Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets open a three game home stand tonight against the Chilliwack Bruins. Overall the Rockets play 5 of their next 6 games on home ice. It’s the 8th of 10 meetings between the Rockets and Bruins this season. The Rockets are 5-2-0-0 in the first seven games, including 3-0-0-0 on home ice. The Rockets are 2-2-0-0 in Chilliwack. In the seasonal series three of the seven games have been decided by a single goal. Overall the Rockets have out-scored the Bruins 21-18. Following tonight’s game these two teams will face each other March 9th in Chilliwack before concluding the seasonal series March 12th back in Kelowna. The Rockets are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss last night in Kamloops. Tyler Myers third period power play goal tied the game at one and set the stages for the shootout. The Rockets were 1/6 on the power play and out-shot the Blazers 32-23. Following tonight’s game the Rockets host the Edmonton Oil Kings in a rare Thursday night game.
Shootout Woes Continue: The Rockets participated in their 8th shootout game of the year last night in Kamloops. The Rockets are 2-6 in the shootout. The Rockets only shootout wins were a 4-3 victory over Seattle October 6th and a 2-1 win over Vancouver October 24th. Since that game the Rockets have lost 6 straight shootout games. The Rockets have dropped shootout games to Kamloops and Moose Jaw (twice), Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Oddly enough Torrie Jung has been in goal in five of those six shootout losses, and is now 1-7 in his career under the format.
Quick Hits: The Rockets are winless in 3 straight games (0-2-0-1), with their last regulation win coming in a 5-1 home ice victory over Everett January 30th. The Rockets longest losing streak this season is just three games. The Rockets were 2-1 losers to Spokane October 13th, before falling 4-3 to Everett on October 19th. The Rockets then dropped a 4-3 decision to Spokane October 20th…Rockets forward Jamie Benn will miss his 5th straight game tonight with a sprained ankle. The Rockets are 1-2-0-1 in his absence…Torrie Jung has started 7 consecutive games in goal, with Kristofer Westblom’s last start January 19th against the Prince George Cougars ….The Rockets have clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference for the 16th time in franchise history. The team has missed the playoffs just once in 17 years…Colin Long has 54 points more than he had all of last season…The Rockets have just 6 road games left, with stops in Chilliwack, Vancouver, Spokane, Seattle, Portland and Tri City…The Rockets have lost 6 times in the shootout this season. That’s a league high shared with Moose Jaw and Edmonton…While Jung has had little success in the shootout, he is 4-0 when it comes to penalty shot situations. Jung has stopped Blazers forward Jusso Puustinen, Vancouver’s Michal Repik, Chilliwack’s Cody Smuk and Portland’s Luke Walker.
Games Played Ticker:
Brady Leavold: 184 Colin Long: 145 Dylan Hood: 96 Tyler Myers: 117
Cody Almond: 144 Brandon McMillan: 110 Myles MacRae: 169
Kyle St. Denis: 52 Evan Bloodoff: 112 Tysen Dowzak: 151
Lucas Bloodoff: 124 Luke Schenn: 173 Colin Joe: 232
Rockets Tidbits: The Rockets have been out-scored 26-16 in their last six games…Colin Long has a 3 point lead on Mark Santorelli for the WHL points lead. Long also leads the WHL in assists with 59, 2 better than Santorelli…Jamie Benn leads WHL rookies in scoring, 5 points better than Brandon’s Brayden Schenn. Benn is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle…Brady Leavold has points in 3 of his last 4 games (1+3=4).…Jamie Benn has seven-two goal games this season, but has yet to register a hat-trick…Colin Long has 25-multiple point games this season…The Rockets have scored the most power play goals in the WHL (69), four better than Vancouver’s 65….The Rockets have 16 games left in the regular season, 10 at home and 6 on the road…The Rockets have points in 10 of their last 15 road games (6-5-0-4). Cody Almond has 97 career points…The Rockets have played the second most games in the Western Conference (56). Only Everett, Portland and Kamloops (57) have played more.
Rockets vs. Divisions:
vs. BC: 18-9-0-2 vs. US: 6-5-2-0
vs. Central: 3-2-0-1 vs. East: 4-3-0-2
Rockets Players by Province: BC=12 US=4 ALB=3 SASK=2 MAN=1 EURO=1 Total=23
Rockets Schedule - Next 5 Games: Rockets Results - Last 5 Games:
Feb 14 vs. Brandon Rockets 3 Tigers 4 SOL
Feb 16 vs. Edmonton Rockets 5 Everett 1 W
Feb 19 @ Spokane Rockets 4 Lethbridge 9 L
Feb 22 vs. Seattle Rockets 3 Chilliwack 6 L
Feb 23 vs. Vancouver Rockets 1 Kamloops 2 SOL
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 10-2-0-1 8-0-0-0 2-2-0-1
February: 11 0-2-0-1 0-1-0-0 0-1-0-1
Rockets Season Highs and Lows:
Most Goals Scored: 11 @ Prince George Jan 11/08 in an 11-1 win.
Most Goals Allowed: 9 vs. Lethbridge February 1/08 in a 9-4 loss.
Most Power Play Chances: 11 @ Chilliwack Feb 2/08 in a 6-3 loss, @ Swift Current Jan 25/08. The Rockets were 0/11, losing 4-0.
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: - @ Swift Current Jan 25/08 – Guggenberger 30 saves (4-0 L)
Most Points by a Player: Jamie Benn had 2+4=6 vs. Prince George Jan 19/08.
Most Goals by a Player: Brady Leavold scored 4 goals vs. Prince George Jan 19/08.
Penalty Shots: Juuso Puustinen fails to score on Torrie Jung Feb 8/08 in a Rockets 2-1 shootout loss to the Blazers. 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, 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)