Saturday, October 25, 2008

Home Cook'n Tastes Good

  • For a second straight meeting against the Chilliwack Bruins, the Rockets cruised to victory. Friday's game - a 6-0 Rockets win - was as lopsided as Wednesday's 5-0 win in the 'Wack'. Jamie Benn and Colin Long each scored twice in the victory while rookie Adam Brown had an easy night making just 14 saves.
  • Brown has now recorded back-to-back shutouts. It's the first time a Rockets goaltender has accomplished the feat since Derek Yeomans had back-to-back shutouts in 2006.
  • Before you get too excited, the Rockets did record back-to-back shutouts in the 2006-2007 season when Kristofer Westblom and Torrie Jung shared the shutout in a 2-0 win over Vancouver before Torrie Jung made 17 saves a few nights later against Portland.
  • Kelly Guard holds the Rockets record for three consecutive shutouts in 2003-2004. Whats amazing is Guard not only played three straight games without allowing a goal, but he shut out the opposition in back-to-back starts twice that season.
  • While the Chilliwack Bruins are praying to the hockey gods for the return of Oscar Moller from the LA Kings, would Moller turn the teams offensive woes around? Sure he'd be a shot in the arm offensively, but I just don't see much of a supporting cast if the Swede returns to junior.
  • I will give props to Bruins goaltender Mark Friesen, who stood tall despite his teams inept offense. Friesen never got the yank despite giving up six goals. Only one I would consider being stoppable...that was the Dylan Hood goal to make it 4-0.
  • Kyle St. Denis took the rest of the night off after jamming his wrist in the second period.
  • The Rockets are unbeaten at home this season. The Rockets are 5-0-0-0. The only other teams not to lose in regulation time at home are Medicine Hat, Tri City, Vancouver and....ya Prince George.
  • The Rockets have now scored 60 goals this season, second best only to Vancouver's 66 in the Western Conference. Only three teams in the WHL have scored 60 or more goals this season. The Rockets (60), Calgary (61) and Vancouver (66).
  • The Rockets have now scored the most power play goals in the WHL (26). Calgary is a close second with 24.
  • Jamie Benn and Colin Long now lead the league in goals with 12.
  • The Rockets won't be able to surprise the Brandon Wheat Kings tonight. Head coach Kelly McCrimmon and his assistants took in the game.

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