Thursday, December 29, 2011

Welcome to Tri City

I like to do my own game prep rather than relying on the opposition team to feed me what I should know.
Here are some of the things I will use on the broadcast tonight during stoppages in play.
  • The Americans have 27 wins this season in just 34 games. Kamloops is next closest at 25 victories.
  • Only two other teams in the entire CHL have more wins this season than the Americans (27). The Quebec Remparts have 28 wins...the Saint John Sea Dogs have 28 wins. No team in the OHL has 27 wins this season.
  • The Americans have won 8 straight home games and haven’t lost since October 25th in a 5-4 loss to the visiting Victoria Royals. The only other loss on home ice came to the Brandon Wheat Kings in a 3-2 loss October 14th.
  • The Tri City Americans and Kelowna Rockets are separated by 21 points in the standings. The Americans have as many wins on home ice (14) as the Rockets have this entire season. The Rockets have 9 home ice wins and 5 road victories.
  • The Rockets have just two regular season wins in Tri City dating back to the 2005-2006 season. The Rockets are 2-10-0-0 in their last 12 visits here. The Rockets were a 4-3 winner February 25, 2006 and beat the Americans 4-3 back on January 23rd of last season.
  • The Rockets have had success in their final game before entering the new year. In the last four seasons, the Rockets have won their last game before striking in the new year. Last season they beat Kamloops 7-1 on Dec 30th. The last time the Rockets failed to win a game before striking in the new year was December 30, 2006 when they fell 6-4 to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.
  • Adam Hughesman is the Americans leading scorer. Hughesman has averaged 1.7 points per game this season. Brett Bulmer, the hottest Rockets forward, has averaged 1.5 points per game in the 19 he’s played this season.
  • Brett Bulmer is riding a 10 game point streak, the longest point streak of his WHL career. Bulmer has 11+5=16 over that stretch. Shane McColgan had a ten game point streak from October 7th to the 26th with 4 goals and 8 assists.
  • The longest point streak in the WHL this season is Mark Stone’s 18 gamer where the Brandon Wheat King captain had 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points.
  • Americans forward Brendan Shinnimin had the longest point streak in the WHL last season – 21 games –. Which Rocket had the longest point streak last season? Zach Franko went 13 games with a point, recording 9 goals and 9 assists.
  • 12 of Colton Sissons 20 goals this season have been scored on home ice.
  • Brett Bulmer has 28 points in 19 games this season. Adam Hughesman has 35 points in his last 19 games.
  • Adam Brown enters tonight’s game with 9 thousand 934 minutes played. He will surpass the 10 thousand minutes played mark in his next start.
  • The Kelowna Rockets were 21-15-0-0 after 36 games last season. This season they are 14-17-2-3. While the Rockets have 7 fewer wins, it only equates to nine fewer points.

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