Sunday, October 9, 2011


What would have happened had it gone in?
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Damon Severson fired a shot from the blue line less than 30 seconds into the game that beats Spokane goaltender Mac Engel but hits the goal post. Had that shot gone in, would the fortunes of the Rockets have been any different then what we witnessed Saturday night in a lopsided 5-1 loss? Instead of scoring, the Rockets deflated like a balloon with 800 holes in it in arguably their worst effort of the young season.
After enjoying a three game winning streak heading into the weekend, the Rockets will be eating Thanksgiving turkey with a two game losing streak.

This one was hard to watch. No jump. No energy. No urgency and an extremely low battle level. The Chiefs were the better team in all facets of the game. But on this night, it was more of the Rockets being 'off' as it was the Chiefs being razor sharp. No question the Chiefs deserve credit for the one sided score, but the visitors made life easy for Spokane.

12. That's the number of shots the Rockets registered in the entire game. Three of those were recorded in the first period, with five coming in the third when the Chiefs let off the gas pedal.

Without question the Chiefs were the more physical team. Just ask Rockets import Filip Vasko, who was on the receiving end of two big hits. Even skilled Spokane d-man Brenden Kichton got into the act. After bull dozing Zach Franko, teammate Shane McColgan had seen enough and dropped his gloves in a third period scrap.

Cody Chikie scored the lone Rockets goal with a nice shot over the glove hand side of Mac Engel. It was Chikie's fourth goal of the season and extended his point streak to a career high five games.

The coaches were again pleased with the efforts of rookie Tyson Baillie. In a game where few showed up to battle, the 15 year-old was again working hard for the common good of the team.

The Rockets scratched 20 year-old Kevin Smith. Unhappy with his early season play, the coaches sent a clear message that they want more from the five year player. We will see Wednesday if it paid off.

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