Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets open their longest home stand of the season tonight when they host the Kamloops Blazers. The Rockets welcome Prince George (Saturday), Edmonton (Next Wednesday) and Red Deer (Next Friday). This is the third meeting of the season between the Rockets and Blazers. Back on October 21st and 22nd the Blazers won back-to-back games with a 6-5 OT win followed by a 3-2 victory one night later in Kelowna. Following tonight’s game, we won’t see the Blazers until December 27th when they make a return visit to Prospera Place. The Rockets are coming off a successful Central Division road trip, earning five of a possible eight points in a stretch of four games in five nights. The Rockets earned wins over Calgary, Red Deer and a shootout loss in Medicine Hat. The only out-right loss came in a 5-3 setback in Edmonton Saturday night. The Rockets are 5-2-0-1 in their last eight games.
October’s Top Players: Myles Bell led all skaters with 18 points in October. Bell had 6+12=18. Colton Sissons had 9+7=16 while Dylan McKinlay collected 5+9=14 in those 12 games. The Bell-Sissons-McKinlay line combined for 48 points in October, which included 20 goals. Zach Franko had 7+6=13 in October and has six goals in his last eight games.
Reflecting on October: The Rockets were 7-4-0-1 in 12 games in the month of October….Zach Franko has failed to take a penalty this season. In fact, Franko has taken just one minor penalty in his last 28 regular season games…In the Rockets four losses in October, they allowed three or more goals. In seven of the teams wins in October, they allowed two or fewer goals…The Rockets out-scored the opposition 47-34 in twelve games in October.
This and That: The Rockets play 11 games in November, with eight of them on home ice. The three road games are in Tri City (Nov 16-17) and Everett…In the big picture, ten of the teams next 14 games are on home ice….Colton Sissons has been named to the roster for the Subway Super Series this month in Vancouver…The 58 shots directed towards the Medicine Hat Tigers net October 24th was shy of the 66 shots the Rockets fired on net in Kamloops during the 2004-2005 campaign…..In the Rockets 8 wins this season, Myles Bell has earned 17 points (6+11=17). Of the 36 goals scored by the team in those eight wins, Bell has been in on 17 of them….Bell has 9+14=23 after 16 games this season…Tyrell Goulbourne, J.T Barnett and rookie Austin Glover are the only three skaters that have failed to find the score sheet this season…The Rockets have scored 37 goals in their last ten games. Colton Sissons and Zach Franko(6), Bell and McKinlay (5), Chartier (3), Severson and Baillie (2) and Olsen, Lees, Heffley, Bowie and Nyberg (1 each) also scored…The Rockets acquired forward Cody Fowlie off waivers October 22nd. Fowlie played last season with the Everett Silvertips, racking up 40 points….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 will play in his 150th career WHL game Saturday night against visiting Prince George…Ryan Huska has 194 WHL regular season victories behind the Rockets bench…The Rockets were 4-9-1-0 in 14 games in October last season.
Three Stars 1st 2nd 3rd
Jordon Cooke: 3 2 1
Colton Sissons: 2 1
Madison Bowey: 1
Zach Franko: 2 2 1
Myles Bell: 1 2 1
Rourke Chartier: 1
Dylen McKinlay 1 1
Damon Severson 2
Filip Vasko 1
Jesse Lees 1
Man Games Lost to Injury = 38 games
J.T Barnett: 15 games lost
Mitchell Chapman: 16 games lost
Carter Rigby: 4 games lost
Zach Franko: 2 games lost
MacKenzie Johnston: 1 game lost