Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rockets game notes vs. Royals

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals are meeting for the second of eight times this season. These two teams faced off last night in a 7-5 Royals win. The Rockets had a 5-2 lead before Victoria scored five straight goals in the win. Following tonight’s game the Rockets conclude the weekend with a stop in Kamloops on Sunday. The Rockets return to Victoria again for back-to-back games on January 6th and 7th. The Rockets enter tonight’s game having lost four straight, after losses to Tri City, Spokane, Medicine Hat and Victoria. Over that stretch the Rockets have been out-scored 21-10. After this weekend, the Rockets return home Thursday October 20th to entertain the Vancouver Giants.

Giving Up Seven: The Rockets gave up seven goals in last night’s 7-5 loss to the Victoria Royals. The Rockets didn’t give up seven goals on the road all of last season. They did surrender 7 goals in a 7-5 home loss to the Vancouver Giants on October 20/10.

This and That: Spencer Main has four goals in seven games this season. Last season it took him 18 games to score his fourth goal of the season….Colton Heffley snapped a 28 game goal scoring drought in last night’s loss to the Royals…Shane McColgan has 99 career assists…The Rockets are 5 for 12 (41.7%) in their last two games…Rookies Jesse Lees and Tanner Moar each earned career first’s last night. Lees scored his first career WHL goal while Moar chipped in with his first career WHL point, an assist, in last night’s loss…Adam Brown is second – all-time - in games played by a Kelowna Rockets goaltender. Brown has 154 career appearances. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson, who played in 167 games in 1998-2001…Adam Brown earned his 88th career win last October 5th against Tri City. Brown is the franchise leader in that category surpassing Kelly Guard’s 83 career wins…The Rockets were 1-6-0-0 after seven games last season…The Rockets have scored 25 goals in seven games this season after scoring just 18 goals in their first seven games one season ago…The Rockets have allowed thirty-one goals against in seven games this season after giving up twenty-nine goals in the first seven games last season….Second year forward Jason Siebert will miss the first half of this season after his broken wrist didn’t heal properly. Siebert missed the final 48 regular season games and the playoffs last season. The Abbotsford product was the team’s first overall pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft….The Rockets are playing their 1448th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Seven of the Rockets first twelve games are on the road…Ten of the Rockets first 15 games are against BC Division rivals…Ryan Huska has 161 wins behind the Rockets bench…Brett Bulmer has played three regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, picking up one assist. Bulmer had 18 goals as an 18 year-old forward last season...Happy birthday to Rockets d-man MacKenzie Johnston, who officially turns 18 today.

Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has a four game point streak with five assists over that period… Colton Sissons has points in five of his last seven games. Sissons has 4+1=5 over that period…Fifteeen year-old Tyson Baillie has points in four of his last seven games. Baillie has 2+3=5 over that period….Cody Chikie has goals in four of his first seven games this season…Myles Bell has points in four of seven games this season…Adam Brown has started in goal in six of the first seven games. Jordon Cooke played in five of the six pre-season games, posting a goals against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .930.

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