Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Seattle Thunderbirds for the second time in two weeks at the ShoWare Centre. The T-Birds beat the Rockets 3-1 back on January 7th. These two team’s opened the seasonal series back on December 1st with the Rockets earning a 3-2 victory. The Rockets host the T-Birds March 16th. This is the first of three games in three nights. The Rockets are in Spokane Saturday before tangling with the Tri City Americans on Sunday. The Rockets then return home to host the Prince George Cougars Friday January 28th.
Rockets recent game: Cody Chikie scored twice while Spencer Main had a career high four assists leading the Rockets to a 6-2 win Wednesday night over the Prince George Cougars. The Rockets had a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes and a 4-1 advantage after two periods. The Rockets were 2 for 7 on the power play. Adam Brown earned the win in goal, making 30 saves. Mitchell Callahan, Tyson Barrie and Andreas Stene had two point games.
Who’s Hot: Zach Franko is riding a team high eight game point streak, Franko has 3+6=9 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 7+8=15 in his last sixteen games…Brett Bulmer has 5+11=16 in his last twelve games. Tyson Barrie is riding a four game point streak. Barrie has 2+7=9 over that period… Geordie Wudrick has nine goals in his last eleven games.
Who’s Not: Max Adolph has no goals in his last 25 games. Kevin Smith has one goal in his last 27 games.
This and That: Seventeen of Geordie Wudrick’s 24 goals (70.8%) have been scored on home ice… Zach Franko’s eight game point streak is one better than Shane McColgan and Tyson Barrie, who had seven game point streaks earlier this season…..The Rockets have allowed the second fewest goals against in the Western Conference this season (126). The Tri City Americans have allowed 125 goals against. Overall the Rockets have allowed the fifth fewest goals against in the WHL. Only Red Deer (102), Spokane (116), Medicine Hat (122) and Tri City (125) have allowed fewer…Mitchell Callahan and Tyson Barrie are tied for the team lead in multiple point games with eleven. Brett Bulmer has nine multiple point games…Jason Siebert is missing his 20th 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 126 games, 3 fewer than second place Kristofer Westblom. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson with 167 games played… The Rockets are 8 for 55 on the power play in their last eight games (14.5 %)…The Rockets have allowed the fewest goals against on the road in the WHL this season (54)….The Rockets have scored 48 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 24 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…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 thirty of the last 34 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 (360) 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 played in the CHL Home Hardware NHL/Top Prospects game Wednesday night in Toronto. McColgan was held off the score-sheet but participated in the fastest skater competition. McColgan is rated 102nd among WHL players for this summer’s draft. Zach Franko and Jessey Astles are also rated….Brett Bulmer has two more goal than all of last season….Mitchell Chapman leads the team in +/- with a +9…Only four players have played in all 44 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 5-5-0-0 in ten games since returning from the Christmas break…The Rockets have scored 6 or more goals on home ice seven times this season…The Rockets have played a league low 20 games on the road this season. Regina and Prince George have also played just twenty road games this season….The Rockets have been afforded the most power play chances in the WHL this season. The Rockets have enjoyed 251 power play opportunities. Kamloops is next on that list with 245 chances….Defenceman Zak Stebner plays in his 250th career WHL game tonight against the T-Birds.