Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks are meeting for the third time this season. The Hawks have won the two previous games by 5-1 and 4-2 scores. The seasonal series concludes January 4th when the Hawks make a visit to Prospera Place. The Rockets are playing the second game of six in nine nights. The Rockets host Prince George Tuesday before traveling to Kamloops to face the Blazers on Wednesday. The Rockets are in Vancouver next Friday before hosting the Chilliwack Bruins on November 6th. Overall, the Rockets have lost four of their last five games, having been out-scored 22-13.
Rockets recent game: Cody Chikie scored twice in a 4-2 loss last night in Portland. The Rockets would go 0 for 9 on the power play including three chances in a span of over six minutes in the third period with the Hawks holding a slim 2-1 lead. Adam Brown took the loss in goal, making 32 saves. The game featured four fighting majors with Mitchell Callahan, Geordie Wudrick, Spencer Main and Tyson Barrie sitting in the box for no less than five minutes.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan had a seven game point streak snapped last night. McColgan had 3+9=12 over that period….Rookie Zach Franko has points in six of his last eight games. Franko has 2+7=9 over that period…Mitchell Callahan has 5+7=12 in his last eight games.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last eleven. Geordie Wudick has one goal in his first twelve games. Brett Bulmer has one point (an assist) in his last six games.
Fight Club: Tyson Barrie’s five minute major penalty for fighting last night is rare to say the least. Barrie’s only other fighting majors came last season when he was sent to the box along with Calgary Hitmen forward Cody Beach in a game Oct 298/09. Barrie also had a fighting major in his 17 year-old season in a game against the Kootenay Ice. Funny thing is all three of Barrie’s fighting majors in his career have come in the month of October. Geordie Wudrick’s fighting major last night was his first in 123 regular season games. His last fighting major before dropping the mitts with Brett Ponich was November 11/08 against the Calgary Hitmen.
This and That: Cody Chikie’s two goals last night against Portland was the first two-goal game of his career….Colton Sissons assist on Chikie’s second goal was his first point in five games..Wudrick’s third period assist was his first in eleven games…Damon Severson’s assist on Chikie’s first period goal was his first career WHL point….The Rockets are riding a five game losing streak in Portland heading into tonight’s game. The Rockets were 0-2-0-0 last season in Portland losing by identical 3-2 scores. The last win for the Rockets in Portland was March 2, 2008 in a 2-1 victory. Kyle St. Denis and Lucas Bloodoff scored in the win….Defenceman Mitchell Chapman is serving game six of a six game suspension tonight for a kneeing major and game misconduct against the Chilliwack Bruins. Chapman returns to the lineup Tuesday against the Prince George Cougars….The Rockets have scored 34 goals after thirteen games this season. Last season after thirteen games the club had 51 goals….The Rockets have allowed 50 goals against this season. Last season after thirteen games the team had allowed 46 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 7-5-1-0 after thirteen games….Rockets have been involved in seven-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 4-3-0-0 in those seven-one goal games…Adam Brown has started three straight games in goal for the Rockets….Shane McColgan leads the team in scoring with 3+9=12….The Rockets have allowed five power play goals in their last nine games…The Rockets shootout win in Everett October 10th was the franchises 6th shootout victory on the road. The Rockets are 6 and 10 in shootouts on the road dating back to 2005-06, when shootouts were introduced as a way to settle games at the WHL level…..The Rockets were involved in 11 shootout games last season. The Rockets were 7 and 4 in those games…The Rockets have failed to open the scoring in eleven of their first thirteen games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1382nd regular season game tonight. The team has 701 regular season wins….Rockets captain Tyson Barrie has been named to the roster for Team WHL, which will play the Russian Selects next month in the Subway Super Series. Barrie and Team WHL will face the Russians in games in Prince George and Kamloops. Ryan Huska is the head coach for Team WHL.