Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Four of a kind have Rockets dealing a winning hand

  • It was bound to end sooner or later. After going 23 games without a win after trailing after two period, the Kelowna Rockets turned the tables Wednesday night against the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. Despite being down 2-0 heading into the third period, the Rockets rallied with four consecutive power play goals in a 4-2 come-from-behind win. It was the Rockets third consecutive victory and snapped a season high five game home ice losing streak.
  • The turning point was the result of one of the toughest penalties to take. Seattle defencemen Erik Fleming receives a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass. The penalty is taken in a 2-2 game. The Rockets go on to score the game winner from Tyson Barrie before getting another power play goal from Mitchell Callahan to put the game away.
  • The fact that Barrie scores the game winner on a 5 on 3 power play with time ticking down proves to be pivotal. Barrie scores the goal with one second left in the 5 on 3, essentially giving the Rockets another 1:40 to work on a 5 on 4 power play. Callahan's goal, his second of the night, is scored on that power play chance to make it 4-2.
  • Geordie Wudrick scored once and added three assists for a 4 point night. It was Wudrick's third - four point game of the season and second in a Rockets uniform. Wudrick had four points in a win in Regina back in December.
  • Tyson Barrie had three points, moving within one point of Josh Gorges for the franchise lead in points by a Rockets defenceman. Barrie has 151 career points, one fewer than Gorges.
  • The best T-Bird? He just turned 17, but forward Colin Jacobs really impressed me. The 4th round bantam pick from Texas looked very composed especially on the blue line on the T-Birds power play.
  • The win moves the Rockets 12 points up on the T-Birds for the 8th and final playoff spot and moves them within 4 points of 7th place Chilliwack.
  • The Rockets beat a U.S based team for only the second time in 14 attempts this season.
  • Forward Spencer Main returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a concussion.
  • It's not often you have a good relationship with the coaching staff of an opposition team, but I can't help but gravitate towards T-Birds head coach Rob Sumner and assistant John Becanic. Both are class individuals who are doing a solid job working with an extremely young team.
  • The two teams renew acquaintances Sunday in Kent.


jaz301 said...

What a great comeback. 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd. Let's hope the rockets have found there game and continue to win more game then they have been.

g.k said...

Great comeback by the Rockets with a little help from referee Bonnett though, did you notice if Iverson called any penalties at all? Seemed like Bonnett was trying to steal the limelight!!

Ryan said...

I gotta say, the Rockets have finally done a great piece in regards to marketing. The Canucks have the Green Guys and we have Mrs Doubtfire in section 104. I love that the woman is brave enough to dress like Mrs Doubtfire and on top of things, wear a Flames jersey. Everyone loved her last night.

I hope they put her on the big screen, dont get why it hasnt happened yet