Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Not good!

  • It was a sign that it wouldn’t be a good night for the Kelowna Rockets. When Prince Albert Raiders defensive defenceman Ryan Button scored his first goal in 36 game with 7 seconds left in the first period, it was all down hill from there. Button's goal was the game winner in the Raiders 3-0 win Tuesday night at the Art Hauser Centre. It marked the second time the Rockets have been shutout this season.
  • It was a disappointing loss primarily because of the Rockets lack of compete. Outside of a Curt Gogol hit on Button early in the game, no one was willing to jump out and lead the charge. This was a winnable game, yet the Rockets were not willing to do the little things to grab the two points that were clearly up for grabs.
  • Thank goodness Adam Brown wasn’t as flat as his team. The 18 year-old was solid making 39 saves in the loss. With the pressure now intensifying with the return of veteran goaltender Mark Guggenberger, Brown matched his counter parts effort Saturday night with a solid performance.
  • The Rockets were 0 for 5 on the power play, but a shorthanded goal given up by the visitors in the second period was the real back breaker. The Rockets have now given up six shorthanded goals this season, one more than the 5 they gave up all of last season.
  • The Rockets were looking for any way to generate offense that they used defenceman Tyson Barrie as a forward late in the game.
  • Fifteen year-old Damon Severson played his second game in a Rockets uniform. The 9th round bantam pick again didn’t look out of place. To make room for Severson the Rockets made 17 year-old Colton Jobke a healthy scratch for a second straight game.
  • The contest ended at the buzzer with Rockets 16 year-old forward Shane McColgan getting into a pushing match with Raiders captain Dustin Cameron. The two players were assessed four minute roughing minors.
  • Two former players with the Kelowna Rockets took in Tuesday’s game. Bart Rushmer and Kelly Guard were supporting their old junior team.
  • The brother of Kelowna Rockets assistant coach Ryan Cuthbert played for the CIS All-Stars against Team Canada in Tuesdays exhibition game in Regina. Craig Cuthbert helped the CIS to a 4-2 win over the world junior hopefuls. Craig Cuthbert was a 1st round pick of the Rockets in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft.

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