Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets and Tips are meeting for the third of four times this season. The Rockets are 2-0-0-0 against the Tips. Both games have been decided with 4-3 shoot-out victories. The two teams close out the seasonal series February 13th in Everett. Overall, the Rockets enter tonight’s game having won nine of their last thirteen games and fifteen of their last twenty (15-5-0-0). Following tonight’s game the Rockets host Kamloops on Thursday night. The Rockets sit one point back of Prince George for first place in the BC Division.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets used two goals from Shane McColgan in a 5-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen back on December 17th. Brett Bulmer had 1+3=4 while Geordie Wudrick and Zak Stebner added singles. Adam Brown earned the win, making 20 saves. The Rockets were 2 or 3 on the power play and killed off 3 of 4 penalty killing chances. The win was the Rockets 19th of the season.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has 3+8=11 in his last eleven games…Mitchell Callahan has 4+4=8 in his last ten games…Brett Bulmer has 4+6=10 in his last nine games. Tyson Barrie has gone ten games without a goal yet has points in five of his last eight games (0+9=9)…Geordie Wudrick has 9 goals in his last eleven games.
Who’s Not: Cody Chikie has just two goals in his last 20 games. Max Adolph has no goals in his last 17 games. Zach Franko has no goals in his last eight. Spencer Main has one goal in his last 16.
This and That: Tyson Barrie became the 11th player in Rockets’ history to be named to the Canadian World Junior Team. Barrie is joined on that list by Rockets’ defenceman like Shea Weber, Josh Gorges, Tyler Myers and Luke Schenn…Forward Mitchell Callahan was named to the USA World Junior Team The Rockets have allowed two power play goals against in their last seven. The Rockets are 30 for 32 over that period…The Rockets are 3 for 22 on the power play in their last five games (13/6%).….Adam Brown was the WHL goaltender of the month for November. Brown went 9-1-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .934….Andreas Stene is playing for Norway at the World Junior Hockey Championships. ..Two members of the Rockets are participating in the Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Manitoba. Rookies Damon Severson and Colton Heffley are part of Team West…. The Rockets have been involved in fifteen-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 10-5-0-0 in those fifteen-one goal games…Adam Brown has started twenty-one of the last 24 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 717 regular season wins….Zak Stebner (307) is one of three Rockets with over 300 penalty minutes in their career. Mitchell Callahan (415) and Geordie Wudrick (341) are the others….Sixteen year-old Tyrell Goulbourne has joined the team. Goulbourne is playing midget hockey in Edmonton this season. He was taken in the 5th round of the 2009 draft….The Rockets will play ten of their next fifteen games on home ice…Of those 15 games, seven are against teams in the U.S Division…. The Rockets have the most wins (19) in the division and have allowed the fewest goals against (98). Only Spokane (97), have allowed fewer goals in the Western Conference than the Rockets…Shane McColgan led the team in scoring at the Christmas break last season and finds himself again leading the charge. McColgan had 36 points at the Christmas break one season ago…Brett Bulmer is the only Rockets forward with more points at the break than last season. Bulmer has 25 points; seven more than a year ago (6+11=17)….Former Rockets’s forward Brett McLean is playing for Canada at the Spengler Cup. McLean played 308 games with the Rockets between 1994-1998…The Rockets are 6 and 6 in 12 games this season without Tyson Barrie in the lineup. Barrie missed seven games at the start of the season with a hip injury and five games as a member of Team Canada.