bruins, while the Kamloops Blazers sit only two points behind in eighth spot.

But a matchup against the Oil Kings might just be what Kelowna need to shake out of their slump.

While the Rockets have struggled in their first three games of their five-game road trip, Kelowna have Edmonton’s number this season. In two meetings, the Rockets have two wins and in the last five years, Kelowna has won all their games against the Oil Kings.

But Edmonton have a streak of their own. While the Oil Kings inhabit the 12th spot in the Eastern Conference and sit 22 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, the home side has won four in a row.

Following Friday’s contest in Edmonton, the Rockets will travel to Calgary to finish up their five-game road trip.


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