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Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets enter the final weekend of the regular season with a road date against the Vancouver Giants. The Rockets are 6-0-0-0 in the seasonal series, having won in Vancouver by scores of 5-3, 4-0 and 5-2. Overall in the six games the Rockets have out-scored the G-Men 30-12. These two teams close out the regular season tomorrow night at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The Rockets are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss Wednesday night to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Rourke Chartier and Dillon Dube scored in the setback, the fifth time the team has lost in overtime this season. Jackson Whistle made 21 saves and received third star status. The Rockets were 1/5 on the power play while killing off five of six penalties. The Rockets are 23-8-2-1 since the Christmas break. Overall, the Rockets have points in 20 of their last 25 games (17-5-2-1). The Rockets have three wins in their last eight games (3-3-2-0).
50 Goal Scorers: Rourke Chartier is attempting to join an allusive group. Only seven Tacoma/Kelowna players have hit the 50 goal mark. Four of those seven have hit the benchmark as a member of the Kelowna Rockets. Here are the sharp shooters:
1992-1993: Allan Egeland 56 goals 1995-1996: Robb Gordon 51 goals 2005-2006: Justin Keller: 51 goals
1993-1994: John Varga 60 goals 1997-1998: Jason Deleurme 51 goals
1994-1995: *Vaclav Varada 50 goals 2002-2003: Jesse Schultz 53 goals
Most points in a season: The Rockets have 108 points this season. How does that rate among the highest point totals in club history?
2013-2014: 118 2014:2015: 108
2002-2003: 109 2004-2005: 106
Sharp Shooters vs. Giants: Nick Merkley has 2+9=11 in the six games against the Giants in the seasonal series. Rourke Chartier has 5+5=10 in five games. Tyrell Goulbourne has a team high six goals and nine points in only five games. Leon Draisaitl has 3+2=5 in only three games against the G-Men. Michael Herringer has played in four of the six games, posting a record of 4-0-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.25 and a save percentage of .952. Jackson Whistle is 2-0-0-0 with a goals against average of 3.50. Giants forward Jackson Houck has 2+4=6 in six games. Payton Lee has played in four of the six games with a 0-4-0-0 record and a goals against average of 5.10.
This and That: Dillon Dube’s goal Wednesday night was his first in eight games…Madison Bowey is two points shy of his career high 60 points accumulated last season….Bowey has a career high 42 assists this season…Rourke Chartier has 24 more goals than he scored all of last season…Kole Lind, Jordan Borstmayer and Brayden Chizen have joined the team for the remainder of the season. Lind and Borstmayer played for the Saskatoon Midget Contacts. Borstmayer is a third round pick from 2013 while Lind was the second to last player taken in the fourth round that year. Chizen was a 9th round bantam pick that year…The Rockets are 4 goals shy of 300 this season. The team has scored 300 or more goals only five times in its 20 seasons in Kelowna. The team has scored 300 or more goals in two consecutive seasons…Nick Merkley is the fastest Rockets player to reach 100 career assists. Merkley hit the milestone in 133 career games. The record was held by Shane McColgan, who had 100 career assists in 150 career games…The Rockets have been held to just one goal seven times this season. Kamloops (road), Seattle (road), Edmonton (road), Calgary (twice – once on road and once at home), Regina (home) and Prince Albert (home) have turned the trick against the highest scoring team in the Western Conference...The Kelowna Rockets have scored the second most goals on the road (143) in the WHL this season…Justin Kirkland has missed thirteen straight games with a LBI…Josh Morrissey is missing his eighth straight game tonight with a LBI.
Dare to Compare: The Rockets have a record of 51-13-5-1 this season, good for 108 points. After 70 games last season the team was 55-11-0-4, which was good for 114 points. The team has scored 296 goals this season. At the same time last year after 70 games, 299 goals were scored and 174 goals were given up. This season the team has surrendered 178 goals against.
Hot to Trot: Nick Merkley has points in five of his last six games. The 17 year-old has 3+5=8 over that stretch….Madison Bowey has points in eight of his last ten games. Bowey has 2+7=9 over that stretch….Leon Draisaitl had his thirteen game point streak snapped last Saturday. The 19 year-old had 9+16=25 over that period. Draisaitl has twenty-nine points (9+20=29) in his last eighteen games.
Three Star Balloting:
Player: 1st Star 2nd Star 3rd Star Total
Rourke Chartier: 6 7 2 15
Jackson Whistle: 7 5 3 15
Nick Merkley: 5 3 6 14
Tyson Baillie: 4 6 3 13
Leon Draisaitl: 7 2 2 11
Madison Bowey: 3 3 3 9