Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rockets game notes vs. Americans

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Tri City Americans tonight in the third meeting of the season. These two teams met twice earlier this month, in Kennewick, with the Rockets losing by identical 3-2 scored. The Rockets fired 87 shots at Eric Comrie over the two games. The seasonal series comes to a close January 11th when the Americans make a return visit. The Rockets enter tonight’s game riding an eight game home ice winning streak having out-scored the opposition 40-8. Overall, the Rockets have three regulation losses in their last fifteen games (11-3-0-1) with setbacks to Tri City (3-2) twice by the same score and a 5-3 loss in Edmonton October 27th. The Rockets have won eight of their last ten games overall. The Rockets host Moose Jaw Friday night before traveling to Seattle on Saturday.     

This and That: The Rockets were 11-13-1-0 after 25 games last season. These season the team has 4 more wins and five fewer losses…The Rockets have led going into the third period in 14 of their last 17 games with one game being tied heading into the final frame.…The Rockets have fired 255 (42.8 shots per game) shots towards the opposition net in the last six games….The Rockets have allowed five power play goals against in their last ten games (32 for 40) and are top 5 in the league in penalty killing efficiency…..The Rockets have five power play goal in their last eleven games (5 for 33 over that span)….The Rockets have fifteen wins in 25 games this season….Colton Sissons participated in the Subway Super Series in Vancouver. Team Canada will announce its training camp roster December 1st…In the Rockets 15 wins, Myles Bell has earned 29 points (11+18=29). Of the 77 goals scored by the team in those fifteen wins, Bell has been in on 29 of them….Bell has 15+22=37 after 25 games this season…The Rockets have scored 79 goals in their last seventeen games (4.6 per game)…..Jordon Cooke was named the CHL/Vaughn Goaltender of the Week for October 22-28th. Cooke had two wins last week which included a shutout and a save percentage of .967…Ryan Olsen played in his 150th career WHL game Nov 3rd against visiting Prince George…Ryan Huska recorded his 200th WHL regular season victory Saturday night against the visiting Saskatoon Blades…The Rockets are 9 and 2 after 11 home games this season…Madison Bowey (10), Mitch Wheaton (22) are rated among the top skaters in the WHL by NHL Central Scouting for June’s draft. Jackson Whistle is ranked 7th among WHL goalies…Austin Glover (Team Western), Rourke Chartier (Team Western) and Riley Stadel (Team Pacific) will all play at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in late December in Quebec. The Rockets have out-scored the opposition 53-17 on home ice this season…The Rockets won 8 straight games at home during the 2007-2008 season….The Rockets are one of three teams in the WHL with over 100 goals scored this season (103). Last season the team scored 217 times…The Rockets have not allowed more than 3 goals against in their last ten games…Myles Bell is two goals shy of 50 for his career and 6 assists shy of 100…Bell is four points shy of the 41 he recorded last season. Bell had a career high 45 points (14+31=45) with Regina in 2010-2011. He was just 17.  

Who’s Hot: Myles Bell has 14 points in November (6+8=14). Bell has 13 points in his last six games. Colton Sissons is riding a five game point streak (1+5=6). Ryan Olsen has a six game point streak (6+1=7). Zach Franko has 2+5=7 in last four games. Tyson Baillie has 2+4=6 in last 7 games. 

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