Friday, February 25, 2011

Busing down to Red Deer to meet the Rebels

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Red Deer Rebels for the second and final time this season. Both games this season have been played in Red Deer. Back on December 10th the Rockets earned a 5-1 win. Evan Bloodoff scored twice and added an assist in the victory. Geordie Wudrick also had two goals while Adam Brown made 37 saves, including a penalty shot save on Rebels forward Colten Mayor. Following tonight’s game the Rockets are in Calgary to face the Hitmen to wrap up a February road schedule that had the team playing 13 games in 24 nights.

Rockets recent game: Colton Sissons scored the game winning goal in the shootout leading the Kelowna Rockets to a 3-2 win Wednesday night over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Shane McColgan (20) and Zach Franko (17) scored first period goals before the Tigers tied the game with back-to-back goals. Adam Brown was named the games 1st star by stopping six of seven shooters in the shootout. The Rockets out-shot the Tigers 40-31.

Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has points in four of his last five games….Evan Bloodoff has seven goals in his last eleven games….Georide Wudrick has points in four of his last five games. Brett Bulmer has points in eleven of his last 15 games…Shane McColgan snapped a 10 game goal scoring drought Wednesday night with his 20th of the season…..Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored in 15 games. That’s his longest scoring drought of the season.

This and That: The Rockets have 16 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 34 wins this season. Last season they had 35 victories…The Rockets have 18 home ice wins this season. Last year they had 20 home victories….The Rockets have 69 points this season. Last season the team had 7 more points at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 77 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is 6 wins shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 19 and 4 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 12 games left in the regular season…Shane McColgan leads the Rockets in road points with 24. McColgan is followed by Brett Bulmer (20)…..Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just fifteen times in regulation during their last 46 games (30-15-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 36th straight games after undergoing surgery on his wrist….The Rockets have allowed the fewest goals against on the road in the WHL this season (84), one fewer than the Red Deer Rebels….The Rockets have scored 50 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 30 games at home and 30 times on opposition ice…The Rockets have been involved in twenty-one (21) one goal games this season. The Rockets are 14-6-0-1 in those twenty-one (21) one goal games…Adam Brown has started forty-one of the last 49 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 731 regular season wins….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….Only four players have played in all 60 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 15-10-0-1 in twenty-six games since returning from the Christmas break…The Rockets have scored 6 or more goals on home ice eleven (11) times this season…Over the last ten games the Rockets have scored eleven goals in their last 50 power play chances (22%)…..Geordie Wudrick (3) and Colton Sissons (1) have hat tricks this season.…The Rockets have received the most power play chances of any team in the WHL this season (331)…Colton Jobke is returning to the lineup tonight after serving a seven game suspension for an interference major earlier this month against the Chilliwack Bruins..Geordie Wudrick is 4 for 4 in the shootout this season….Brett Bulmer is missing his 6th straight game with a knee injury….The Rockets are 4 and 1 in the shootout.

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