Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets close out the month of November with a road game in Spokane tonight. The Rockets are coming into the game having won back-to-back road games last weekend in Prince George. This is the first of four meetings between the Rockets and Chiefs. These two teams meet again January 1st in Kelowna before a return date in Spokane January 22nd. The two teams close out the seasonal series February 18th at Prospera Place. Last season the Rockets were 1-3-0-0, going 1-1-0-0 on home ice and 0-2-0-0 at Spokane Arena. The Rockets enter tonight’s game with nine wins in their last ten games (9-1-0-0). Following tonight’s game the Rockets are back on the ice Wednesday, at home, against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets received three goals from Geordie Wudrick in a 6-1 home ice win Wednesday over the Regina Pats. Mitchell Callahan, Andreas Stene and Damon Severson added singles. It was the Rockets 5th straight home ice win. Adam Brown was solid in goal and was named the games second star. The Rockets were 2 for 6 on the power play while firing 38 shots on goal.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has 3+8=11 in his last ten games…Mitchell Callahan has seven goals in his last ten games. Brett Bulmer has (4+5=9) in his last nine games. Tyson Barrie has eleven points in his last seven games. Barrie has 2+9=11 over that period.
Who’s Not: Zach Franko has one goal in his last 17 games. Spencer Main has one goal in his last 14 games.
A November to remember: The Rockets are 9-1-0-0 in ten 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 draws in 13 games for a total of 20 points. The Rockets can earn their 20th point of the month tonight with a win against the Chiefs.
This and That: The Rockets have received great goaltending from Adam Brown this month. Brown is 8-1-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .936….In the ten games in the month of November, the Rockets have scored four or more goals in seven of those games….European’s Gal Koren and Andreas Stene will be playing for their countries at the World Junior Hockey Championships at Christmas….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 this month. 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 17 for 72 on the power play in their last ten games (23.6%). The Rockets have opened up the scoring in their last seven home games…The Rockets have failed to score a power play goal in just seven of their first 24 games this season….The Rockets have scored 77 goals after twenty-four games this season. Last season after twenty-four games the club had 82 goals….The Rockets have allowed 76 goals against this season. Last season after twenty-four games the team had allowed 78 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 10-13-1-0 after twenty-four 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 thirteen of the last 14 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 sixteen of their first twenty-four games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1393rd regular season game tonight. The team has 710 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 24 games this season. ..Tyson Barrie is now the Kelowna Rockets franchise leader for points by a defenceman. Barrie has 189 career points. Barrie passes Burt Henderson (1993-1996 - 186 pts )… The Rockets have 10 games left before the Christmas break. Of those 10, 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 eight of their last ten games.