Saturday, November 21, 2009

Road woes history

  • When you've lost five straight games and have failed to taste a road win in over a month, even a victory against the worst team in the WHL feels good. Kyle St. Denis and Cody Chikie each scored power play goals in a 2-0 shutout win Saturday night as the Kelowna Rockets beat the Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre.
  • St. Denis scored his 13th goal of the season when he picked up a nice pass from linemate Tyler Halliday. It was Halliday's first point in a Rockets uniform.
  • While the Rockets clicked for two power play goals, it was the clubs penalty killing unit that really impressed shutting out the Cougars in 6 chances.
  • The Rockets team discipline was much improved from Fridays 3-2 loss. A good example came early in the first period, when on a power play, Mitchell Callahan was poked in the face after a stoppage of play by Cougars captain Garrett Thiessen. Instead of retaliating, Callahan gave Thiessen a dirty look and skated away.
  • Geordie Wudrick extended his point streak to three games with an assist on St. Denis' first period power play goal. Wudrick has 2+1=3 in his first three games with his new team.
  • Tyson Barrie extended his point streak to 13 games with an assist on Chikie's third period power play goal. Calgary's Brandon Kozun has the longest point streak in the WHL at 16 games.
  • The biggest surprise this season has to be the play of 18 year-old forward Cody Chikie. Chikie has 9 goals, the third most on the team behind St. Denis (13) and Wudrick (10).
  • Is any penalty a good penalty. I thought Wudrick's boarding minor showed me something positive. Wudrick labeled Cougars forward Parker Stanfield into the side boards sending the Cougar forward to the ice grimacing in pain. A penalty was called but it again showed me that Wudrick isn't scared to finish a check and is willing to get involved physically. Wudrick appears to be in a good mind space which makes him a much better player.
  • Adam Brown earned his 5th career shutout.
  • The only fight of the night came when Greg Fraser elected to scrap with Curt Gogol. The spirited tilt lasted over 30 seconds as the two traded punches at center ice.
  • Shane McColgan returned to the lineup after sitting out Friday's game as a healthy scratch.
  • Former Rockets goaltender Torrie Jung got the surprise call Saturday that he would be the backup goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers game against Chicago. To hear the audio of the pre-game interview with Jung, click here:
  • Congrats to Stepan Novotny for scoring his first goal in a Swift Current Broncos uniform Saturday night in Cranbrook.

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