Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Chilliwack Bruins for the seventh time this season. The Rockets are 2-0-0-1 in three meetings at Prospera Place and 1-2-0-0 at Prospera Centre. Overall the Rockets have out-scored the Bruins 26-22 in the first six games. These two teams wrap up the seasonal series March 13th in Chilliwack. The Rockets open a three game home stand tonight against the Bruins. Tomorrow night the Lethbridge Hurricanes pay a visit before welcoming Tri City next Wednesday. The Rockets enter the game riding a four game winning streak. Over that period the Rockets have out-scored their opponent 14-7. Kelowna has not allowed a power play goal in three straight games (13 for 13).
Rockets recent game: Evan Bloodoff scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season in the Rockets 6-2 road win in Kamloops Wednesday night. The Rockets erupted for four-second period goals in their 37th win of the season and 19th road victory. Cody Chikie, Tyrell Goulbourne, Geordie Wudrick and Mitchell Callahan also scored. Adam Brown made 25 saves as the Rockets went 2 for 3 on the power play.
Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has 14 points (5+9=14) in his last eight games….Geordie Wudrick has 12 points (8+4=12) in his last eight games. Brett Bulmer has points in eleven of his last 15 games…Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored in 18 games…his longest scoring drought of his career. Barrie didn’t score in 15 consecutive games as a WHL rookie in 2007-2008.
This and That: The Rockets scored 38 goals in February. Of those 38 goals, the line of Geordie Wudrick, Colton Sissons and Evan Bloodoff scored 21 of them….Sissons led the Rockets in points in February with 7+7=14… The Rockets have 19 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 37 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 75 points this season. Last season the team had 1 more points at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 80 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is 3 wins shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 22 and 4 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 9 games left in the regular season…Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just fifteen times in regulation during their last 49 games (33-15-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 39th straight games after undergoing surgery on his wrist….The Rockets have allowed the second fewest goals against on the road in the WHL this season (89)…. The Rockets have scored 39 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 30 games at home and 33 times on opposition ice…The Rockets have been involved in twenty-three (23) one goal games this season. The Rockets are 16-6-0-1 in those twenty-three (23) one goal games…Adam Brown has started forty-four of the last 52 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 735 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 63 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 18-10-0-1 in twenty-nine 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 thirteen games the Rockets have scored thirteen goals in their last 60 power play chances (21.7%)…..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 (341)…Geordie Wudrick is 4 for 4 in the shootout this season….Brett Bulmer is missing his 9th straight game with a knee injury….The Rockets are 4 and 1 in the shootout. ..Wudrick played in his 100th game with the Rockets Wednesday night against the Blazers. Wudrick will play his 341st WHL game tonight against the Bruins. Only one other player in Rockets history has played it that many games. Jason Deleurme played 341 career games with the Tacoma/Kelowna Rockets from 1993-1998…Evan Bloodoff has six-multiple goal games this season. Geordie Wudrick has eight-multiple goal games…MacKenzie Johnston is +4 in his last four games while Zak Stebner is +6 in his last three games…Wudrick has seven goals in his last eight games.