Saturday, March 3, 2012

That's why he is so valuable

  • It all came down to goaltending last night in Kamloops. Adam Brown was solid with a 43 save performance in the Kelowna Rockets 6-3 road win at the Interior Savings Centre. The Blazers duo of Cole Cheveldave and Cam Lanigan fought the puck, as the best team in the BC Division suffered it's fourth loss in their last five home games. Brown was instrumental in the Rockets 27th win of the season and again proved why this team is so dangerous as the 6th seed in the Western Conference. With Brown at his best and timely goals at the other end of the ice, the Rockets can beat anyone.
  • The first period was one of the best up tempo periods I've witnessed this season. Few whistles, great end-to-end rushes and plenty of scoring chances had the crowd locked in their seats. I thought it would prove costly for the Rockets, yet Brett Bulmer opened the scoring on a seeing-eye-wrist shot that got the visitors rolling. Bulmer now has seven goals in his last five games. Outside of Brown's exploits, Bulmer was the Rockets best skater.
  • It was nice to see Shane McColgan snap a 13 game goal scoring drought. McColgan scored twice and his power play goal in the third period was crucial in the three goal win. That goal seemed to send the message to the Blazers that any comeback attempt wouldn't happen on this night.
  • The penalty killing unit was also a huge story in this game. The Blazers failed to score on seven power play chances with several players, including Mitchell Chapman and Tyrell Goulbourne throwing caution to the wind by blocking shots. The Rockets did a good job of getting into shooting lanes and did a much better job of protecting the front of the net, a place where the Blazers traditionally score the majority of their goals.
  • This game was not without it's flaws. Waaaaaaaaaaaay to many penalties resulted in the Rockets playing almost a period (14 minutes) shorthanded. That does nothing but put you back on your heels. I thought the Rockets were guilty of being soft on pucks and failed to clear the zone. It was like their arms were made out of rubber. I would guess the puck was turned over no less than 15 times in the defensive zone.They got away with it thanks to Brown. On most night's, against skilled teams like Kamloops, this could have been ugly.
  • The win solidified a playoff spot for the Rockets in the Western Conference. It marks the 20th time in the franchise's 21 history that they are post season bound. As the 6th seed, it's either Tri City or Portland in round one.
  • A great atmosphere last night in Kamloops. The crowd was into it and the vibe in the building was solid. It is the best I've seen in years.
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1 comment:

fan said...

regan u mentioned on the broadcast that you didn't see rigby so is he going to play tonite