Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shootout success

  • A good start and a good finish for the Kelowna Rockets. Tyson Barrie played the hero by scoring the shootout game winning goal in the Rockets 5-4 win Wednesday night over the Prince George Cougars.
  • The Rockets scored two quick goals less than 8 minutes into the game and you had a feeling this could be a blowout. But the Rockets let off the gas pedal allowing the Cougars to fight back. The two teams skated into the first intermission tied at two.
  • Much like his team, Cougars goaltender Alex Wright also got better as the game wore on. Wright's best save was early in the 3rd period when he made a solid save off of Brandon McMillan on a breakaway when the game was tied at 3.
  • Adam Brown's best save of the game came in overtime when he robbed Cougars forward James Dobrowolski. Cougars defenseman Kurt Torbohm makes a nice pass towards the left side of Adam Brown where Dobrowolski is standing all alone. On his belly, Brown doesn't give up on the play and stops the puck as it comes off the stick of the Cougars forward.
  • Cougars d-man Jesse Forsberg is a great player. The 16 year-old was exposed in the Rockets 7-1 win over the Cougars a few weeks back but logged a ton of ice time in this one and was as good as any defender out there on either team.
  • Lucas Bloodoff had a spirited fight with Cougars tough guy Tyler Halliday. Bloodoff was the aggressor yet didn't receive an instigator penalty, much to the dismay of the Cougars. Bloodoff also had a huge hit on Cougars d-man Daniel Medland-Marchen to set the tone just 30 seconds into the game
  • The win moves the Rockets past Chilliwack and Kamloops into 5th place in the Western Conference.
  • Former NHL GM Al Coates took in the game. Coates is now working as an executive with the National Hockey League.

8 comments:

Jared Comeau said...

Rockets had no business winning this hockey game IMO Regan. Passes were sloppy, they were making blind plays, and the work ethic was no better than the Spokane game...Something has to change soon if this is going to be the norm.

Ryan said...

Well Jaredm no way can you replace 5 defencemen all at once but it does seem like a reasonable thing to go get a 20 yr old when you have a spot or a european. Granted, Regan will of course say euros havent always turn out and hey you can keep making those excuses all day long but other teams have some great ones. Not really fair to the goalies and the players themselves when you dont try and improve your team. Feel bad for guys in the final year or draft year, especially Brown having to play behind those d-men. Seriously, has Chapman and Jobke had one good shift yet? At least Huskas nephew (Matheson) is taking PP shifts

bigkev said...

ya have to agree, i left halfway thru the third couldn't watch anymore, its like a team that never played together before.

regan, colin long 10 games played 1 point. when long coming back

Regan Bartel said...

Maybe that will explain why the Rockets are in no hurry to fill that overage spot?

Jared Comeau said...

Is 'Longer' still Eligible for Major Junior?

Regan Bartel said...

Oh, ya.

Jared Comeau said...

Hmmm....Interesting...and the plot thickens...

Jace & Buster said...

Really interesting your coverage is on James Dobrowolski and that you have a son named Jace ...
My name is Jace Dobrowolski!