Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets will try to snap a three game losing streak when they host the Prince George Cougars. This is the second of eight meetings between the two teams this season. On opening night, September 25th, the Cougars were a 6-2 winner. Spencer Asuchak scored twice for the Cougars in the win while Zach Franko and Brett Bulmer scored goals for the Rockets. Following tonight’s game, these two teams meet again November 12th in Kelowna before colliding in Prince George November 19th and 20th. During the three game losing streak the Rockets have been out-scored 13-4. The clubs last win was a 4-3 home ice victory over the Everett Silvertips October 22nd. The Rockets will play four games over the next five nights. Following this game the Rockets are in Kamloops tomorrow night before traveling to Vancouver on Friday before hosting the Chilliwack Bruins Saturday. Overall, the Rockets have lost five of their last six games, having been out-scored 28-14.
Rockets recent game: Shane McColgan scored the lone goal in a 6-1 loss in Portland Saturday night. The Rockets were 1 for 7 on the power play while the Hawks scored three of their six goals on the power play. Adam Brown took the loss in goal.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has points in seven of his last eight games, with 4+9=13 over that period….Rookie Zach Franko has points in seven of his last nine games. Franko has 2+8=10 over that period…Mitchell Callahan has 5+7=12 in his last nine games.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last twelve. Geordie Wudick has one goal in his first thirteen games. Brett Bulmer has one point (an assist) in his last seven games.
This and That: The Rockets have opened up the scoring in their last two home games…The Rockets are just 1 for 23 (4.3%) in their last three games on the power play…While the Rockets own the second worst power play in the league, they are still ahead of three other teams when it comes to goals scored with the man advantage. The Rockets have scored ten power play goals this season, more than Everett, Edmonton and Lethbridge…The Rockets are top five in one WHL category. The Rockets have been granted the fifth most power play chances in the league (89). Only Brandon (101), Red Deer (99), Kamloops (97) and Vancouver (91) 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 14 games….Defenceman Mitchell Chapman returns to the lineup tonight after serving six games for a suspension after a kneeing major and game misconduct against the Chilliwack Bruins.…The Rockets have scored 35 goals after fourteen games this season. Last season after fourteen games the club had 55 goals….The Rockets have allowed 56 goals against this season. Last season after fourteen games the team had allowed 51 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 7-6-1-0 after fourteen 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 four straight games in goal for the Rockets….Shane McColgan leads the team in scoring with 4+9=13….The Rockets have allowed eight power play goals (8 goals on 26 kills) in their last five 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 fourteen games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1383rd regular season game tonight. The team has 701 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 lost four of their last five games at home. The only win over that period was a 4-3 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips Oct 22nd…..The Rockets have been held to two or fewer goals in seven of their 14 games this season.