Sunday, November 17, 2013

Huska not happy in one goal win

  • Ryan Huska was clearly happy with the result but not the process in his teams 8th straight win. The Kelowna Rockets head coach said his team was "flat" and lacked "jump" in a 4-3 win Saturday night over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Rockets looked like a team that hadn't played in a week and fell behind 1-0 after 20 minutes. While eventually building up a 4-1 third period lead, the team just wasn't sharp in letting the Tigers back into the game with a shorthanded goal followed by an breakaway goal less than a minute later. It wasn't a game of beauty but it allowed the Rockets to end a four game home stand with a flawless record heading into two road games next week in Seattle and Tri City. 
  • While the Rockets and Tigers combined for 24 shots in the first period., I thought it was an ugly period by both teams. The Rockets looked rusty and the Tigers had to be feeling fatigue in their final game of a four game BC Division road trip. Coach Huska said their was no flow in the game against two teams with a combined 29 wins.
  • Jordon Cooke's best save came in the second period when the game was tied at one. Cooke made a nice glove hand save against Tigers designated tough guy Jacob Doty to keep the game knotted at one. 
  • With the Rockets up 4-1, they gave up a shorthanded goal which allows the Tigers to get back into the sloppy affair. Then with that power play over, Tigers d-man Ty Stanton came out of the penalty box and found the puck on his stick and scored on a breakaway. In a matter of less than a minute the score went from 4-1 to 4-3. 
  • It was nice to see Myles Bell with his first three point game of the season.     
  • Madison Bowey had two goals and had a tremendous hit on Tigers forward Curtis Valk in the first period. Mitch Wheaton also had two big hits as the Rockets d-core ramped up their physical play.
  • It was nice to see Tyrell Goulbourne get back into the saddle with a convincing tilt with Tigers forward Chad Labelle. It was all Goulbourne, who threw close to ten punches before eventually cutting Labelle on the side of his face.  
  • The Rockets are now 15-2-0-2 after 19 games. The home record is now 9-1-0-2.

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