Friday, October 5, 2012

Back on the road in Prince George

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play their 4th road game of the season tonight with a stop in Prince George to face the Cougars. These two teams are meeting for the first of eight times this season. The two teams hook up again tomorrow night at CN Centre before the Rockets welcome the Cougars to Prospera Place on October 18th. The Rockets make two trips to Prince George this season, with another two game set on January 4th and 5th. The Rockets are coming off a 7-0 win over the visiting Vancouver Giants Wednesday night. Colton Sissons scored twice and added two assists in the lopsided win. Jordon Cooke earned his first career shutout with a 28 save performance. The Rockets had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes before exploding for five goals in the third period. It marked the first time since 2002 that the Rockets shutout a team 7-0. During the 2002-2003 campaign, Kelly Guard made 15 saves in a 7-0 win over the tri City Americans. Following back-to-back games in Prince George this weekend, the Rockets return home Wednesday to face Spokane before traveling to Victoria for two games October 12th and 13th.                

This and That: The Rockets are playing their 4th road game of the season, which matches Red Deer and Regina as the three teams in the WHL to play four road games in the young season…Shutting out an opponent early in the season is nothing new for the Rockets. In their fourth game of the 2009-2010 campaign, Adam Brown made 23 saves in a 5-0 win over Kamloops. The Rockets 7-0 win over Vancouver Wednesday night came in their 5th game of the season….The Rockets were a perfect 4-0-0-0 in four games in Prince George last season. The Rockets out-scored the Cougars 13-6 in the four games at CN Centre. At Prospera Place, the Rockets were 2-2-0-0….Four of the Rockets first five games have been decided by a single goal….The Rockets were involved in a whopping 37-one goal games last season…The Rockets have surrendered 13 goals in the first five games this season. Of those 13, six have been scored even strength while seven have been scored while shorthanded…The Rockets were 3-2-0-0 after five games last season and 3-3-0-0 after six games one year ago…After winning their first three games last season, the Rockets were winless in six straight…The Rockets were 2-2-0-2 in six pre-season games, scoring 20 goals and surrendering 18 goals…Tyson Baillie led the team in pre-season scoring for a second straight season.

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Myles Bell has 21-multiple point games in his WHL career. The 19 year-old has 3+2=5 in his last two games playing on a forward line with Colton Sissons and Dylen McKinley, Bell is 11th in league scoring with 4+3=7.

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