- The Kelowna Rockets needed a near perfect performance against the Edmonton Oil Kings last night and didn't even come close. The Oil Kings scored five-second period goals in a lopsided 6-3 win before a crowd of six thousand and 27 fans. The 6-3 score was flattering considering the number of big stops goaltender Adam Brown made in the first half of the game. Brown's desperation stop on Oil Kings forward T.J Foster in the second period was just one of many quality saves the veteran goaltender was forced to make. But even Brown's heroics were not enough as the Oil Kings scored four power play goals, three of them in the second period.
- Amazingly, the Rockets had a 2-0 lead after the first period despite failing to record their first shot on goal until the 13 minute mark. But Zach Franko, who has finally found his game, scored on a penalty shot before adding a power play goal 36 seconds later. The Oil Kings didn't panic despite being down 2-0 though. Instead, they fired 17 shots at the Rockets net, chasing Brown after the fifth goal. Jordon Cooke, pictured above, surrendered a goal in a relief appearance.
- Franko's three goal effort was the first of his career. Franko joins Brett Bulmer as the two Rockets to enjoy three goal games this season.
- The Rockets are now winless in five games. The Rockets are 0-3-1-1 over that stretch.
- The Rockets played this game without six regulars. Cody Chikie was injected back in the line up after missing Tuesday's game in Seattle with an upper body injury. Even with a full line up, the effort wasn't good enough to compete against an elite team like the Oil Kings.
- How humdrum was the crowd last night at Prospera Place? Did everybody travel to Seattle Tuesday night to watch the Rockets and returned to Kelowna in the early morning hours? Nothing to cheer about will be the likely defense. If the Rockets were looking at getting energy from the home town crowd, they were looking in the wrong direction.
- It marked the fourth time the Rockets have surrendered 6 goals on home ice. Lethbridge, Red Deer and Portland have also scored six goals against the Rockets at Prospera Place this season.
- Shane McColgan was involved in a fight last night with Oil Kings d-man Keegan Lowe. Surprisingly it is McColgan's fourth fighting major of the season. McColgan's dance card includes, Kichton, Pouliot, Lowe and Fioretti.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
No where near good enough
(Photo by Marissa Baecker)