Thursday, February 23, 2012

Road Rash

A solid crowd last night in Edmonton. The Oil Kings have to be happy with ten thousand fans coming out to watch them on a Wednesday night.

Oil Kings Kristian Pelss is a pretty special player. The 19 year-old has pro type speed. The Oilers, who drafted him in the 7th round, must be pretty happy with the prospect. Kevin Lowe was among the Oilers brass taking in the game.

Shane McColgan impressed me last night and it had nothing to do with his dynamic play in the offensive zone. The 18 year-old was blocking shots and decided to get into another fight. Playing a scrappy game, McColgan might be changing his game to mirror that of former Blazer Darcy Tucker.

If you told me rookie Carter Rigby would be knocking on the door for 20 goals this season I would have second guessed you. The just turned 18 year-old has really filled the void left by the offensive struggles of second year forward Zach Franko. I expected Franko to score 25+ goals this season. Unfortunately that hasn't happened.

Tyrell Goulbourne's 16 fighting majors is now one shy of Edmonton's Mitchell Moroz for the league lead among rookies.

The Kelowna Rockets boarded the bus in Edmonton this morning and headed for Lethbridge. The team made a brief stop in Calgary for a practice and a bite to eat.

It was great to spent a few minutes catching up with Kelowna Rockets alumnus Kris Lazaruk and Dylan Hood. Lazaruk and Hood were practicing with the University of Calgary Dinos before the Rockets took to the ice at the Father David Bauer Arena. Be listening to AM 1150 tomorrow night from Lethbridge as we hear from Lazaruk and Hood during the first and second intermission.

Technical problems were the norm if you listened to last night's broadcast from Edmonton. Three times I lost connection between the broadcast booth and the radio station. Why did that happen? I have no idea, other than an unstable phone line that resulted in the drop outs.

Check back later tonight for a few more pic's from our travels down to Lethbridge.

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