Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Prince George Cougars for the 6th of 9 times this season. The Rockets are 4-1-0-0, having out-scored the Cougars 18-12. The Cougars only win came in a 6-2 victory at Prospera Place September 25th. Following tonight’s game these two teams meet again January 28th before closing out the seasonal series February 4th and 5th in Prince George. The Rockets will play the Cougars four times in their next nine games. This is the fourth and final game of a four game home stand. The Rockets are 2-1-0-0 with wins over Kamloops (8-1) and Portland (5-3) and a loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers (5-2). The Rockets are in Seattle Friday night before visiting Spokane on Saturday and Tri City on Sunday.
Rockets recent game: Tyson Barrie and Mitchell Callahan scored second period goals in a 5-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday night. The Tigers scored three of their five goals on the power play and chipped in with a shorthanded goal. The Rockets were 1 for 6 with the man advantage. Adam Brown made 25 saves in the loss.
Who’s Hot: Zach Franko is riding a seven game point streak, Franko has 3+5=8 over that period…Shane McColgan has 7+7=14 in his last ten games. McColgan has goals in five of his last nine games…Mitchell Callahan has 6+7=13 in his last fifteen games…Brett Bulmer has 4+11=15 in his last eleven games. Tyson Barrie has points in eight of his last eleven games (2+14=16)…Geordie Wudrick has nine goals in his last ten games.
Who’s Not: Max Adolph has no goals in his last 25 games. Kevin Smith has one goal in his last 26 games.
This and That: Zach Franko’s seven game point streak ties Shane McColgan and Tyson Barrie for the longest point streak for a Rockets player this season. McColgan has had seven game point streaks twice this season….The Rockets have allowed the second fewest goals against in the Western Conference this season (125). The Tri City Americans have also allowed 125 goals against. Overall the Rockets have allowed the fourth fewest goals against in the WHL. Only Red Deer (102), Spokane (116) and Medicine Hat (122) have allowed fewer…The Rockets have scored a power play goal in four of the five games against the Cougars. The Rockets are 6 for 23 (26.1%) in the seasonal series while the Cougars are 3 for 19 (15.8%) and have failed to score a power play goal in three of the five games….Mitchell Callahan, Shane McColgan and Tyson Barrie are tied for the team lead in multiple point games with ten. Brett Bulmer has nine multiple point games…Jason Siebert is missing his 19th straight games after undergoing surgery on his wrist….Adam Brown is third all-time on the Kelowna Rockets list of games played by a goalie. Brown has played 125 games, 4 fewer than second place Kristofer Westblom. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson with 167 games played… The Rockets are 6 for 48 on the power play in their last eight games (12.5 %)…The Rockets have allowed the fewest goals against on the road in the WHL this season (54)….The Rockets have scored 42 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 23 games at home and 20 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 24 goals this season in 42 games. Last season, Wudrick scored 19 goals in 38 regular season games after being acquired from Swift Current…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-nine of the last 33 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 721 regular season wins….Zak Stebner (311) is one of three Rockets with over 300 penalty minutes in their career. Mitchell Callahan (417) and Geordie Wudrick (356) are the others….The Rockets were 8 and 10 in 18 games this season without Tyson Barrie in the lineup. Barrie missed seven games at the start of the season with a hip injury and eleven games as a member of Team Canada… Second year forward Shane McColgan is playing in the CHL Home Hardware NHL/Top Prospects game tonight in Toronto. Forty of the top players eligible for this summer’s draft are participating in the two day event (Jan 18-19) at the Air Canada Centre. McColgan is rated 102nd among WHL players for this summer’s draft. Zach Franko and Jessey Astles are also rated….Brett Bulmer has one more goal than all of last season….Mitchell Chapman leads the team in +/- with a +9…Only four players have played in all 43 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 4-5-0-0 in nine games since returning from the Christmas break. Interestingly, the Cougars are also 4-5-0-0 since the Christmas hiatus.