Tonight’s Preview: It’s a rare home game as the Kelowna Rockets host the Regina Pats in the one and only meeting this season. These two teams met once last season. It was December 9/09 in a Rockets 9-5 win in Regina. The two teams combined for 88 shots on goal. Shane McColgan had 3+2=5 while Geordie Wudrick had 2+2=4. The Pats are making their first visit to Kelowna since December 5/08 in a 3-2 Rockets win. Jordon Eberle had two goals for the Pats in a losing cause while Brandon McMillan scored the game winning goal. The Rockets enter tonight’s game with eight wins in their last nine games (8-1-0-0). Following tonight’s game the Rockets are back on the road with a stop in Spokane on Saturday night.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets received a goal from Evan Bloodoff in overtime lifting the Rockets to a 2-1 win over the Prince George Cougars Saturday night. Andreas Stene also scored in the Rockets 12th win of the season. Adam Brown was again tremendous in goal, making several sensational saves in the one goal victory. The Rockets were out-shot 39-28 and were 0 for 3 on the power play. The Rockets killed off four Cougar power plays.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has 3+7=10 in his last nine games…Mitchell Callahan has six goals in his last nine games. Brett Bulmer has (4+4=8) in his last eight games. Kevin Smith has 1+4=5 in his last eight games. Tyson Barrie has nine points in his last six games. Barrie has 2+7=9 over that period.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff snapped a 17 game goal scoring drought Saturday in a 2-1 overtime victory in Prince George. Zach Franko has one goal in his last 16 games. Spencer Main has one goal in his last 13 games.
A November to remember: The Rockets are 8-1-0-0 in nine games during the month of November. Last season the Rockets won just five games during the month. In 2004-05 the team had 8 wins and four ties in 13 games for a total of 20 points.
This and That: The Rockets have received great goaltending from Adam Brown this month. Brown is 7-1-0-0 with a goals against average of 2.08 and a save percentage of .932….Two members of the Rockets will participate in the Under 17 Hockey Challenge next month in Manitoba. Rookies Damon Severson and Colton Heffley have been named to Team West….The Rockets made a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders last week. The Rockets sent 18 year-old defenceman Antoine Corbin to the Raiders for a 3rd round bantam pick. Corbin was a 5th round pick of the Rockets in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft…The Rockets are 15 for 46 on the power play in their last nine games (32.6%). The Rockets have opened up the scoring in their last six home games…The Rockets have failed to score a power play goal in just seven of their first 23 games this season….The Rockets have scored 71 goals after twenty-three games this season. Last season after twenty-three games the club had 80 goals….The Rockets have allowed 75 goals against this season. Last season after twenty-three games the team had allowed 74 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 10-12-1-0 after twenty-three games….The Rockets have been involved in ten-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 7-3-0-0 in those ten-one goal games…Adam Brown has started twelve of the last 13 games…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 fifteen of their first twenty-three games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1392nd regular season game tonight. The team has 709 regular season wins….Rockets 17 year-old forward Shane McColgan is rated as the 15th best prospect in the WHL for the upcoming NHL draft. Central Scouting released its first of three rankings earlier this week…The Rockets have been held to two or fewer goals in ten of their 23 games this season. ..Tyson Barrie is now the Kelowna Rockets franchise leader for points by a defenceman. Barrie has 188 career points after two assists Saturday in Prince George. Barrie surpasses Burt Henderson (1993-1996 (186 pts )… The Rockets have 11 games left before the Christmas break. Of those 11, eight are on the road…Shane McColgan has been held off the score sheet just six times this season. ..The Rockets have been out-shot in seven of their last nine games.