Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Kamloops Blazers for the 8th of nine games this season. The Rockets are 4-3-0-0 against the Blazers in the first seven games, but the Rockets have won the last two meetings by scores of 8-1 and 6-2. This is the start of three games in three nights for the Rockets, who host the Blazers Saturday before traveling to Chilliwack on Sunday. Five of the final six games of the season are against teams in the BC Division. The Rockets enter tonight’s tilt having won six of their last seven games. Over that period the Rockets have out-scored their opponent 22-12. The Rockets are gunning for their 40th win of the season against the Blazers. It would mark the 8th time in franchise history the team has 40 plus wins.
Rockets recent game: The Rockets received a goal and an assist each from Evan Bloodoff and Mitchell Callahan in a 3-1 win Wednesday night over the visiting Tri City Americans. Geordie Wudrick scored his team leading 39th goal of the season. The Rockets were 1 for 4 on the power play while giving up the lone goal on a second period power play chance by the Americans.
Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has 15 points (5+10=15) in his last eleven games….Geordie Wudrick has 14 points (10+4=14) in his last eleven games. Tyson Barrie has points in six of his last eight games….Evan Bloodoff has eleven points (6+5=11) in his last eleven games.
This and That: The Rockets have scored one more goal than they did all of last season…Last season the team scored 224 times….The Rockets have 19 road wins this season. Last year the team won just 15 times on opposition ice…..The Rockets have 39 wins this season. Last season they had 35 victories…The Rockets have 20 home ice wins this season. Last year they had 20 home victories….The Rockets have 79 points this season. Last season the team had three fewer point at season’s end (76)…..Adam Brown has 82 career wins, which is good for second place on the Rockets all-time list. Brown is one win shy of Kelly Guard’s 83 victories…..The Rockets are 24 and 4 when Geordie Wudrick scores…. The Rockets have just 6 games left in the regular season…Since the start of November the Rockets have lost just sixteen times in regulation during their last 52 games (35-16-0-1). The Rockets lost ten times in their first 14 games to start the season….Jason Siebert is missing his 42nd 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 47 more goals at home than on the road. The Rockets have played 33 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-seven of the last 55 games…The Rockets franchise played in its 1400th regular season game December 14th in Medicine Hat. The team has 737 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 66 regular season games this season. They are Zach Franko, Kevin Smith, Evan Bloodoff and Spencer Main…The Rockets are 20-11-0-1 in thirty-two 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 sixteen games the Rockets have scored seventeen goals in their last 73 power play chances (23.3%)…..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 (354 – tied with Americans)…Geordie Wudrick is 4 for 4 in the shootout this season….Brett Bulmer is missing his 12th straight game with a knee injury….The Rockets are 4 and 1 in the shootout. ..Geordie Wudrick is playing in his 344th WHL game tonight against the Blazers. That ties him with Mike Lay of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Dale Mahovsky of the Kootenay Ice for 13th 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 nine goals in his last eleven games…Mitchell Callahan is playing in his 199th career game tonight against the Americans…Mitchell Chapman has missed 12 games with a concussion…Colton Heffley will serve game one of a two game suspension for a charging major penalty against Tri City Wednesday night…Last season the Rockets won 5 of 21 games against U.S Division teams. This season they’ve won 11 games.