Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 54th game of the season tonight when they face the Seattle Thunderbirds. This is the third of four meetings between these two teams. The road team has won the first two games, with the T-Birds recording a 2-1 shootout win (Jan 27th) before the Rockets earned a 4-3 victory (Jan 29). These two teams close out the seasonal series February 14th in Kent. The Rockets open a portion of their schedule tonight playing five of their next seven games on home ice. The team has points in 14 of their last 19 road games (11-5-1-2). Overall, the Rockets are 10-4-0-1 in their last 15 games and have won a season high five straight road games. The Rockets have just two regulation wins at home in their last 11 games (2-6-0-1 and two shootout wins).
Who’s Hot: Cody Chikie has 3+2=5 in his last seven games…Colton Sissons has goals in five of his last ten games…Carter Rigby has nine points (4+5=9) in his last thirteen games…Shane McColgan has 3+4=7 in his last five games…Adam Brown has started in goal in thirty-seven of the first fifty-three 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 Friday night. Lyon has already been suspended twice for a similar hit. The 21 year-old has served one game of the six game suspension….In five of their last six games the Rockets have been involved in a one goal game…The Rockets have 9 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 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 17-11-1-4 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 27-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 14-7-2-4 in those twenty-seven games….The Rockets are playing their 1494th 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 52 regular season games this season.