Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets take a season high four game winning streak into action tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Rockets are coming off a 9-3 win Saturday night over the Chilliwack Bruins. That win came after a 4-3 victory in Vancouver last Friday, a 5-2 win in Kamloops last Wednesday and a 6-2 triumph at home against the Prince George Cougars last Tuesday. During the winning streak the Rockets have out-scored their opponent 24-10. The Rockets and Oil Kings are meeting for the first of just two times this season. The Rockets return the favour December 11th. These two teams met twice last season with the Rockets winning in Edmonton 4-0 on February 26th and scored a 4-2 victory over the Oil Kings in Kelowna December 4th. Following tonight`s game the Rockets host Prince George on Friday.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets received a four point night from Tyson Barrie (1+3=4) while Mitchell Callahan (1+2=3), Shane McColgan (1+2=3) and Geordie Wudrick (3+0=3) had three point efforts in a 9-3 win Saturday night over the Chilliwack Bruins. Damon Severson, Mitchell Chapman and Spencer Main also scored in the Rockets 8th win of the season. The Rockets were 4 for 6 on the power play while going 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. Adam Brown earned the win in goal, making 16 saves.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has 2+5=7 in his last four games…Mitchell Callahan has a four game goal scoring streak. Callahan has five goals over that period. Callahan has a four game point streak (5+7=12). Tyson Barrie is riding a five game point streak (2+9=11)…Brett Bulmer has a three game point streak (1+4=5). Kevin Smith has 1+3=4 in his last three games.
Who’s Not: Evan Bloodoff has one goal in his last sixteen. Zach Franko has one goal in his last 11 games.
This and That: Should we be surprised at Mitchell Callahan's solid start to the season? Not really. After 18 games last season 'Cally' had 16 points in his first 18 regular season games. Callahan had 7+9=16 before scoring just two goals in his next 18 games…Callahan is the WHL Player of the Week. Teammate Adam Brown also had a solid week. Brown was 4-0-0-0 last week with a save percentage of .919 and a goals against average of 2.50. Brown stopped 124 or 134 shots in those four victories….If you are wondering who was the Rockets best performer in October, the honour goes to Shane McColgan. McColgan had 13 points in October, just one point better than line mate Mitchell Callahan. McColgan had 4+9=13 while Callahan had 5+7=12 during the month….Tyler Matheson, who was the odd man out in the 20 year-old cut down, is now playing with the BCHL' Cowichan Valley Capitals. Matheson has 4 goals and 3 assists in thirteen games…The Rockets are 11 for 20 on the power play in their last four games and have not allowed a power play goal (18 for 18) in their last four games…Codey Ito is now playing with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Notre Dame Hounds. Ito, who was released by the Rockets' in October, has 4 goals and 4 assists in 11 games…The Rockets have opened up the scoring in their last four home games…The Rockets have failed to score a power play goal in just five of their first 18 games….The Rockets have scored 59 goals after eighteen games this season. Last season after eighteen games the club had 71 goals….The Rockets have allowed 66 goals against this season. Last season after eighteen games the team had allowed 60 goals against….Last season the Rockets were 10-7-1-0 after eighteen games….The Rockets have been involved in eight-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 5-3-0-0 in those eight-one goal games…Adam Brown has started eight straight games in goal for the Rockets…..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 eighteen games this season….The Rockets franchise is playing its 1387th regular season game tonight. The team has 705 regular season wins….Rockets captain Tyson Barrie has been named to the roster for Team WHL, which will play the Russian Selects this 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 18 games this season. ..The last time the Rockets won five straight games was part of a nine game winning streak last season (January 22nd to February 6th).