Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Moose Jaw Warriors in the lone meeting of the season between the two teams. These two teams met once last season in Moose Jaw December 12th with Geordie Wudrick scoring the game winner in a 2-1 shootout victory. The Warriors last visit to Prospera Place was January 3/09 in a 5-2 win. Joel Broda scored twice. Moose Jaw’s Ryley Grantham fought Rockets defenceman Tyson Dowzak. The two would become teammates a week later. Overall, the Rockets enter tonight’s game having lost two straight games with back-to-back losses to the Spokane Chiefs and Kamloops Blazers. In the big picture the Rockets have eleven wins in their last seventeen games. This is the start of three games in three nights. The Rockets are in Seattle tomorrow night before hosting Kamloops on Saturday. This is the second of four - 3 games in 3 nights this season. The Rockets were 2-1-0-0 after playing three games in three nights October 8th, 9th and 10th.
Rockets recent game: Zach Franko scored the lone goal in a 5-1 loss Sunday to the Kamloops Blazers. The Rockets trailed 3-0 after one period and 5-1 after 40 minutes. Adam Brown surrendered 5 goals before being pulled in the second period. Jordon Cooke made 18 straight saves in a relief appearance. The Rockets were 0 for 6 on the power play.
Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has 6+5=11 in his last six games and is riding a six game point streak and has goals in four of his last five games…Mitchell Callahan has 4+4=8 in his last ten games…Brett Bulmer has 3+7=10 in his last six 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 twelve goals in his last fifteen games. Who’s Not: Max Adolph has no goals in his last 21 games. Spencer Main has one goal in his last 20.
Delivering in December: The Rockets top point getter in December was Brett Bulmer. Bulmer had 5+10=15. Shane McColgan was next with 6+7=13 during the month. Geordie Wudrick led the Rockets in goals during the month with seven.
This and That: Geordie Wudrick has played 24 career games against the Warriors. Wudrick has 6+8=14 against the Warriors over the last four seasons….Kevin Smith, a former Warrior, played 165 career games in Moose Jaw. Smith was a second round pick of the Warriors, 38th overall. Smith was traded to the Rockets in exchange for Collin Bowman. Bowman was the Rockets 2nd round pick in that same draft (2006), 39th overall…The Rockets are playing a rare Thursday night home game. The only other time the Rockets have played at home on a Thursday this season was December 30th in a 7-1 win over Kamloops….The Rockets haven’t lost three in a row since setbacks on October 26th, 29th and 30th….The Rockets have allowed the fewest amount of goals against on the road in the WHL this season (51)….The Rockets have scored 26 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 19 games at home and 19 times on opposition ice…The Rockets are the only team in the WHL this season that have not lost in overtime or the shoot-out…Geordie Wudrick has 19 goals this season in 37 games. Last season, Wudrick scored 19 goals in 38 regular season games after being acquired from Swift Current…The Rockets have allowed four power play goals against in their last eleven games. The Rockets are 41 for 45 over that period…The Rockets are 7 for 49 on the power play in their last nine games (14.3%).….Adam Brown has the fourth best goals against average in the WHL (2.50)…. 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-five of the last 28 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 719 regular season wins….Zak Stebner (309) is one of three Rockets with over 300 penalty minutes in their career. Mitchell Callahan (415) and Geordie Wudrick (341) are the others….The Rockets are 8 and 8 in 16 games this season without Tyson Barrie in the lineup. Barrie missed seven games at the start of the season with a hip injury and nine games as a member of Team Canada… Second year forward Shane McColgan has been named to the CHL Home Hardware NHL/Top Prospects game this month in Toronto. Forty of the top players eligible for this summer’s draft will participate in the two day event (Jan 18-19) at the Air Canada Centre. McColgan will play for Team Orr…The Rockets are entering a portion of their schedule where just one of their next six games are on the road. The Rockets visit Seattle Friday…The Rockets and Warriors have exchanged six players over the last three seasons in trades. January 8/09, the Rockets obtained Ryley Grantham for Dylan Hood. Jan 10/09, the Rockets acquired Ian Duval for Jesse Paradis. The Rockets acquired Kevin Smith on August 10th in exchange for Collin Bowman, who requested a trade.