Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rockets game notes vs. Tips

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 46th game of the season tonight when they host the Everett Silvertips. These two teams met Sunday in Everett with the Rockets earning a 3-2 shootout win. Following tonight’s game the two teams conclude the seasonal series March 14th at Prospera Place. The Rockets are 2-0-0-0 against the Tips this season, with both games ending in shootout wins. Kelowna opens a five game home stand tonight. The Rockets host Lethbridge Friday, Vancouver Saturday before welcoming Kamloops next Wednesday and then concluding the home stand against Seattle on January 27th. The month comes to a close on January 29th with a trip to Kent to face the T-Birds. Overall, the Rockets have points in eleven of their last sixteen road games (8-5-1-2) and have won five of their last seven games overall.

Who’s Hot: Carter Rigby has six points (3+3=6) in his last five games…Brett Bulmer has thirty-five points in twenty-seven games this season (19+16=35). Bulmer has points in fourteen of his last eighteen games (15+6=21). Bulmer has goals in nine of his last fifteen games and has sixteen goals in his last eighteen games…Shane McColgan has thirteen points (3+10=13) in his last sixteen games…Adam Brown has started in goal in thirty-one of the first forty-five games.

This and That: Thirteen of Colton Sissons 23 goals have been scored on the road this season…Brett Lyon has 1+1=2 in four games with the Rockets since the 20 year-old was acquired from the Moose Jaw Warriors at the trade deadline…..Defenceman Myles Bell has 23 points this season. Fifteen of those points (65%) have been recorded on the road…Zach Franko has 7 goals after 45 games this season. Last season Franko had 11 goals after 45 games…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 20-17-0-2 in their last 39 home games dating back to last season…In January of last year the Rockets were 8-5-0-0 in 13 games. They started the month with four straight losses before winning eight of their next nine games…In eight of their last ten wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 14-10-1-3 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne and Mitchell Chapman each have nine fighting majors this season.… The Rockets are 1-8-0-1 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 twenty one-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 10-6-1-4 in those twenty-one games…The Rockets are playing their 1486th 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 five consecutive shootout situations. The 18 year-olds only miss came on opening night against Everett…Only Franko and Colton Sissons have played in all 45 regular season games this season.

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