Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close the month of January with the first of a home and home series with the Kamloops Blazers. The Rockets are 5-0-0-0 against the Blazers in the seasonal series and are coming a 7-1 win in the last meeting on December 27th. In the Rockets last visit to the Interior Savings Centre (November 30th) Jackson Whistle made 35 saves in a 3-2 shootout win. Following tonight’s game the two teams meet tomorrow night at Prospera Place. The Rockets enter tonight’s game having won 24 of their last 29 games overall and 33 of their last 39 games. Seven of the Rockets next nine games are on home ice.
Bell closing in on 30: Leading scorer Myles Bell is one goal shy of scoring 30 goals for a second straight season. Bell would become just the 7th player to accomplish that feat in franchise history. The last Rockets player to score 30 or more goals in back-to-back seasons was Jamie Benn. Also on that list, Colin Long, Justin Keller, Cam Paddock, Brett McLean and Jason Deleurme are part of the 30/30 club.
Who’s Hot: Rourke Chartier has 6+7=13 in his last ten games…Damon Severson has 2+8=10 in his last ten games…Myles Bell has 8 goals in his last twelve games and has seven – two goal games this season…Madison Bowey has 2+5=7 in his last nine games…The Rockets are 38-4-0-3 in their last 45 home games dating back to last season.
This and That: The Rockets are playing their 18th game in 34 days…..In February the team will play 13 games in 28 days….Marek Tvrdon turns 21 today….Cole Martin is +92 over the last two seasons…Rourke Chartier has points in seven of his last ten games…Riley Stadel had 7 goals in his first nine games. The 17 year-old has three goals in his last 33 games….Myles Bell has 10 goals in January. Ryan Olsen has 7 goals in January. Rourke Chartier has 6 goals…The Rockets have allowed 86 fewer goals than the Blazers this season…The Rockets have 22 games left in the regular season. Thirteen are on home ice with 9 on the road…The Rockets open their longest home stand of the season tomorrow night when they play five consecutive games on home ice…The Rockets have scored six or more goals seven times on home ice this season… The Rockets are 13-2-0-0 in the second game when facing back-to-back scenarios this season….The team has been rated as the best team in the CHL according to the Top 10 junior rankings for five consecutive weeks….Six alumni of the Rockets’ will play for their respective countries at the Sochi Olympics. Jamie Benn, Shea Weber and Duncan Keith will wear colours for Canada. Alex Edler (Sweden), Lauris Darzins ( Latvia) and Thomas Raffl (Austria) will also compete…After losing two of his first three games, Jackson Whistle has won ten of his last eleven games….The Rockets have played in six shootout games this season and are 4 and 3. Three of the four shootout wins have come on the road in Victoria, Prince George and Seattle…Jordon Cooke is 38-5-0-2 at home in last 45 starts at home dating back to last season…The Rockets have scored 4 or more goals in 21 of their 28 road games this season.
Myles Bell recorded his 100th career goal and 250th career point January 25th vs. Lethbridge.
Ryan Huska, according to HockeyDB, has 283 WHL regular season victories.
Carter Rigby is playing in his 147th WHL game tonight – 3 shy of 150.
Ryan Olsen played in his 250th career game January 24th vs. Medicine Hat.
Madison Bowey has 96 career points.
Rockets Three Star Leaders:
1st Star 2nd Star 3rd Star Total
Madison Bowey: 7 3 0 10
Jordon Cooke: 6 0 4 10
Tyson Baillie: 4 2 3 9
Nick Merkley: 1 4 3 8
Jackson Whistle: 1 5 2 8
Myles Bell: 4 3 1 8