Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets and Bruins and meeting for the third time this season. The Rockets are 2-0-0-0, having out-scored the Bruins 13-6. The Rockets have won by scores of 6-4 and 7-2. Following tonight’s game these two teams meet November 27th in Chilliwack. The Rockets are 2 and 1 during a four game home stand. The Rockets were a 4-1 winner over Calgary and a 5-4 shootout winner Wednesday against Prince George while suffering a 4-3 loss to Spokane. The Rockets are in Kamloops Saturday before hosting the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday. Tomorrow night the Rockets begin a stretch of playing 14 of their next 19 games on the road.
Scoring by periods vs. Bruins:
1 2 3 Total
Rockets: 2 6 5 13
Bruins: 3 1 2 6
Give me more: The Rockets have out-shot the Bruins in both games, by a combined total of 70-59. The Rockets are 4 for 10 on the power play (40%) while the Bruins are 1 for 9 with the extra man (12%) in the first two games.
Last Game Recap? Tyson Barrie scored the game winning goal in the shootout leading the Rockets to a 5-4 win Wednesday night over the Prince George Cougars. Kyle St. Denis, Mitchell Callahan, Brandon McMillan and Spencer Main scored for the Rockets in their 9th win of the season. The Rockets were 1/3 on the power play while the Cougars were 1 for 4. The Rockets out-shot the Cougars 35-31.
Representing the ‘Dub’: Two members of the Rockets will play for the WHL when a touring Russian team makes a stop in Victoria and Kelowna next month as part of the Subway Super Series. Brandon McMillan will be joined by teammate Tyson Barrie. McMillan will play in the game in Kelowna on November 26th while Barrie will play in both games. Ryan Huska is an assistant coach for both games along with Giants bench boss Don Hay. Rockets athletic therapist Jeff Thorburn is part of the Team Canada training staff for both games.
Extra Man Mayhem: The Rockets have scored a power play goal in fourteen of the seventeen games this season. They failed to score a power play goal against Kamloops September 25th, Tri City October 23rd and against Spokane October 30th. The Rockets own the 5th best power play in the league.
Who’s Hot – Who’s Not: Brandon McMillan has points in nine of the ten games he’s played this season. McMillan missed 6 games earlier this season with a cracked bone in his foot. McMillan has 5+12=17 this season. Stepan Novotny has points in 11 of the 17 games this season yet has been held off the score-sheet in 4 of the last 6 games. Shane McColgan has points in 13 of his last 14 games. McColgan has 6+15=21 over that period. McColgan has a point in 14 of the 17 games he’s played this season. McColgan has not scored a goal in five games.
Game Day Tidbits: Tyson Barrie has more points after nine games this season than after nine games one season ago (1+7=8)… Barrie has more goals than all seven of the other Rockets defenseman combined. Collin Bowman has two goals while rookie Antonie Corbin has also scored from the back end….The Rockets have been involved in eight-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 4-3-1-0 in those eight games…In the Rockets next three games they face a team with a .500 or worse record…In their next 11 games, only four of those teams are .500 or better…In the month of November the Rockets are playing 12 games in 24 nights…Stepan Novotny leads the team with 6 power play goals….Mitchell Callahan is a team high +9….Curt Gogol has 192 career WHL penalty minutes. ..Shane McColgan has a team high 16 assist, four better than Brandon McMillan’s 12…McColgan is tied with Medicine Hat’s Emerson Item for the WHL scoring lead by rookies. Item has played four more games….Tyson Barrie is riding a 5 game point streak after missing 8 straight games after being injured against Kamloops on September 25th. Barrie has 3+7=10 over those five games…The Rockets are 9-7-1-0 after seventeen games this season. Last year the Rockets were 10-7-0-0 after seventeen games…The Rockets have scored 67 goals in seventeen games this season after scoring 68 times in the teams first seventeen games one season ago…The Rockets have allowed 60 goals against this season after surrendering 53 goals after seventeen games last year…Ryan Huska has 94 regular season victories as the Rockets head coach.