Tonight’s Preview: Despite playing 55 games this season, the Kelowna Rockets will meet the Lethbridge Hurricanes twice in the final 17 games of the regular season. These two teams will battle tonight at Prospera Place before the Rockets return the favour February 24th. Overall the Rockets enter tonight’s game having won seven straight, having out-scored the opposition 32-15. That translates into 4.6 goals scored per game while giving up just 2.1 goals against during the streak. Following tonight’s game the Rockets are in Chilliwack tomorrow night before traveling to Everett Wednesday. The Rockets are 13 for 39 on the power play during the seven games (33.3%). This seven game winning streak is just one win shy of the 8 game winning streak the team had at the end of last season. The Rockets have averaged 36.7 shots on goal per game during the winning streak. Only once (Med Hat) have the Rockets been out-shot during the streak.
Last Game Recap: Geordie Wudrick scored twice in regulation time and then scored the shootout game winning goal in a 5-4 victory Wednesday over Edmonton. Shane McColgan and Lucas Bloodoff also scored goals for the Rockets, who were 2 for 4 on the power play. Adam Brown earned the win in goal.
Who’s Hot – Who’s Not: Tyson Barrie is riding a seven game point streak (5+7=12)…Brandon McMillan has 3+9=12 in his last seven games….Geordie Wudrick has 4+5=9 in his last six games….The Rockets have opened the scoring in nine of the last eleven games…Tyson Barrie has points in 36 of his last 42 games. Barrie has 123 career assists….Mitchell Callahan has six points in his last seven games. Callahan has 4+2=6.…Adam Brown has started seven of the teams last eight games.…Brett Bulmer has 8 points in his last ten games…Adam Brown is 6-0-0-2 in his last eight starts…Shane McColgan has points in 9 of his last 10 games. McColgan has 5+10=15 over that period…The Rockets have scored a short handed goal in three of their last four games…Just seven of McColgan’s 22 goals this season have been scored on home ice. In other words, 68 percent of the rookie’s goals are scored on the road. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels, the top 16 year-old scorer in the Eastern Conference, has scored 9 of his 19 goals on the road (47%)…The Rockets have not allowed a power play goal in four games. 19 for 19 kills over that period.
D.J and Wudy: Dallas Jackson has 3+6=9 in 10 games since being acquired at the trade deadline. Geordie Wudrick has 11+9=20 in 21 games with the Rockets since he was acquired from Swift Current in November. The Rockets have played 10 games since the trade deadline. The Rockets have a point in 9 of those 10 games and are 7-1-0-2 over that period. The only regulation loss has been a one goal setback to Red Deer (4-3) back on January 16th.
Take Me to the Shootout: The Rockets are 5 and 2 in the shootout this season after a 5-4 victory Wednesday over Edmonton. The Rockets only shootout losses have come against Portland and Chilliwack.
Game Day Tidbits: The Rockets own the 2nd best power play at home in the WHL (28.5%). Only Calgary is slightly better at 28.6%....Tyson Barrie is the WHL Player of the Week. Barrie had 4+4=8 in four wins last week… The Rockets enter tonight’s game having won 4 straight games at home and 3 straight on the road….The Rockets are 4 and 5 in situations that feature three games in three nights….The Rockets registered a season high 52 shots last Friday night in a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Cougars….The Rockets have lost 25 times this season. Last season the Rockets lost just 21 times….Tyson Barrie is tied for the league lead in points by a WHL defencemen. Barrie shares the lead with Kevin Connauton of the Vancouver Giants.…The Rockets have been involved in twenty-three (23) one goal games this season. The Rockets are 12-7-2-2 in those twenty-three games…Dallas Jackson, Shane McColgan and Tyson Barrie lead the team with 8 power play goals apiece….Tyson Barrie has a team high 46 assists, 6 more than he had all of last season…McColgan is one point back of the Giants Kevin Connauton for the WHL scoring lead by rookies…Ryan Huska recorded his 100th regular season victory December 4th against Edmonton…Defenceman Mitchell Chapman and forward Brett Bulmer are rated by NHL Central Scouting for this summers draft in Los Angeles. Chapman is rated 151st while Bulmer is ranked 164th among North American born skaters…The Rockets have 7 home games and 10 road games left for a total of 17. Of those 17 games, 6 are against American and BC based teams with five against Central Division teams… Brandon McMillan collected his 100th career assist Wednesday against Edmonton…The Rockets have eleven players with 10 or more goals. Last season the Rockets had 12 players with 10 or more goals.