Thursday, December 1, 2011

What an effort!

(Photo by Marissa Baecker)

  • It was clearly the Kelowna Rockets best effort of the season.The Rockets erased a 2-1 second period deficit by scoring five unanswered goals in a 6-2 win Wednesday night over the visiting Tri City Americans. Brett Bulmer scored twice while the line of Colton Heffley, Tyrell Goulbourne and rookie Tanner Moar combined for six points. The Rockets beat an Americans team, that up until Wednesday night, had lost only six times in 25 games. The Rockets have now beaten them twice this season.

  • The Rockets have now scored 19 goals in their last four games.

  • Tanner Moar was named the games first star. Not bad for a player who was a healthy scratch for five straight games earlier this month. Moar registered his first two point game of his career (1+1=2) and then delivered the best hit of the night on Americans forward Malte Stromwall in the third period.

  • I am not sure if Brett Bulmer knew that two Minnesota Wild scouts were attending the game, but it sure looked like he knew something was up. Bulmer played a terrific game by scoring twice and showing the first real chemistry with line-mate Shane McColgan. The prettiest goal of the game was likely Bulmer's second when McColgan found the 19 year-old at the right side of the net with a no-look back hand pass. McColgan played one of his best games of the season and ended the night with two assists.

  • The Rockets discipline was outstanding, limiting the Americans to just two power play chances. The Rockets were awarded three consecutive power play chances in the second period and cashed in on the third one as Colton Sissons scored his team leading 14th goal to make the score 3-2.

  • Americans goaltender Ty Rimmer was pulled after the second period in favor of 16 year-old Eric Comrie. Comrie would allow third period goals from Bulmer and Carter Rigby in the lopsided loss.

  • Jordon Cooke earned his second straight home ice win with a 20 save performance. Cooke's best save may have come against Americans forward Connor Rankin on an in tight chance in the second period or a breakaway stop shorthanded against Brendan Shinnimin in the third.

  • The Rockets had six wins in 11 games during the month of November but more importantly registered points in eight of those 11 games.

  • Brett Bulmer led the Rockets in scoring in November with 17 points (8+9=17) in 11 games. Bulmer's eight goals were only one better than Colton Sissons seven. Shane McColgan had 12 points (2+10=12) during the month.

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