Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight for the first of only three meetings this season. The Oil Kings are at Prospera Place February 15th before the Rockets return the favor on February 22nd. This is the fifth and final game of a five game home stand. The Rockets are winless (0-3-1-0) in the first four games and have been out-scored 19-13. Wednesday night, the Rockets fell 6-4 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels. Following tonight’s game the Rockets play three straight on the road with stops in Vancouver (tomorrow) and Prince George, for back-to-back games, next weekend. The Rockets have lost five straight and have just two wins in their last fifteen games (2-11-1-1). Overall the team is 5-11-1-1 this season which includes 4-5-0-1 on home ice.
Who’s Hot: Brett Bulmer has seven points in three games (2+5=7)…Madison Bowey has three goals in his last five games…Shane McColgan has points in 13 of his last 15 games and has been held off the score sheet just three times this season. McColgan has (6+11=17) over that period….Adam Brown has started in goal in fifteen of the first eighteen games…Who’s Not: Colton Sissons snapped a seven game goal scoring drought Wednesday night against Red Deer…Cody Chikie has two goals in his last ten games…Tyson Baillie is without a goal in ten games (Oct 15th last goal) 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.
This and That: The Rockets are 5-11-1-1 this season. The last time they got off to this slow of a start was in 2006-2007 when the team was 5-11-0-2 and missed the playoffs that season…The Rockets have failed to out-shoot the opposition in seven games. The last time they managed the feat was in a 3-2 loss in Victoria October 24th when they out-shot the Royals 24-23….Rockets are winless in four straight home games (0-3-0-1). The last time the Rockets lost four straight games (or more) at home was back in the 2009-2010 season when the team dropped five straight games (0-3-0-2) from January 6th to January 20th….Brett 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 will also play after being one of 29 players named to the roster for Team WHL for the Subway Super Series. 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 163 career appearances. The franchise leader is Kevin Swanson, who played in 167 games in 1998-2001…The Rockets were 8-10-0-0 after eighteen games last season…The Rockets have scored 57 goals in eighteen games this season after scoring 60 times in their first eighteen games one season ago…The Rockets have allowed seventy-four (74) goals against in eighteen games this season after giving up seventy (70) goals in the first eighteen games last season….The Rockets are playing their 1459th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Ryan Huska has 163 wins behind the Rockets bench…The Rockets have scored a power play goal in nine of their last ten games. The Rockets failed to score a power play goal last Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to Portland…Rockets’ November birthdays are Colton Sissons (18) on November 5th and Tyson Baillie (16) on November 16th.
Cody Chikie played in his 150th WHL game last Sunday in Kamloops. Chikie has 79 career points.
Shane McColgan has 158 career points in 159 career games.
Spencer Main is playing in his 198th WHL game tonight.
Myles Bell played in his 150th WHL game last Saturday against Portland.
Kevin Smith is five games shy of 250th of his WHL career.
Mitchell Chapman played in his 125th WHL game November 5th.
Brett Bulmer is 4 points shy of 100 for his career.
Man Games Lost to Injury:
Carter Rigby: 7 games missed Madison Bowey: 9 games missed
Jason Siebert: 18 games missed Max Adolph: 18 games missed
Kevin Smith: 12 games missed Jessey Astles: 9 games missed
Tyrell Goulbourne: 3 games missed Jesse Lees: 8 games missed
Spencer Main: 6 games missed Filip Vasko – 1 game served for suspension
Myles Bell – 1 game missed
Total: 92 man games lost