Rockets 'zip-line' before final

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET

The Kelowna Rockets won't play again until the Memorial Cup final on Sunday.

So Wednesday, they went zip-lining.

"I don't know how high it is but everyone's going to do it," Kelowna captain Colin Long said. "They'll be some who try to back out, I'm sure, but they don't have a choice."

Even head coach Ryan Huska planned to take a trip down the aerial pulley sometimes referred to as "the death slide".

"Maybe I'll lurk in the weeds and just say I went," Huska said. "Hopefully, I'll see you guys tomorrow."

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Windsor forward Adam Henrique scored two goals against Drummondville.

Then, he got in two scuffles against Rimouski.

Finally, he had two assists in the Spitfires' win over Kelowna.

What can he pull the double in next?

"A second win," the 19-year-old from Burford, Ont., and New Jersey third-rounder said with a grin. "That's all I'm looking for. We're going to play a team coming off the second of a back-to-back (and no team here yet has won the second game when they've played on consecutive days)."

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Calgary Hitmen bench boss and ex-Flames forward Dave Lowry was named head coach of Canada's national under-18 team for the Ivan Hlinka tournament at the Czech Republic and Slovakia in August.

The Sudbury native and former London Knight led Calgary to a 59-9-3-1 record this year but the Hitmen lost to Kelowna in the Western Hockey League final.

Lowry's assistants will be Chris DePiero (Oshawa Generals) and Mark Holick (Kootenay Ice) with Ron Tugnutt as goalie consultant.

AROUND TOWN

Drummondville and Rimouski won't like this: goaltending legend Patrick Roy has fed the OHL champion Windsor Spitfires added information about the Voltigeurs and Oceanic.

The Spitfires have to beat both teams in consecutive games starting tonight to get to the Cup final Sunday. Roy is friends with Windsor GM Warren Rychel, his former teammate in Colorado.

"We had Patty Roy on the speaker phone for a few minutes," Spits head coach Bob Boughner said. "We've watched them here and on video but he sees these teams (as coach of the Quebec Remparts). He was able to give us a little bit more on their systems and tendencies."

Boughner also planned to pick the brain of Moncton Wildcats head coach Danny Flynn, spotted eating dinner this week with Erie Otters GM Sherry Bassin at Rimouski's downtown Maison du Spaghetti.

Bassin was GM and Flynn an assistant with the Boughner-captained Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds that went winless at the 1991 Cup in Quebec City.


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