Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets play game two of a three game home stand tonight against the Prince George Cougars. The Rockets host the Cougars tonight before facing off at home against Portland on Wednesday. Last night the Rockets were a 3-2 winner over the Chilliwack Bruins. Cody Almond, Brady Leavold and Evan Bloodoff scored for the Rockets, in the team’s 28th win of the season. The win extended the Rockets winning streak on home ice to five games. Tonight the Rockets face the Cougars for the 7th of 8 times this season. The Rockets are 5-1-0-0 in the previous six meetings, out-scoring the Cougars 36-9. The Rockets are playing the 12th game of 12 straight against an opponent in the BC division. The Rockets are 8-3-0-0 over that period.
Vs. The Cougars: The Rockets have out-shot the Cougars in all six games this season. The Rockets have fired 210 shots at the Cougars net this season for an average of 35 shots per game. The Cougars have managed 125 shots, for an average of 20.8 per game in the seasonal series. The Rockets are 17 for 30=56.7% in the first six games, while the Cougars are 6 for 32=18.8% against the Rockets penalty kill. In three of the six games the Rockets have scored no less than four power play goals.
Period Scoring Breakdown vs. Cougars:
Period 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Rockets: 14 10 12 0 0 36
Cougars: 3 4 2 0 0 9
Leading the Pack: Colin Long is riding a six game point streak (3+6=9), and has points in 13 of his last 14 games (7+18=25). Jamie Benn is riding a 8 game point streak (6+9=15). Benn leads the team in power play goals with 12. Cody Almond has 45 points this season, and has tied his career high of 15 goals set all of last season. Almond has a seven game point streak (4+9=13). Brady Leavold is riding an 11 game point streak. Leavold has 8+12=20 over that period. The line of Long, Benn and Leavold are a combined +75. Both Almond, Leavold and Benn have 8 goals since the Christmas break.
Rockets Tidbits: Jamie Benn has an 8 point lead on Brandon’s Brayden Schenn and Calgary’s T.J Galiardi for the WHL points lead among rookies. Who was the last Rocket to lead the WHL in rookie scoring? Scott King had 97 points during the 1996-97 season, four more than Regina’s Dmitri Nabokov. King left the University of Boston to play for the Rockets that season as a 19 year-old rookie…The Rockets have scored 59 power play goals this season, two more than the 57 they scored all of last season with the extra man…The Rockets have won 5 straight at home, with their last setback being a 4-3 loss to Kamloops on December 28th. The Rockets have out-scored their opponent 22-5 in those five home games… The Rockets have scored a power play goal in eight of their last nine games, going 15 for 53=28.3% over that period. The Rockets have allowed just 4 power play goals in 37 penalty kill opportunities in those 9 games…The Rockets have 14 games left on home ice, and just 10 on the road…The Rockets have points in 8 of their last 11 road games (6-3-0-2). The Rockets three road regulation losses over that period were against Kamloops (5-3), Vancouver (5-2) and Regina (4-3)…The Rockets have scored the most goals in the WHL (175), and have scored 19 more goals than they had all of last season…Brandon McMillan has a five game point streak (2+5=7)…Kyle St Denis had a six game point streak snapped last night against Chilliwack. St. Denis had (4+6=10) over that period…Tyson Dowzak is a +10 in his last 12 games….The Rockets now have 14 wins at home and 14 on the road…Rockets goaltender Torrie Jung has won his last 4 starts , having allowed just four goals over that period with a .955 save percentage…After the trade deadline the Rockets have the second youngest team in the WHL. Only the Prince George Cougars are younger.
Rockets vs. Divisions:
vs. BC: 17-8-0-1 vs. US: 4-5-2-0
vs. Central: 3-1-0-0 vs. East: 4-1-0-2
Rockets Schedule - Next 5 Games: Rockets Results - Last 5 Games:
Jan 23 vs. Portland Rockets 3 Chilliwack 1 W
Jan 25 @ Swift Current Rockets 11 Cougars 1 W
Jan 26 @ Med Hat Rockets 5 Cougars 2 W
Jan 30 vs. Everett Rockets 3 Kamloops 5 L
Feb 1 vs. Lethbridge Rockets 3 Chiliwack 2 W
Record by Month:
Month Games Record Home Road
September: 4 1-2-1-0 0-1-1-0 1-1-0-0
October: 11 5-5-0-1 3-3-0-1 2-2-0-0
November: 13 9-2-1-1 4-1-0-0 5-1-1-1
December: 12 6-4-0-2 2-1-0-0 4-3-0-2
January: 13 8-1-0-0 5-0-0-0 3-1-0-0
February: 11 0-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 0-0-0-0
Rockets Players by Province: BC=12 US=4 ALB=3 SASK=2 MAN=1 EURO=1 Total=23
Rockets Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored: 11 @ Prince George Jan 11/08 in an 11-1 win.
Most Goals Allowed: 6 vs. Kootenay Nov 23/07 (7-6 OTW), @ Tri City November 21/07 (6-1 L)
Most Power Play Chances: 10 vs. Prince George Jan 4/08 in a 6-0 win, 9 @ PG Nov 10/07 (6-1 W – 4/9) vs. Warriors Oct 27/07. Rockets were 0/9 losing 4-3 in shootout.
Most Power Play Goals Scored: 4 @ Cougars Jan 11/08 (11-1 W), vs. Cougars Jan 4/08 in a 6-0 win, @ PG Nov 10/07 (6-1 W)
Most Power Play Goals Allowed: 4 @ Vancouver Dec 29/07 (5-2 L), @ Everett Sept 29/07
Most Shots Taken: 41 @ Prince George Jan 12/08 (5-2 W).
Fewest Shots Taken: 9 @ Vancouver Sept 29/07 (5-0L)
Most Shot Allowed: 48 @ Vancouver Sept 30/07
Fewest Shots Allowed: 13 vs. Blazers Oct 30/07 (6-1 W)
Last Shutout: - Kristofer Westblom 22 saves vs. Cougars Jan 4/08 in a 6-0 win. Kristofer Westblom 28 saves vs. Calgary (5-0 W)
Last Time Shutout: - @ Vancouver Sept 29/07 – Sexsmith 9 saves (5-0 L)
Penalty Shots: Lucas Bloodoff fails to score on Justin Leclerc in 4-3 loss to Kamloops December 28th. Torrie Jung stops Bruins forward Cody Smuk in a 4-1 win in Chilliwack Dec 31/07. Torrie Jung stops Hawks forward Luke Walker Nov 17/07 in a 4-1 win in Portland. Kristofer Westblom stops Everett’s Shane Harper in a 3-2 overtime loss Nov 16/07 in Everett. Torrie Jung stopped Michal Repik in the 3rd period of a 5-0 loss Sept 29/07.
Overtime Winning Goal: Jamie Benn scored at 4:59 December 15/07 in a 3-2 win in Saskatoon. Tyler Myers scored at 3:58 of overtime December 5/07 in a 4-3 win over Medicine Hat. Colin Long scored at :44 of overtime Nov 23/07 in a 7-6 win over Kootenay. Jamie Benn scored at 1:07 of overtime Nov 2/07 in a 3-2 win over Chilliwack.
Shootout Game Winning Goals: Dylan Hood scores in a 4-3 win in Seattle October 6/07. Colin Long scored the game winner in a 2-1 win over Vancouver October 24th.
Player total: 24
Year by Year Breakdown:
20’s – 3 Westblom, McEwan, Leavold
19’s – 3 Dowzak, MacRae, Joe
18’s – 8 Long, Kytnar, Brusciano, L. Bloodoff, Jung, Schenn, Almond, Benn
17’s – 6 St. Denis, E. Bloodoff, McIntosh, Myers, McMillan, Hood
16’s – 4 Bowman, Barrie, Paradis, Verdino
Average Age: 17.7
Rookies – 7
NHL Draft Picks-Training Camp Attendees: Jamie Benn (Dallas 07), Torrie Jung (Tampa Bay 07), Cody Almond (Minnesota 07), Milan Kytnar (Oilers 07), Tysen Dowzak (Tryout Philadelphia).
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel (AM 1150)