Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close out a three game in three night weekend and will play their 4th game in 5 nights against the Spokane Chiefs. This is the 4th and final meeting of the season between these two teams, with the Chiefs winning in overtime on all three occasions. The scores in the seasonal series have been 5-4, 3-2 and 2-1. The Rockets lost in Spokane (December 2nd) by a 2-1 score. In the big picture, the Rockets are 4-1-2-0 in their last 6 visits to the Spokane Arena. The Rockets are coming off a 5-3 loss last night in Seattle. The loss snapped a three game winning streak. The team has 9 wins in the last 12 games (9-2-1-0) while earning a point in 7 of their last 8 games (6-1-1-0). Following tonight’s game, the Rockets host Prince George Wednesday night. The Rockets have scored 47 goals in their last 8 games (5.9 goals per game).
Lind among franchise leaders: Kole Lind has the 3rd most points by a 17 year-old in Kelowna Rockets franchise history. Lind has 77 points, which is two shy of Brett McLean (79) and 12 shy of matching the 90 points that franchise leader Nick Merkley put up in his 17 year-old season in 2014-2015.
European Influence: Calvin Thurkauf has 57 points this season, the 5th most from a European born player in one season wearing Kelowna Rockets colours. The franchise leader is Tomas Slovak (86 in 2002-2003), followed by Vaclav Varada (85 in 1995-96). The third most points in one season put up by a European born player in one season is Jan Fadrny (77 in 2000-2001). Tomas Oravec (65 in 2000-2001) rounds out the top four.
Better with age: Kole Lind has 28+48=77 so far this season. That is 35 points more than the 41 he put up this season….Devante Stephens has 10+18=28 this season. That is 17 more points than in a disappointing sophomore campaign. Stephens is a career +55. Only Nick Merkley has a better career +/- with a +80 rating.
That’s a fact Jack: The Rockets have played 33rd road this season, with three more stops in Spokane, Everett and Vancouver…The Rockets are trying to win 20+ road games for the 5th straight season. The last time they failed to hit 20 wins was in 2011-2012 when they won 15 games away from Prospera Place…Carsen Twarynski earned his 100th career point Friday with 1+2=3 in a 8-2 victory in Kamloops….Calvin Thurkauf earned his 100th career point Wednesday night with an assist …The Rockets have lost their last 4 overtime games…Brodan Salmond was named the WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Week ending February 12th after back-to-back shutouts against the Vancouver Giants … The 56 shots the Rockets put up against the Vancouver Giants February 10th were a season high….The 15 shots the team surrendered February 22nd against the Edmonton Oil Kings was a season low….Reid Gardiner has 21 points (9+12=21) in 18 games as a member of the Kelowna Rockets.…The Rockets have generated 30 or more shots in 22 of their last 23 games…The Rockets have surrendered 5 or more goals 13 times this season. The teams’ record, not surprisingly, is 0-11-2-0.
Hot as a pistol: Calvin Thurkauf has points in 17 of his last 20 games. Thurkauf has 13+13=26 over that stretch. Kole Lind has points in 12 of his last 16 with 8+16=24 over that period. Nick Merkley has points in 11 of his last 14 games with 10+13=23 over that span. Cal Foote has points in 10 of his last 15 games with 1+10=11. Reid Gardiner has points in 12 of his last 13 games with 7+9=16 over that stretch.
Broadcasters Bits: Kole Lind was the WHL Player of the Week ending February 9th. Lind had 3+5=8 in three games to earn the honour…In the Rockets last 12 losses (regulation or overtime loss) the opposition has opened the scoring…The Rockets are 12-6-2-0 since the trade deadline….The Rockets have scored 12 shorthanded goals this season, two more than all of last season … …Calvin Thurkauf was named the WHL Player of the Week December 7th to 11th …The Rockets were 8-3-2-0 in December...The Rockets were 6-4-0-0 in 10 games in November after going 8-4-0-0 in 12 games in October…The Rockets are the only team in the WHL that has failed to surrender a shorthanded goal against this season…The Rockets are 15-12-0-0 against BC based teams this season…Michael Herringer has started in 40 of the last 52 games…The Rockets are 9-3-3-0 against U.S Division teams this season.
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150