Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Spokane Chiefs for the 4th and final time this season. The Rockets are 2-1-0-0 with both victories in Spokane and a 5-2 loss on home ice. Both teams have scored ten goals in the first three games while allowing ten goals against. The winning team has scored five goals in two of the three games. The Rockets enter tonight’s game having won two straight and have points in five straight home games (4-0-0-1). The Rockets host Vancouver tomorrow before opening a four game Alberta road trip (Tuesday in Cranbrook) over five nights to end the month of February.
Seasonal Series Scoring:
Period 1 2 3 OT Total
Rockets: 3 3 3 1 10
Chiefs 4 2 4 0 10
*The Chiefs have out-shot the Rockets 99-64 (33 shots per game for Spokane compared to 21.3 for the Rockets) in two of the three games. The Rockets power play is 3 for 15 in the seasonal series (20%) while the Chiefs are 2 for 15 (13.3%) in the three games.
Rockets recent game: Colton Sissons scored three times in the Rockets 4-2 win Wednesday night over the Vancouver Giants. Sissons had 3+1=4 in the victory. Geordie Wudrick (1+1=2), Evan Bloodoff (0+2=2) and Zach Franko (0+2=2) had multiple point games. Adam Brown made 42 saves in the win. The Rockets were 2 for 3 on the power play.
Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has goals in four of his last seven games…Max Adolph has goals two of his last three games…Evan Bloodoff has four goals in his last seven games….Cody Chike has eleven points in his last nine games (2+9=11)…Mitchell Callahan has 8+13=21 in his last twenty-two games…Brett Bulmer has points in eleven of his last 15 games…Shane McColgan hasn’t scored a goal in seven games…Zak Stebner has four goals in his last seven games..Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored in 11 games. It’s the longest scoring drought for the skilled defenceman this season.
This and That: The Rockets have 15 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 32 wins this season. Last season they had 35 victories…The Rockets have 17 home ice wins this season. Last year they had 20 home victories….The Rockets have 65 points this season. Last season the team had 11 more points at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 75 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is 8 wins shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 18 and 3 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 16 games left in the regular season…The Rockets are in a stretch of playing ten games in the next 16 days…The Rockets have averaged 4.3 goals per game on home ice this season….Shane McColgan leads the Rockets in road points with 23. McColgan is followed by Brett Bulmer (20)…..Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just thirteen times in regulation during their last 42 games (28-13-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 32nd straight games after undergoing surgery on his wrist….The Rockets have allowed the fewest goals against on the road in the WHL this season (78)….The Rockets have scored 47 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 28 games at home and 28 times on opposition ice…The Rockets have been involved in eighteen one goal games this season. The Rockets are 12-5-0-1 in those eighteen one goal games…Adam Brown has started thirty-eight of the last 45 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 729 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 56 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 13-8-0-1 in twenty-one games since returning from the Christmas break…The Rockets have scored 6 or more goals on home ice ten times this season…The Rockets have won five straight games against teams in the US Division….Over the last seven games the Rockets have scored seven goals in their last 39 chances (17.9%)…..The Rockets have scored 20 goals in seven games in February (2.9 per game) and have allowed 24 goals against( 3.4 per game) over that same period…Defenceman Kevin Smith turned 20 on Wednesday. ..Wudrick (3) and Sissons (1) have hat tricks.