Friday, February 10, 2012

Game notes vs. Blazers

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 55th game of the season tonight when they face the Kamloops Blazers. This is the fifth of eight meetings between these two teams this season. The Rockets are 1-3-0-0, having been out-scored 14-10. Three of the four games have been decided by a single goal. Following tonight’s game, these two teams meet again tomorrow night in Kelowna. The seasonal series closes with games March 2nd (Kamloops) and March 3rd (Kelowna). The Rockets have points in 14 of their last 19 road games (11-5-1-2) and have won a season high five straight road games. Overall, the Rockets are 10-5-0-1 in their last 16 games. Oddly enough, the Rockets have just two regulation wins (2-7-0-1 and two shootout wins) in their last 12 games at Prospera Place.

Who’s Hot: Adam Brown is 4-0-0-1 in his last five starts….Shane McColgan has 5+18=23 in 20 career games against the Blazers….Brett Bulmer has seven career goals against Kamloops, with five of them scored at Prospera Place…The Rockets have a power play goal in four of their last five road games (5 for 18 or 28%)...Shane McColgan has 3+4=7 in his last six games.

This and That: Brett Lyon was suspended for six games after a high hit on Prince George forward Jarrett Fontaine in a 2-1 win February 3rd. Lyon has already been suspended twice for a similar hit. The 21 year-old has served two games of the six game suspension….In five of their last seven games the Rockets have been involved in a one goal game…The Rockets have 9 road games remaining and 9 on home ice … Last season the Rockets played in six shootout games. This season the Rockets have been involved in a league high ten games that required a shootout. The Rockets are 6 and 4 in those ten shootout situations… The Rockets were 8-5-0-0 in 13 games last January. This season they were 8-5-0-1 during the month…The Rockets have two 20+ goal scorers this season. Colton Sissons (26) and Brett Bulmer (20) lead the charge. Last season the team had five 20+ goal scorers…Fourteen of Colton Sissons 26 goals have been scored on the road this season…Brett Lyon has 2+2=4 in eleven games with the Rockets….Defenceman Myles Bell has 27 points this season. Eighteen 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. …The Rockets were 3-5-0-2 in ten games with head coach Ryan Huska at the World Junior Hockey Championships…In twelve of their last fifteen wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 17-12-1-4 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne leads the team with 14 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 27-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 14-7-2-4 in those twenty-seven games….The Rockets are playing their 1495th regular season game tonight and will hit the 15 hundred mark when they host Red Deer on February 18th…Birthdays in February. Carter Rigby turns 18 on February 20th while Spencer Main turns 20 on February 27th…Only Zach Franko and Colton Sissons have played in all 54 regular season games this season…The Rockets have been shut out three times this season. Calgary (2-0), Kootenay (4-0) and Seattle (2-0) have shut out the Rockets on home ice.

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