Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rockets win fourth straight

  • The Kelowna Rockets know the value of good goaltending. So do the Kamloops Blazers. Adam Brown showed his worth Thursday night. Blazers netminder Jeff Bosch, who started the game, witnessed it from the bench. Brown was his 'Steady Eddie' self in the Rockets 7-1 win over the Blazers. Brown was one of the main reasons why his team enjoyed a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes before his teammates buried the Blazers in the third.
  • Bosch was yanked after two periods after giving up three suspect goals, including two wrap-around chances by Cody Chikie and Geordie Wudrick. Chikie's opening goal is scored on a long range shot that sneaks past Bosch and trickles into the net. The soft goal comes after the Blazers are applying the pressure. Brown is holding his team in the game at one end while Bosch is letting his team down at the other.
  • The Blazers deserved a better fate, so don't let the score fool you. But again Brown was a difference maker when his team was out-shot 12-6 in the second period alone. Brown makes 12 saves while Bosch allows three goals on just those six shots. That's the difference.
  • Chikie, Wudrick and Shane McColgan each had two goal games. Brown's shutout bid comes to an end when Blazers captain Chase Schaber fires a low shot past the 19 year-old goaltender with about four minutes to play in the game. Brown had gone over 154 minutes without allowing a goal after shutting out the Everett Silvertips 4-0 on Tuesday and allowing just one goal in a 5-1 win over Calgary on December 17th.
  • This was a physical affair, with two fighting majors and several big hits. It starts when Colton Sissons runs into Austin Madiasky at the Blazers blue line. Sissons falls down but while Madiasky stays on his feet and slowly makes his way to the bench, he appears to have the wind knocked out of him. The best hit came later when Rockets defenceman Kevin Smith comes out of the penalty box after serving a holding penalty and clocks Blazers forward Thomas Frazee. Smith finds himself challenged by Blazers forward J.T Barnett after the hit is applied.
  • Smith ended the game with two assists, a fight and a +4 rating...the best plus/minus of any player on the ice. Smith is now a +10 in the month of December. No Rockets player has a better +/- during the month than Smith.
  • The only other fight saw Blazers forward J.C Lipon tangle with Rockets d-man MacKenzie Johnston late in the game. Lipon is the aggressor, but Johnston answers the bell. It was Lipon's 7th fighting major this season. Johnston does well with only his second tilt of the season.
  • Johnston comes within inches of scoring his first WHL goal when he hits the cross bar early in the first period. Johnston has yet to register a point this season and is now the only Rockets regular to do so.
  • Gal Koren earned his first career point with an assist on Geordie Wudrick's second period goal.
  • Let's take our hat off to defenceman Colton Jobke who played through pain yet played an affective game. Despite suffering a knee injury Tuesday against Everett, the 18 year-old was pressed into service and played some big minutes.
  • The win is the Rockets 4th straight and moves them back into second place in the Western Conference. The Rockets have now out-scored their opponent 19-4.


MG said...

We have one HOT goaltender

Ryan said...

Wow, does Kamloops have a lot to worry about. Talk about mailing it in. Kelowna forechecked liked crazy and won every single battle tonight, especially the Main line. What was up with Ranford? Lazy and selfish, no wonder he has all those points, Mr Goal Suck. His Captain gave him crap big time in front of their whole bench.

I Thought Feinhage was their saviour? He is terrible, and dont get me started on that Hanes guy, brutal player. At least their goalie can stop the wrap around, oops maybe not.

What a great holiday treat this was. Anytime we spank the Blazers, its special. Especially when their resident loud mouth said they have man handled us all year and should win easily. Guess not Chump.

I was almost looking forward to their little victory dance too, I mean what other last place team comes up with a dance after their wins? Nice organization they have there.

Poor Colin Smith, once a top prospect now, a floundering mess.

Regan, any chance of a video link to Brown's save? The in house replay was terrible.

jaz301 said...

Did not have tickets to the game, but thanks to whl and the free game I got to watch it.
We have one hell of a goaltender. Then again when have we ever had a bad goalie? Brown has really kept us in some games when the defense is not at their best.

Overall the game was good. Might not have been the most entertaining game, but those big scores once in a while are good.

Was looking at the standings tonight and noticed we are the only team to have an OTL or SL. I guess that is a good thing, though some of those loses may be nice to have been OTL. At least then you get a point.