Saturday, March 7, 2015

Goals galore for Goulbourne

  • Tyrell Goulbourne was due. The 21 year-old was overdue when it came to finding the back of the net. The Edmonton, Alberta product snapped a 17 game goalless drought last night with three goals and an assist in the Kelowna Rockets 5-2 win in Vancouver. Up until last night, Goulbourne hadn't scored since January 24th when he scored twice and added three assists for a five point night in a win over the visiting Everett Silvertips. It was a great week for Goulbourne, who signed an NHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
  • Goulbourne now has four-hat tricks in his WHL career. The well liked overager had a career four goal game in 2011-2012 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Goulbourne now has 20 goals this season which is a new career high. His personal best was 17 scored last season. 
  • It was a rare game where the Rockets found themselves in a scoreless tie after 40 minutes before erupting with five-third period goals. The game changing call came four minutes into the third period when Giants forward Zane Jones was accessed a five minute major and game misconduct for hitting Rockets d-man Devante Stephens along the boards in the neutral zone. While surrendering a shorthanded goal, which tied the game at one, power play goals by Draisaitl and Riley Stadel essentially put the game on ice as the visitors enjoyed a 3-1 lead.     
  • Rourke Chartier was expected to return to the line up after missing three straight games with an upper body injury. The 18 year-old took the pre-game skate and felt like he wasn't ready to go, so was a late game scratch. 
  • Leon Draisaitl scored for the seventh consecutive game. Rourke Chartier had a ten game goal scoring streak earlier this season. The longest Rockets point streak this season is held by Nick Merkley, who had a 12 gamer earlier this season. Josh Morrissey had an 11 game point streak.
  • Michael Herringer was back in goal and made 25 saves in the win. The 19 year-old, who appears to have earned the back up role to starter Jackson Whistle, has started in five of the teams last seven games. 
  • The win was the Rockets 49th of the season, one shy of a third consecutive 50 win season. Only two WHL teams have won 50 or more games in three consecutive seasons. The Kamloops Blazers (1988-1991) and the Edmonton Oil Kings (2011-2014) have turned the trick. The Rockets will attempt to reach the milestone tonight against visiting Spokane.

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