Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are getting their fill of the Prince George Cougars in the month of November. The Rockets are meeting the Cougars for the third consecutive game after winning back-to-back games in Prince George last weekend. In fact, at this portion of the schedule the Rockets are playing the Cougars four times in their next 8 games. These two teams hook up again December 3rd at Prospera Place. Tonight the Rockets are opening a seven game home stand, their longest stay at home this season. Over the next two weeks they will host Prince George (twice), Kootenay, Victoria (twice), Tri City and Lethbridge. The Rockets enter tonight’s game having registered points in four straight games (2-0-1-1) and have won back-to-back games for only the third time this season.
Seasonal Series Breakdown vs. Cougars:
Scoring 1 2 3 Total
Rockets 5 1 3 9
Cougars 3 0 2 5
*The Rockets are 3 for 14 (21.4 %) on the power play in the three games against the Cougars while Prince George is 0 for 15 with the extra man. The Cougars have out-shot the Rockets in two of three games.
Who’s Hot: Brett Bulmer has ten points in seven games (3+7=10) yet has one goal in his last six games…Shane McColgan has points in 15 of his last 19 games and has been held off the score sheet just five times this season. McColgan has (6+13=19) over that period….Adam Brown has started in goal in seventeen of the first twenty-two games…Colton Sissons has goals in three of his last five games.…Who’s Not: Tyson Baillie snapped a 14 game goal scoring drought with his 4th of the season Saturday in a 4-2 win over Prince George….Damon Severson has gone six games without a point. In October Severson had 14 points (3+11) in 14 games.
This and That: NHL Central Scouting has rated captain Colton Sissons as the 6th top skater available from the WHL for the 2012 draft….Jesse Lees and Tyson Baillie have been named to Team Pacific for the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge next month in Windsor, Ontario…Madison Bowey has been named to the roster for Team West for the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge…The Rockets have been involved in eleven-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 5-3-1-2 in those eleven games… The Rockets have been out-shot in nine of their last eleven games….The Rockets snapped an 8 game road losing streak Friday night in Prince George with a 3-2 win. The Rockets went 12 games between victories on the road during the 2006-2007 season before beating the Cougars 4-2….Adam Brown is second – all-time - in games played by a Kelowna Rockets goaltender. Brown has 165 career appearances. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson, who played in 167 games in 1998-2001…The Rockets are playing their 1463rd regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Ryan Huska has 166 wins behind the Rockets bench…The Rockets have scored a power play goal in eleven of their last fourteen games….The Rockets are 4-4-0-0 when scoring four or more goals. The Rockets have won games over Everett (5-4), Vancouver – twice (6-3), and Prince George (4-2)…
Shane McColgan has 160 career points in 163 career games.
Spencer Main is playing in his 198th WHL game tonight.
Kevin Smith is playing in his 250th career WHL game tonight.
Mitchell Chapman played in his 125th WHL game November 5th.
Brett Bulmer is 1 point shy of 100 for his career.
Man Games Lost to Injury:
Carter Rigby: 7 games missed Madison Bowey: 9 games missed
Jason Siebert: 22 games missed Max Adolph: 22 games missed
Kevin Smith: 12 games missed Jessey Astles: 9 games missed
Tyrell Goulbourne: 3 games missed Jesse Lees: 12 games missed
Spencer Main: 10 games missed Filip Vasko – 1 game served for suspension
Myles Bell – 1 game missed
Total: 108 man games lost