Sunday, November 28, 2010

10 and 1 is a whole lot of fun

  • Too bad it’s over. It was such a fun month. The Kelowna Rockets ended the November portion of their schedule the way they started it, with a win. Geordie Wudrick scored in overtime lifting the Rockets’ to a 3-2 victory in Spokane Saturday night. The win was the teams 14th of the season and tenth in 11 games during the month. The Rockets collected 20 points in November with the only blemish being a 4-0 loss to the Kamloops Blazers.
  • The 20 points the Rockets collected during the month is impressive and is only bettered by the 23 points the Rockets accumulated in November 2003. That season the Rockets were 11-3-0-0 with one tie in 15 games.
  • Wudrick’s goal came courtesy of a power play after Corbin Baldwin received a delay of game penalty after shooting the puck over the glass with 49 seconds left in regulation time. While the Rockets failed to score late in the period, the short break between the 3rd period and overtime gave the Rockets a chance to regroup and execute the game winning goal.
  • The Rockets built up a 2-0 lead after one period and saw it evaporate as the Chiefs rallied back with two-third period goals. It looked like missed chances would come back to haunt them on this night after Andreas Stene and Mitchell Callahan missed glorious chances to put the Rockets up 4-0 after 40 minutes.
  • Stene’s chance in the second period saw the puck jump on his stick just outside the crease. Stene had nothing but net with only the leg of Chiefs goaltender Mac Engel in the way. Stene takes what appears to be a casual looking shot, which gingerly hits Engel’s pad and allows the Spokane goaltender to cover the puck up for a face-off.
  • Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur can’t be all that sour with his teams play. After playing almost a three hour game the night before in Kamloops and then battling back from a 2-0 third period deficit, I’d take the point and walk away from the arena somewhat pleased. The schedule maker didn’t do the Chiefs a favour this weekend.
  • Wudrick now has nine goals in his last eight games. He scores in bunches doesn’t he.
  • Zach Franko opened the scoring with his 5th goal of the season. It was his first goal in ten games. Franko’s good fortune ends when he gets hit in the ear with a puck while sitting on the bench. The 17 year-old was nursing the bruise following the game.
  • Mitchell Chapman elects to get into a fight with Chiefs forward Darren Kramer. Kramer, who had 311 penalty minutes last season in the AJHL, is the aggressor but Chapman shows he's a willing combatant.


Aly said...

Hey Regan,
I know this has nothing to do with this post but did you hear McMillan got his first NHL goal tonight!! It was a beauty!

MG said...

What a great month. I had some concerns at the start and I am a bit surprised that everyone is still there.

So Regan lets say you are the GM and try to answer your question. Do you trade for a couple a guys and hope that the Finnish kid comes over in Jan or do you just keep things the way they are ( which right now is looking good) and let Portland take it, which lets be honest they probably will.

If it is me as GM I may trade a 19-20 year old for a younger prospec, but if the deal doesn't come along I wouldn't do much because even if I trade I still can't go 7 games with a team like Portland ( their size and offensive power is too much)and win.