Saturday, November 5, 2011

Game notes vs. Hawks

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Portland Winterhawks in the back end of a mini two game series at Prospera Place. These two teams met last night with the Hawks coming back for a 6-5 shootout win. The Hawks never led in the game until the winning goal in the shootout. Brett Bulmer had four points (2+2=4) in the setback. Following tonight’s game, these two teams close out the seasonal series January 11th and 13th in Portand. Overall, the Rockets have just two wins in their last thirteen games (2-9-1-1) and have been out-scored 55-36 over that period. This is game three of five straight on home ice. The Rockets welcome Red Deer this Wednesday before hosting Edmonton Friday night. The Rockets are back on the road, one week from tonight, in Vancouver.

This and That: Jordon Cooke is 0-2-0-1 in three career starts at Prospera Place. The 18 year-old has made three other appearances, but all were in a relief effort....Last night’s shootout loss was the Rockets first at home since a 5-4 setback to the team formerly known as the Chilliwack Bruins. Jamie Crooks scored the game winner February 11/11 in the Bruins one goal win…Brett Bulmer’s four point game was not the first of his career. Bulmer had 1+3=4 back on December 17/10 in a 5-1 win in Calgary. Bulmer was named the first start…The Rockets received some good news Monday when the Minnesota Wild shipped 19 year-old forward Brett Bulmer back to the team. Bulmer played in nine NHL regular season games...Bulmer and Zach Franko have been added to Team WHL for the Subway Super Series later this month. Bulmer and Franko will play in one of two games…Colton Sissons was one of 29 players named to the roster for Team WHL for the Subway Super Series last week. Sissons, Franko and Bulmer will play against the Russians on November 16th in Regina. Last season, Tyson Barrie represented the Rockets at the Subway Super Series and eventually made Team Canada. Head Coach Ryan Huska will be behind the bench for both games…The Rockets are winless in seven straight road games (0-6-1-0) with their only win coming in Everett on September 24th…The Rockets lost seven straight road games (0-6-1-0) during the 2009-2010 season…Adam Brown is second – all-time - in games played by a Kelowna Rockets goaltender. Brown has 161 career appearances. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson, who played in 167 games in 1998-2001…The Rockets were 6-10-0-0 after sixteen games last season…The Rockets have scored 51 goals in sixteen games this season after scoring just 47 times in their first sixteen games one season ago…The Rockets have allowed sixty-five goals against in sixteen games this season after giving up sixty-four goals in the first sixteen games last season….The Rockets are playing their 1457th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…The Rockets closed out a portion of their schedule last Saturday where they played nine straight games against teams in the BC Division. The Rockets were 2-6-1-0 over that period…Ryan Huska has 163 wins behind the Rockets bench…The Rockets have scored a power play goal in eight straight games…The Rockets have allowed 4.06 goals per game this season. Victoria allows the most goals against in the BC Division per game at 4.4…The Rockets own the 5th best power play in the W.H.L.

Who’s Hot: Shane McColgan has points in 12 of his last 13 games. McColgan has (5+11=16) over that period….Colton Sissons has points in twelve of his first sixteen games. Sissons has 7+5=12 over that stretch…Adam Brown has started in goal in thirteen of the first sixteen games…Who’s Not: Cody Chikie has one goal in his last eight games…Zach Franko snapped a five game goal scoring drought with a two goal effort last night…Tyson Baillie has one goal in his last thirteen games after scoring twice in the first three games…The Rockets are the youngest team in the WHL with an average age of 17.78 years.

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