Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets take a modest two game winning streak into action tonight against the Vancouver Giants. The Rockets are coming off a 5-2 win in Kamloops Wednesday and a 6-2 victory at home against the Prince George Cougars Tuesday. The Rockets are meeting the Giants for the third time this season. The Rockets are 0-2-0-0, after a 4-1 loss in Vancouver October 8th and a 7-5 setback October 20th at Prospera Place. Following tonight’s game, these two teams meet again January 29th. This is the Rockets fifth game in eight nights. Tomorrow night the Rockets host the Chilliwack Bruins.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets power play struck for three-third period goals in a come-from-behind 5-2 win in Kamloops Wednesday night. Mitchell Callahan scored once and added three assists in the win. Shane McColgan had a goal and two assists in the Rockets 6th win of the season. Brett Bulmer, Colton Heffley and Damon Severson also scored. It was Heffley and Severson’s first career WHL goals. Adam Brown was named the games #1 star with a 37 save performance. The Rockets power play went 3 for 5 while the penalty kill was 5 for 5.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has points in nine of his last ten games, with 5+12=17 over that period….Rookie Zach Franko has points in eight of his last eleven games. Franko has 3+8=11 over that stretch…Mitchell Callahan has six goals in his last seven games and eight points in his last two games…Tyson Barrie has six points in his last three games (1+5=6)…
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last fourteen.
This and That: Mitchell Callahan’s four point efforts in back-to-back games is the first time a Rockets player has accomplished the feat since Jamie Benn had back-to-back four point outings in January of 2008. Benn had 6 points against Everett before picking up four points in the next game against the Portland Winterhawks…The Rockets have 5 power play goals in their last nine opportunities (55%)….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 (98). Red Deer (105), Kamloops (102) and Brandon 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 16 games….The Rockets have scored 46 goals after sixteen games this season. Last season after sixteen games the club had 63 goals….The Rockets have allowed 60 goals against this season. Last season after sixteen games the team had allowed 56 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 8-7-1-0 after sixteen 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 six straight games in goal for the Rockets….The Rockets have allowed eight power play goals (8 goals on 34 kills) in their last seven 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 thirteen of their first sixteen games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1385th regular season game tonight. The team has 703 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 16 games this season…The Rockets now have the 18th best power play in the league. The Rockets have scored 15 power play goals in 98 chances for a success rate of 15.3 %....Three of the Rockets six wins this season have come on the road.