Thursday, October 20, 2011

Severson ties Rockets record

Damon Severson had a career night.
So did rookie Austin Ferguson.
While the second year defenceman tied a franchise record for assists in one game with five, Ferguson scored his first career goal and added an assist as the Kelowna Rockets snapped a six game winless streak with a 6-3 win Thursday night over the Vancouver Giants.
Severson's five assists ties a club record set by Colin Long, who chipped in with five helpers in a game during the 2007-2008 season.

While Severson had a game he will never forget, Ferguson had a smile on his face, and a look of relief, that won't likely vanish off his face until this weekend.
"I was happy to get my first goal. It felt exciting. I got the first one off my back so I think I am going to play a little more relaxed now."
Ferguson, a 10th round pick of the Rockets from the 2010 WHL draft, explains how the goal was scored.
"I was on the bench waiting for a change and I saw a tussle in front of our own net. I just went onto the ice and saw a three on two and tried to get in there. There was a loose puck waiting there for me and I tapped it in".
Despite what looks like a lopsided score, Rockets goaltender Adam Brown had to be razor sharp in the three goal win. The 20 year-old made some outstanding saves and was aided by four Giants shots that rang off the goal post. With any puck luck and a sub par Brown, this game would have been a whole lot closer.
While 16 year-old rookie defenceman Madison Bowey returned to the lineup Thursday night after missing the first nine games with a knee injury, 17 year-old forward Carter Rigby left the game in the second period after crashing into Giants defenceman Blake Orban at centre ice. Rigby had his bell rung on a collision that saw Orban surprisingly tossed from the game after receiving a five minute major and game misconduct for interference.
The win, the Rockets fourth of the season, featured six different goals scorers and included two point efforts from Zach Franko, Myles Bell, Spencer Main and Austin Ferguson.
The Giants have dropped three in a row and are the only team in the WHL without a single point on the road this season.
The two teams meet again Sunday in Vancouver.

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