Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Kamloops Blazers for the 7th of nine times this season. The Rockets are 2-1-0-0 at home and 1-2-0-0 at the Interior Savings Centre. The only win on the road came in a 5-2 victory back on November 3rd. The Rockets have lost the last two times in this building, having been out-scored 9-1. In the seasonal series the Rockets have out-scored the Blazers 25-18. With ten games left in the regular season for the Rockets, they will face the Blazers three times in the next ten days. The Blazers make their final appearance at Prospera Place on March 12th. In the big picture, this is the Rockets fifth straight game on the road after a four game Central Division road trip last week. The Rockets were 3-1-0-0 in those four games. The Rockets are back on home ice Friday hosting Chilliwack before welcoming Lethbridge Saturday.
Rockets recent game: Geordie Wudrick scored the game winning goal for the second straight outing as the Rockets beat Calgary Saturday night with a 4-3 overtime victory. Wudrick tied the game late in the third period before ending it while playing four-on-four. Line-mate Colton Sissons had a goal and two assists as the Rockets won for the 36th time this season. Calgary out-shot Kelowna 27-21. Adam Brown made 24 saves as the Rockets went 0 for 4 on the power play.
Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has 12 points (5+7=12) in his last seven games….Geordie Wudrick has 11 points (7+4=11) in his last seven games. Brett Bulmer has points in eleven of his last 15 games…Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored in 17 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 18 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 36 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 73 points this season. Last season the team had 3 more points at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 79 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is 4 wins shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 21 and 4 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 10 games left in the regular season…Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just fifteen times in regulation during their last 48 games (32-15-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 38th 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 (87)…. The Rockets have scored 45 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 30 games at home and 32 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-two (23) one goal games…Adam Brown has started forty-three of the last 51 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 733 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 62 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 17-10-0-1 in twenty-eight 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 twelve games the Rockets have scored eleven goals in their last 57 power play chances (19.3%)…..Geordie Wudrick (3) and Colton Sissons (1) have hat tricks this season.…The Rockets have received the second most power play chances of any team in the WHL this season (338)…Geordie Wudrick is 4 for 4 in the shootout this season….Brett Bulmer is missing his 8th straight game with a knee injury….The Rockets are 4 and 1 in the shootout. ..Wudrick plays in his 100th game with the Rockets tonight against the Blazers. Wudrick will play his 340th game overall.
Next three games:
March 4 vs. Chilliwack
March 5 vs. Lethbridge
March 9th vs. Tri City