Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Tri City Americans are meeting in game one of a seven game Western Conference Semi Final Series. Game two is tomorrow night with games three and four back in
Digging Deeper: In the four game seasonal series, the home team won every game. The Americans out-shot the Rockets 110-109 in the four games. The Rockets were 2 for 14 on the power play (14.3%) in the four game set while the Americans were 1 for 22 (5%). The Rockets did not allow a power play goal in three of the four games.
Seasonal Series Scoring:
1 2 3 Total
Rockets: 0 2 7 9
Americans: 6 3 3 12
What Happened In Round One: The Rockets eliminated the Kamloops Blazers in four straight games in the opening round. Overall the Rockets out-scored the Blazers 17-8 in the four games. Jamie Benn led the Rockets with ten points in the series (3+7=10), while Cody Almond, Tyson Barrie, and Tyler Myers each had five points apiece. Mark Guggenberger started in all four games, going 4-0-0-0, with a goals against average of 1.91.
Benn+Long=Points in Playoffs: Jamie Benn has 21 career playoff points in just 11 games. Benn has 6+15=21. What’s most impressive is Benn has a point in every playoff game he’s been involved in. Benn is riding an 11 game point streak in the playoffs dating back to last season. Colin Long has 16 playoff points in his career (3+13=16). Long has playoff points in 9 of his last 11 games.
In Case You Are Wondering: Last season the Rockets were involved in an opening round playoff series with
Playoff Experience: Overage forward Ian Duval leads the Rockets in playoff experience with 46 games under his belt. Duval was part of a Calgary Hitmen team that went all the way to the Eastern Conference final last season before losing out in four straight games to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Season That Was: The Rockets finished in third place in the Western Conference, three points up on the fourth place Spokane Chiefs and three behind the second place Tri City Americans. The Rockets scored the second most goals in the Western Conference this season and the 5th most overall. Defensively, the Rockets allowed the third fewest goals against in the Western Conference behind only
That’s A Fact Jack: The Rockets have not been past the second round of the playoffs since 2005, the year they won a league title....Rockets forward Lucas Bloodoff was originally selected in the WHL Bantam Draft by the Tri City Americans. Bloodoff was a 6th round pick in 2004. Bloodoff never played a game with the Americans before his rights were traded to