Saturday, January 4, 2014

Giants end Rockets ridiculous run

  • Jackson Houck said his three goals didn't matter. What mattered most to the Vancouver Giants forward was that his team upend the Kelowna Rockets 4-2 last night, ending the visitors 16 game winning streak. Houck was instrumental in the win, handing the Rockets their first loss on the road since a disappointing 6-3 setback in Spokane in late October. 
  • This game looked like one team was well rested while the other finally landed in their hotel bed at 4:30 in the morning after beating the Portland Winterhawks the night before. The Rockets looked sluggish. The passing was off. The mental mistakes in their own zone where clearly evident and the decision making when attempting to get pucks towards the goal was off. Conversely, the Giants were on. They were always first to pucks, won the majority of the small battles and played with more desperation. The better team won, and on this night the Giants clearly were.
  • The 16 game winning streak was a lot of fun. Every night going into an opponents building and finding a way to win was an amazing thing to be apart of. I will never forget it as the team set a new franchise record for consecutive wins and came two wins shy of tying the league record. What the 2013-2014 edition of the Rockets accomplished will go down as one of my hockey highlites as a broadcaster, and with this team, there are many. 
  • The Rockets were playing their 4th game in seven nights. Tonight's rematch against the Giants at Prospera Place is the teams 5th game in eight nights.    

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