Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Tri City Americans for the 4th and final time this season. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 in the first three games, having been out-scored 8-7. All three games have been decided by a single goal with two of the three games ending in 4-3 scores. The Rockets are playing the 3rd game of a three game home stand, having split the first two games after a 1-0 loss to Chilliwack last Friday and a 5-3 win over Lethbridge Saturday night. Following tonight’s game the Rockets play three games in three nights with games in Kamloops Friday, hosting the Blazers Saturday before traveling to Chilliwack on Sunday. Five of the final seven games of the season are against teams in the BC Division. The Rockets enter tonight’s tilt having won five of their last six games. Over that period the Rockets have out-scored their opponent 19-11.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets received two goals from Tyson Barrie in a 5-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night. Geordie Wudrick scored his 38th of the season while Zach Franko (18) and Spencer Main (10) added singles. Lethbridge out-shot the Rockets 31-25. Kelowna was 3 for 4 on the power play while the Hurricanes went 2 for 9 with the extra man.
Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has 15 points (5+10=15) in his last ten games….Geordie Wudrick has 13 points (9+4=13) in his last ten games. Brett Bulmer has points in eleven of his last 15 games…Tyson Barrie snapped a 19 game goalless streak Saturday….Evan Bloodoff has ten points (5+5=10) in his last ten games…After scoring goals in back-to-back games, Andreas Stene has not scored in 32 games… Shane McColgan has two goals in his last 16 games….Mitchell Callahan has two goals in his last 11 games and two goals and two assists in his last ten games.
This and That: The Rockets are two goals shy of the 224 they scored all of last season….The Rockets have 19 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 38 wins this season. Last season they had 35 victories…The Rockets have 19 home ice wins this season. Last year they had 20 home victories….The Rockets have 77 points this season. Last season the team had one fewer point at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 81 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is 2 wins shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 23 and 4 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 7 games left in the regular season…Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just sixteen times in regulation during their last 51 games (34-16-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 41st 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 44 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 32 games at home and 33 times on opposition ice…The Rockets have been involved in twenty-four (24) one goal games this season. The Rockets are 16-7-0-1 in those twenty-four (24) one goal games…Adam Brown has started forty-six of the last 54 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 736 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 65 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 19-11-0-1 in thirty-one 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 fifteen games the Rockets have scored sixteen goals in their last 69 power play chances (23.2%)…..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 (350 – tied with Americans)…Geordie Wudrick is 4 for 4 in the shootout this season….Brett Bulmer is missing his 11th straight game with a knee injury….The Rockets are 4 and 1 in the shootout. ..Geordie Wudrick is playing in his 343rd WHL game tonight against the Americans. That ties him with Tri City forward Brian Sakic for 14th place on the WHL all-time list…Evan Bloodoff has six-multiple goal games this season. Geordie Wudrick has eight-multiple goal games…Wudrick has eight goals in his last ten games…Mitchell Callahan is playing in his 198th career game tonight against the Americans…Mitchell Chapman has missed 11 games with a concussion.