|Marek Tvrdon has 7 points in last 7 games|
Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets have won five of their last six games heading into their third straight meeting with the Prince George Cougars. The two teams split a weekend series in Prince George with the Rockets winning Friday night 4-2 before the Cougars responded with a 2-1 victory a night later. The Rockets are 6-1-0-0 in the seasonal series but four of the seven games have been decided by a single goal. The Rockets are playing four games in five nights. Following tonight’s game the Rockets are in Tri City tomorrow before welcoming Vancouver on Friday. The Rockets are in Vancouver Saturday night.
Race to 100: For the first time in franchise history the team earned 100 points in back to back seasons. Last season the team had 108 points. This season they have 100. The last time the franchise came close was in 2002-2003 when the team accumulated 109 points but then fell shy with 98 points in 2003-2004. Only four times have the Rockets earned 100 points or more.
Racing for a Record: The Kelowna Rockets are trying to reach a franchise record for the most wins in a season. The current mark is held by last year’s team which won 52 times. This year’s club has 48 victories. Here are the top records:
2012-2013: 52 wins
2002-2003: 51 wins
2013-2014: 48 wins
2008-2009: 47 wins
2003-2004: 47 wins
2005-2006: 46 wins
2004-2005: 45 wins
The facts on 1st place: The Rockets lead the Portland Winterhawks by three points for first place in the WHL standings. The Rockets have 11 games left while the Winterhawks have nine. Portland plays five of its final 9 games on home ice. Of those nine games, four are against arch rival Seattle. Seven of the Rockets last 11 games are against teams in the BC Division.
Who’s Hot: Nick Merkley has points in six of his last seven games. The 16 year-old has 4+4=8 over that period. Marek Tvrdon has 7 points in his last seven games (2+5=7). Damon Severson has points in ten of his last twelve games and had his nine game point streak snapped Saturday night in Prince George. Myles Bell has 18 goals in his last 23 games….The Rockets are 43-5-0-4 in their last 52 home games dating back to last season.
This and That: The WHL record for road wins is 29. The Rockets have 25 road victories, a franchise record. The previous mark was 24 road wins in 2003-2004…Myles Bell is trying to become the first player since Geordie Wudrick to score 40 or more goals in a season. Wudrick had 43 in 2010-2011….The Rockets have four more wins on the road than the 21 they had all of last season…Of Myles Bell’s 39 goals this season, 21 have been scored on the road with 18 coming on home ice…The Rockets are 7-5-0-0 in their last 12 road games…The Rockets are 5-1-0-2 in their last eight home games…The Rockets are 15-4-0-2 since the WHL trade deadline.…The Rockets have been involved in 10-one goal games on home ice this season…Cole Martin is +99 over the last two seasons…The Rockets have 11 games left in the regular season. Six are on home ice with five on the road…The Rockets have scored six or more goals nine times on home ice this season… The Rockets are 14-4-0-0 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 a 8th consecutive week….After losing two of his first three games, Jackson Whistle has won fourteen of his last fifteen games….The Rockets have played in eight shootout games this season and are 4 and 4. Three of the four shootout wins have come on the road in Victoria, Prince George and Seattle…Jordon Cooke is 41-6-0-3 at home in last 50 starts at home dating back to last season…The Rockets have scored 4 or more goals in 23 of their 32 road games this season…In 7 of the Rockets 9 regulation losses this season, leading scorer Myles Bell has failed to score.
Damon Severson played in his 250th career game Saturday night.
Tyrell Goulbourne played in his 200th career game last Wednesday.
Cole Martin is playing in career game 200 tonight.