Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets will try to snap a two game road losing streak when they visit the Kamloops Blazers tonight. The Rockets have lost back-to-back road games after a 4-2 loss in Portland last Friday and a 6-1 setback one night later to the Hawks. This is the second meeting of the season against the Blazers. These two teams met October 13th, with the Blazers earning a 5-4 win. Following tonight’s tilt, the two teams tangle again in Kamloops November 13th. The Rockets made four visits to the Interior Savings Centre last season going 1-3-0-0. The Rockets lone win was a 5-3 victory February 12th. The Rockets were out-scored 18-13 in those four visits to Kamloops. Tonight’s game against the Blazers is the Rockets fourth game in six nights. The Rockets are in Vancouver Friday before hosting the Chilliwack Bruins Saturday night.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets snapped a three game losing streak with a 6-2 win last night over the visiting Prince George Cougars. Mitchell Callahan had two goals and two assists while Tyson Barrie had a goal and two helpers. Zach Franko, Colton Jobke and Geordie Wudrick also scored, in the clubs 5th win of the season. The Rockets were 2 for 4 with the man advantage. Adam Brown earned the win in goal.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has points in eight of his last nine games, with 4+10=14 over that period….Rookie Zach Franko has points in eight of his last ten games. Franko has 3+8=11 over that stretch…Mitchell Callahan has five goals in his last six games.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last thirteen. Brett Bulmer has one point (an assist) in his last seven games.
This and That: Mitchell Callahan’s four points last night against Prince George wasn’t the first four point performance by the 19 year-old forward. Callahan also had four points December 2/09 in a 6-2 win over the Everett Silvertips….The Rockets have opened up the scoring in their last three home games…The Rockets are top four in one WHL category. The Rockets have been granted the 4th most power play chances in the league (93). Red Deer (105), Brandon (101) and Kamloops (97) have had more chances with the extra man….Despite the struggles on the power play, the Rockets have failed to score a power play goal in just five of their first 15 games….Defenceman Mitchell Chapman returned to the lineup last night after serving six games for a suspension after a kneeing major and game misconduct against the Chilliwack Bruins.…The Rockets have scored 41 goals after fifteen games this season. Last season after fifteen games the club had 59 goals….The Rockets have allowed 58 goals against this season. Last season after fifteen games the team had allowed 52 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 8-6-1-0 after fifteen games….The 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 five straight games in goal for the Rockets….Shane McColgan leads the team in scoring with 4+10=14….The Rockets have allowed eight power play goals (8 goals on 29 kills) in their last six 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 twelve of their first fifteen games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1384th regular season game tonight. The team has 702 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…The Rockets have been held to two or fewer goals in seven of their 15 games this season…The Rockets scored five or more goals six times on home ice last season…Zach Franko’s goal last night was his first in eight games…the last time the Rockets played a game on this date was November 3/07 in a 4-3 win in Chilliwack. Kyle St. Denis had two goals while Luke Schenn collected two assists…Colton Jobke’s goal last night was his first in 83 career regular season games.