Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Welcome to Spokane

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 6th road game in seven starts when they visit the Chiefs in Spokane. This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 in the first three games, having been out-scored 11-7 in the seasonal series. The Rockets have just seven games left in the regular season, with five of the final seven games on home ice. The Rockets have points in 19 of their last 26 road games (13-7-1-5). Following tonight’s game the Rockets return home to face Victoria on Friday night and Prince George Saturday night. The Rockets are coming off back-to-back wins over Kamloops last weekend.

Seasonal Series in Scoring vs. Chiefs:

Period: 1 2 3 OT SO Total

Rockets: 1 5 1 0 0 7

Chiefs: 5 3 3 0 0 11

*The Rockets have been out-shot in two of the three games with one game tied at 26 shots apiece. Overall the Chiefs have out-shot the Rockets 108-61. Spokane has averaged 36 shots on goal per game in the seasonal series while Kelowna has averaged 20 shots per game. The Rockets are 2 for 14 on the power play in the three games (14.3%) while the Chiefs are 4 for 19 (21.1%).

Who’s Hot: The Rockets have a power play goal in nine of their last twelve road games (14 for 43 or 33%)...Brett Bulmer has ten goals in his last seven games…Bulmer has eight more points (57) than the 49 he collected all of last season…Bulmer led the team with 12 points in February (9+3=12)… Cody Chikie has four goals in his last six games. Chikie has played 195 career games. If healthy, the twenty year-old will hit 200 career games on the second last game of the regular season in Vancouver…Shane McColgan has 2+4=6 in his last six games…Zach Franko has four points (1+3=4) in his last two games…Tyson Baillie has 1+7=8 in his last ten games…Madison Bowey has six points in his last six games (2+4=6).

This and That: When Brett Bulmer scores the Rockets are 13-3-1-3. In other words, the team has lost only three times in regulation when Bulmer lights the lamp…Bulmer has nine (9) multiple goal games this season. Last year he had just three…The Rockets have one more loss than the 28 suffered last season….The Rockets have allowed 23 more goals than the 201 they gave up all of last season…Since the Christmas break the Rockets are 9-5-1-2 in 17 road games….Since the Christmas break the Rockets are 5-8-0-1 in 14 home games…In twelve of the last 19 games, the Rockets have been involved in a one goal game…The Rockets have one (1) road game left after tonight and five (5) on home ice … Last season the Rockets played in six shootout games. This season the Rockets have been involved in a league high thirteen games that required a shootout. The Rockets are 7 and 6 in those thirteen shootout situations… The Rockets have three 20+ goal scorers this season. Colton Sissons (26) and Brett Bulmer (32) are joined by Carter Rigby (20). 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+3=5 in nineteen games with the Rockets since being acquired from Moose Jaw….Defenceman Myles Bell has 37 points this season. Twenty-five of those points have been recorded on the road…In twelve of their last nineteen wins, the Rockets have given up two or less goals per game…The Rockets are 21-17-2-6 with Brett Bulmer in the line-up….Tyrell Goulbourne leads the team with 16 fighting majors. Mitchell Chapman has eleven….The Rockets are 1-12-1-1 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 34-one goal games this season. The Rockets are 16-9-3-6 in those thirty-four games….Birthdays in March. Zach Franko turns 19 on March 9th. Cole Martin turns 18 on March 15th. …Only Zach Franko has played in all 66 regular season games this season…The Rockets have been shut out three times this season. Calgary (2-0), Kootenay (4-0) and Seattle (2-0) have shut out the Rockets on home ice…Including tonight’s game in Spokane, the Rockets have played 11 of their last 17 games on the road….Last season the Rockets ended the season with seven straight road wins….Last season the Rockets were 5-2-0-0 in their last seven games of the regular season before beating the Prince George Cougars in first straight in the opening round of the playoffs…The Rockets last win in Spokane was January 22/11 in a 5-3 win. Brett Bulmer had a goal and two assists in the win.

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