Sunday, October 4, 2009

Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho it's 3 wins in a row

  • Head coach Ryan Huska celebrated his 150th WHL game behind the Kelowna Rockets bench Saturday night with a 7-2 win over the Chilliwack Bruins. After a scoreless opening period the Rockets took over, scoring four times in the second period and three times in the final frame for their 3rd win of the season.
  • After going winless in their first 3 games (0-2-1-0), the Rockets have now won three straight. Rookie Brett Bulmer scored twice and added an assist as the Rockets improved to 3-2-1-0.
  • Eleven Rockets found the score sheet Saturday night with rookie Jessey Astles scoring his first WHL goal. Astles goal opened the scoring.
  • Five of the Rockets seven goals were scored by first year players.
  • The Rockets seven goal outburst on the road matched a similar result last season when the Rockets beat the Cougars in Prince George (Nov 21 2008) by a score of 7-3.
  • Brandon McMillan extended his point streak to five games. McMillan has 8 assists in those five games. McMillan has enjoyed a 5 game point streak three times in his career.
  • McMillan was fortunate to escape injury after Bruins forward Randy McNaught blasted him into the side boards halfway through the opening period. McNaught was given a 2 minute minor for boarding, but it looked like a charge from where I was sitting. Either way McNaught also sat for an extra 5 minutes when he took part in a scrap with Tyler Matheson, who engaged with McNaught after the hit was made. McNaught was trying to stir up a hornets nest early in the game when he attempted to send Rockets rookie d-man Colton Jobke through the end boards about four minutes into the game.
  • Just over 31 hundred fans took in the game in Chilliwack Saturday night. I can't believe that many people were actually in attendance, but if that was the paid attendance, I'll buy it.
    The Rockets have not lost in regulation time to the Bruins in 11 games.
  • Kyle Verdino will play in his 100th WHL game Wednesday against Medicine Hat. Verdino is still looking for his first career goal.
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