Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 52nd game of the season tonight when they face the Prince George Cougars. This is the second game of three straight on the road. The Rockets were a 4-3 winner in Seattle last Sunday. The two teams meet tomorrow before the Rockets return home to face Seattle on Wednesday. The Rockets and Cougars are meeting for the 6th of 8 times this season. The Rockets are 4-1-0-0, having out-scored their BC Division rivals 18-11. The seasonal series concludes March 10th in Kelowna. The Rockets have points in 12 of their last 17 road games (9-5-1-2). Overall, the Rockets are 8-4-0-1 in their last 13 games and have won a season high three straight road games.
Shane MColgan: 3+10=13
Brett Bulmer: 6+5=11
Colton Sissons: 5+5=10
Myles Bell: 4+5=9 +1
Carter Rigby: 3+5=8
Who’s Hot: Cody Chikie has 2+2=4 in his last five games…Colton Sissons has goals in five of his last eight games…Carter Rigby has eight points (3+5=8) in his last eleven games…Brett Bulmer has thirty-seven points in thirty-four games this season (20+17=37). Bulmer has just two goals in his last ten games…Shane McColgan has eighteen points (5+13=18) in his last twenty-two games, yet has just two goals in his last eleven…Adam Brown has started in goal in thirty-five of the first fifty-one games. Who’s Cold: Carter Rigby has one goal in his last ten games… Zach Franko has one goal in his last 21 games. Yet in saying that, Franko has seven shootout goals this season in nine attempts. No player in the WHL has scored more shootout goals than Franko this season. Geordie Wudrick had five shootout goals last season and didn’t miss in any of the five games he participated in.
This and That: The Rockets have 11 road games left and ten 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 are 8-4-0-1 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 ten games with the Rockets…Defenceman Myles Bell has 25 points this season. Sixteen 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 ten of their last thirteen wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 17-11-1-4 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne leads the team with 13 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 26-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 13-7-1-5 in those twenty-six games….The Rockets are playing their 1492nd 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 Jan 11th and Tyrell Goulbourne turned 18 on Jan 26 …With 20 games left in the regular season, 12 will be played on the road…Only Zach Franko and Colton Sissons have played in all 51 regular season games this season.