Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome to Victoria

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 40th game of the season tonight when they visit the Royals in Victoria. It is the sixth of 8 meetings between the two teams. The Rockets have a record of 1-3-1-0 in the first five games and have been out-scored 21-17. Following these two games this weekend the seasonal series concludes March 9th at Prospera Place. Tonight’s game is the first of six straight on opposition ice. The Rockets are in Portland this upcoming Wednesday and Friday before stops in Vancouver and Everett. Overall, the Rockets have points in seven of their last ten road games (4-3-1-2).

Seasonal Series Scoring Breakdown:

Period: 1 2 3 OT Total

Rockets: 7 7 3 0 17

Royals: 4 8 8 1 21

Extra’s: The Rockets are 7 for 24 (29.2%) on the power play in the seasonal series while the Royals are 7 for 28 (25%) with the extra man. The Royal have out-shot the Rockets 143-140 in the first five games.

Who’s Hot: Brett Bulmer has thirty-one points in twenty-two games this season (17+14=31). Bulmer has points in eleven of his last thirteen games (13+4=17). Bulmer has goals in seven of his last ten games and has fourteen goals in his last thirteen games…Shane McColgan has eight points (3+5=8) in his last eleven games…Carter Rigby has (4+5=9) in his last twelve.…Adam Brown has started in goal in twenty-eight of the first thirty-nine games.

This and That: Adam Brown reached the 10 thousand minutes played mark Wednesday in a 5-2 win over Spokane. Brown now has played 10 thousand and 54 minutes in his WHL career. The only other active goaltender in the WHL with over 10 thousand minutes played is Seattle’s Calvin Pickard (12,274)…. 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 their last six wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 10-8-1-3 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne has 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…NHL Central Scouting has rated captain Colton Sissons as the 6th top skater available from the WHL for the 2012 draft…. The Rockets have been involved in seventeen-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 7-5-1-4 in those seventeen games…The Rockets are playing their 1480th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Even with season ending injuries to Jason Seibert and Max Adolph, the Rockets have still failed to ice a complete line up this season…Rockets rookie Madison Bowey scored once in Team Western’s 6-3 loss Tuesday to Germany in a fight for 9th place at the Under 17’s in Windsor Ontario. Team West was 0 and 5 at the tournament.….Tyson Baillie and Jesse Lees helped Team Pacific finish 5th in Windsor…Birthdays. Shane McColgan turned 19 (Jan 1), Austin Ferguson turns 17 (Jan 11th) and Tyrell Goulbourne turns 18 (Jan 26) later this month.

Milestone Makers:

Shane McColgan has 176 career points in 179 career games.

Mitchell Chapman played in his 125th WHL game November 5th.

Brett Bulmer has 120 career points.

Damon Severson played in his 100th career game December 10th in Moose Jaw.

Adam Brown has 97 career wins, most of any active WHL goaltender.

Colton Sissons played in his 100th career WHL game December 29th vs. Tri City.

Man Games Lost to Injury:

Carter Rigby: 7 games missed Madison Bowey: 9 games missed

Jason Siebert: 39 games missed Max Adolph: 39 games missed

Kevin Smith: 12 games missed Jessey Astles: 9 games missed

Tyrell Goulbourne: 8 games missed Jesse Lees: 18 games missed

Spencer Main: 27 games missed Filip Vasko – 1 game served for suspension

Myles Bell – 14 games missed Cody Chikie: 11 games missed

Man Games Lost to Injury Continues:

Damon Severson: 7 game missed Colton Heffley: 6 games missed Cole Martin: One game missed

Jessey Astles – three games because of suspension

Total: 206 man games lost to injury (suspensions not included in that number)

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