Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 49th game of the season tonight when they host the Kamloops Blazers. Surprisingly, this is only the fourth of eight meetings between these two teams this season. The Rockets are 0-3-0-0 against Kamloops this season, with losses 3-2 (Oct 16), 5-2 (Oct 28) and 4-3 (Oct 29). Overall the Blazers have out-scored the Rockets 12-7 in the first three games. Kelowna is playing game four of five straight on home ice. The Rockets conclude the home stand against Seattle Friday night before visiting the T-Birds on Sunday. The Rockets enter tonight’s game with three wins in their last nine home games. Despite the lack of success at home, the Rockets have points in eleven of their last sixteen road games (8-5-1-2). Overall, the Rockets have won six of their last ten games.
Seasonal Series Breakdown:
Period 1 2 3 Total
Rockets: 2 2 3 7
Kamloops: 2 7 3 12
*The Blazers have out-shot the Rockets in two of three games. Overall, the Blazers lead the shot-clock 100-85 in the three games. The Rockets are 3 for 15 (20%) on the power play in the seasonal series while the Blazers are 3 for 11 (27.3%) with the extra man.
Who’s Hot: Adam Brown has started 20 regular season games over his career against the Blazers and is 10-8-0-1. In one game he was pulled but not tagged with the loss…Colton Sissons has goals in four of his last five games…Carter Rigby has eight points (3+5=8) in his last eight games…Brett Bulmer has thirty-five points in thirty games this season (19+16=35). Bulmer has just one goal in his last seven games…Shane McColgan has fifteen points (4+11=15) in his last nineteen games, yet has just one goal in his last eight…Adam Brown has started in goal in thirty-three of the first forty-eight games. Who’s Cold: Zach Franko has one goal in his last 18 games. Yet in saying that, Franko has six shootout goals this season in seven attempts. No one in the WHL has scored more shootout goals than Franko this season.
This and That: Forward Brett Lyon turned 21 on Monday…Tanner Moar’s third period goal against Vancouver on Saturday was his first in 22 games….Tyrell Goulbourne’s goal last Friday was his first in 19 games…Thirteen of Colton Sissons 25 goals have been scored on the road this season…Brett Lyon has 1+2=3 in seven games with the Rockets…Defenceman Myles Bell has 24 points this season. Fifteen of those points have been recorded on the road…Four members of the Kelowna Rockets are rated in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings. Captain Colton Sissons is ranked 14th among North American skaters for this summer’s draft. Teammate Damon Severson is rated 46th, rookie defenceman Cole Martin is ranked 146th and Colton Heffley (191) is also rated. Both Sissons and Severson will participate in the CHL Top Prospects game at Prospera Place at the end of the month…The Rockets were 3-5-0-2 in ten games with head coach Ryan Huska at the World Junior Hockey Championships…The Rockets are just 21-19-0-2 in their last 42 home games dating back to last season…In nine of their last eleven wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 15-11-1-3 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne leads the team with 12 fighting majors. Mitchell Chapman has nine….The Rockets are 1-9-0-1 when giving up five or more goals…Last season they gave up five or more goals in ten games…The Rockets have been involved in 23 one goal games this season. The Rockets are 11-7-1-4 in those twenty-two games…The Rockets are playing their 1489th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Birthdays. Shane McColgan turned 19 (Jan 1), Austin Ferguson turned 17 on Wednesday (Jan 11th) and Tyrell Goulbourne turns 18 (Jan 26) later this month…Following this five game home stand, the Rockets play 12 of their final 22 games on the road…Zach Franko has scored in six consecutive shootout situations. The 18 year-olds only miss came on opening night against Everett…Only Franko and Colton Sissons have played in all 48 regular season games this season.