Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings are meeting for the lone time this season. They last met on December 11/09 in Brandon with the Wheat Kings earning an 8-4 win. Jay Fehr had four goals in the win. Shane McColgan had a goal and an assist in a losing cause. The Wheat Kings last visit to Kelowna was Oct 25/08 in a 3-2 win. Colby Robak led the Wheat Kings attack with two goals. Tonight’s game is the fourth and final game of a four game home stand, which has seen the Rockets out-scored 15-10. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 during that period. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets travel to Portland for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday night. The Rockets next home game will be Tuesday November 2nd against the Prince George Cougars.
Rockets recent game: Mitchell Callahan scored twice in a 4-3 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips Friday night. Tyson Barrie would score once during regulation time and once in the shootout – the game winner – in the team’s 4th win of the season. The Rockets were 2 for 8 on the power play with goaltender Adam Brown earning the games first star.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan is riding a six game point streak heading into tonight’s game. McColgan has 2+9=11 over that period….Rookie Zach Franko has points in five of his last six games. Franko has 2+6=8 over that period…Mitchell Callahan has 5+7=12 in his last six games.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last nine. Geordie Wudick has one goal in his first ten games. Wudrick’s longest goal drought last season was 11 games. Rookie Colton Sissons has one point (a goal) in his last seven games.
This and That: The Rockets are playing three Tuesday night games at home this season. Tonight’s game against the Wheat Kings is followed by Tuesday November 2nd against Prince George and Tuesday December 28th against the Everett Silvertips.…The last time the Rockets played a game on this date was October 26/05 in a 4-1 home ice loss to the Prince George Cougars. Kirt Hill scored the lone goal for the Rockets, who had seven players in their lineup that night that have played at least one NHL game… Two members of the Kelowna Rockets have over 300 penalty minutes in their career. Mitchell Callahan (380) may not be a surprise, but is Geordie Wudrick (307)?…Defenceman Mitchell Chapman is serving game four of a six game suspension for a kneeing major and game misconduct last Friday against the Chilliwack Bruins. Chapman won’t return until a game November 2nd against the Prince George Cougars….The Rockets have scored 31 goals after eleven games this season. Last season after eleven games the club had 46 goals….The Rockets have allowed 43 goals against this season. Last season after eleven games the team had allowed 38 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 6-4-1-0 after eleven 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…Rookie Jordon Cooke has started four of the Rockets last six games. The 17 year-old earned his first WHL win against the Tips on October 10th….Shane McColgan leads the team in scoring with 2+9=11….The Rockets have allowed four power play goals in their last seven 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 ten of their first eleven games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1380th regular season game tonight. The team has 701 regular season wins….Rockets captain Tyson Barrie returned to the lineup last Wednesday after missing the last five games with an injury. Barrie has misses a total of seven games because of injury this season…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.