Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game three of a five game home stand tonight when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings. These two teams have met twice this season. The Rockets were a 2-0 winner on home ice back on November 9th before falling 4-2 on January 8th in Edmonton. Jordon Cooke picked up the shutout in the first game before Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry was the story in the January contest making 43 saves. This is the start of four games against what would be considered legitimate teams challenging for an Ed Chynoweth Cup. The Rockets enter tonight’s game having won 27 of their last 32 games overall and 36 of their last 42 games. The Rockets host Victoria tomorrow night before welcoming Seattle Monday afternoon (2 pm). The team is back on the road Wednesday in Spokane to face the Chiefs.
Dare to Compare: The Rockets have scored 14 more goals then the Oil Kings, who have allowed five fewer against. Edmonton has played one fewer game. The Rockets have 13 players with 20 or more points. The Oil Kings have 12. The Rockets have 10 players with 10 or more goals. The Oil Kings have 8. Edmonton has six players with 15 or more goals. The Rockets have five.
Giddy Up Go: The Rockets are opening a stretch playing five games in eight nights. Of those five games, four are on home ice against Edmonton, Victoria, Seattle and Prince George.
Who’s Hot: The power play is 7 for 17 (41.2%) in its last four games…Rourke Chartier has 7+9=16 in his last 13 games…Myles Bell has 14 goals in his last fifteen games..Madison Bowey has 2+7=9 in his last twelve games…The Rockets are 40-4-0-3 in their last 47 home games dating back to last season.
This and That: The Rockets are 10-2-0-1 since the WHL trade deadline. The Oil Kings are an impressive 11-1-0-0 since January 10th….The Rockets have surrendered an average of 34 shots on net in their last three home games…The Rockets have been involved in 9-one goal games on home ice this season…Myles Bell is the WHL Player of the Week. Bell had 6+3=9 in three games last week. Bell was also named POW from December 30th to January 5th….Rourke Chartier has been named a game star in five of the last 12 games….Mitch Wheaton turned 19 yesterday…Cole Martin is +97 over the last two seasons…Myles Bell had 11 goals in January. Ryan Olsen had 7 goals in January. Rourke Chartier has 6 goals…The Rockets have 19 games left in the regular season. Eleven are on home ice with 8 on the road…The Rockets are in their longest home stand of the season which consists of five consecutive games….The Rockets have scored six or more goals eight times on home ice this season… The Rockets are 14-2-0-0 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 6 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 twelve of his last thirteen 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 39-5-0-2 at home in last 46 starts at home dating back to last season…The Rockets have scored 4 or more goals in 22 of their 29 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 286 WHL regular season victories.
Carter Rigby is playing in his 149th WHL game tonight – 2 shy of 150.
Madison Bowey has 98 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
Myles Bell: 5 3 1 9
Tyson Baillie: 4 2 3 9
Jackson Whistle: 2 5 2 9
Nick Merkley: 1 4 3 8