Tonight’s Preview: Tonight‘s game is the 4th of 5 meetings between the Rockets and Tips this season. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 in the first three games, having out-scored the Tips 12-11. The Rockets lone win was a 6-2 victory December 2nd in Everett. The Rockets have suffered 5-4 and 4-2 setback. Following tonight’s game these two teams hook up again February 10th. The Rockets enter tonight’s game with three losses in their last four home games and just one win in their last seven overall (1-5-1-0). The Rockets are in Kamloops Friday before hosting the Blazers Saturday night. The Rockets play five of their next six games at home. Following Friday’s road game in Kamloops, the Rockets play 10 of their next 12 games at home.
Seasonal Series Breakdown vs. Tips:
Teams: 1 2 3 OT Total
Rockets: 5 4 3 0 12
Tips: 3 5 3 0 11
*The Rockets have scored a power play goal in all three games against the Tips this season. The Rockets are 6 for 21 with the man advantage (28.6%). The Tips are 5 for 15 with the power play against the Rockets (33.3%). The Rockets have out-shot the Tips in all three games by a margin of 109-80.
Last Game Recap: Shane McColgan scored twice in a losing cause in a 6-3 setback in Vancouver Sunday night. Tyler Halliday scored a third period goal to make the score respectable. The Giants scored 5 goals in the second period in the win. Oddly enough the Rockets had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Mark Guggenberger gave up five goals before being replaced by Adam Brown. The Rockets were 1 for 6 on the power play while the Giants were 3 for 7 with the man advantage. The Giants out-shot the Rockets 38-18.
Barrie anchors back end: Rockets defenseman Tyson Barrie has 139 career points, the third highest point total for defenseman in franchise history. Josh Gorges is the franchise leader with 152 career points followed by Mike Card with 147.
Who’s Hot – Who’s Not: Tyson Barrie has points in 26 of his last 29 games…Shane McColgan snapped a seven game goal scoring drought with two goals Sunday in Vancouver…Mitchell Callahan has seven points in his last six games (3+4=7).…Mark Guggenberger has made an appearance in six of the Rockets last eight games.…Brett Bulmer has points in four of his last six games (2+2=4).
Game Day Tidbits: Mitchell Callahan has 5 more points than the 27 he registered in his rookie season….Spencer Main has 15 more points than all of last season. Main has 18 points this season, after recording 1+2=3 as a rookie…Tyson Barrie is second in league scoring by defenceman. Barrie is 4 points back of league leader Kevin Connauton of the Vancouver Giants.…The Rockets have been involved in seventeen (17) one goal games this season. The Rockets are 9-6-2-0 in those seventeen games…Kyle St. Denis and McColgan lead the team with 8 power play goals….Tyson Barrie has a team high 33 assist, 9 fewer than he had all of last season…McColgan is three points back of the Giants Kevin Connauton for the WHL scoring lead by rookies……The Rockets are 19-21-2-0 after forty-two games this season. Last year the Rockets were 26-16-0-0 after forty-two games…The Rockets have scored 131 goals in forty-two games this season after scoring 140 times in the teams first forty-two games one season ago…The Rockets have allowed 136 goals against this season after surrendering 108 goals after forty-two games last year…Ryan Huska recorded his 100th regular season victory December 4th against Edmonton…Kyle St. Denis is missing his 11th straight game with a concussion…Lucas Bloodoff is missing his 15th straight game tonight after being hurt against the Kootenay Ice November 28th…Geordie Wudrick is missing his 5th straight game with a shoulder injury….
Rockets next five games:
Jan 8 @ Kamloops
Jan 9 vs. Kamloops
Jan 15 vs. Portland
Jan 16 vs. Red Deer
Jan 20 vs. Chillwack