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Tonight’s Preview: Welcome to the final week of the 2016-2017 regular season. The Kelowna Rockets play their second to last regular season home game tonight against the visiting Everett Silvertips. This is the 4th and final meeting of the season between the two teams. The Rockets are 2-1-0-0 in the three games with all three being decided by a single goal. Two of the three games have needed more than regulation time, with the Rockets winning 4-3 in overtime on October 19th and winning in a shootout on March 3rd with a 3-2 victory. The Rockets are 5-0-2-0 in their last 7 regular season games at Prospera Place against the Tips and 9-3-3-0 in the last 15 meetings between the two teams. Reid Gardiner and Lucas Johansen each have 2 goals against the Tips in the three games. The Rockets are coming off a 4-3 overtime win against the Victoria Royals Saturday night. Dillon Dube scored the game winner and collected four points (2+2=4) in the teams 7th straight victory. The team has 16 wins in the last 19 games (16-2-1-0) while earning a point in 14 of their last 15 games (13-1-1-0). Following tonight’s game the Rockets close out the regular season this weekend with a home and home series with the Vancouver Giants. Overall, the Rockets have won 7 straight and have scored 73 goals in their last 15 games.
Too Hot to Handle: Kyle Topping has an 8 game point streak (3+5=8). Cal Foote has a four game point streak (1+6=7). Calvin Thurkauf has points in 6 of his last 7 games (3+8=11). Dillon Dube has a four game point streak (6+5=11).
Milestones: Rodney Southam’s next point will be the 100th of his WHL career….Reid Gardiner played in his 285th career game last Tuesday…Devante Stephens played in his 200th game Saturday night. …Gordie Ballhorn played in his 100th game Saturday vs. Victoria.
Streak’n: Reid Gardiner enters tonight’s game riding a 15 game point streak. Gardiner has 10+12=22 over that stretch. Kole Lind had a 13 game point streak earlier this season. The 21 year-old Gardiner also has goals in 7 of his last 9 games. Rodney Southam has points in 9 of his last 12 games with 7+8=15 over that stretch. Dillon Dube has points in 10 of his last 11 games (11+13=24). Dube also has goals in 8 of his last 10 games. Overall, Dube has11 goals in his last 10 games…Carsen Twarynski has 6 goals in his last 10 games.
That’s a fact Jack: This 7 game winning streak is the longest since the team won 10 straight games in 2014-2015….Lucas Johansen plays in his 200th career game tonight…The last time the Rockets came into the playoffs this hot was in 2012-2013 when the team was riding a 6 game winning streak…. …Michael Herringer was named the WHL Goalie of the Week March 6th by posting a record of 3-0-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.10…Lucas Johansen signed an entry level deal with the Washington Capitals last Thursday. Johansen was a 1st round pick of the Caps this summer…The Rockets have 91 points this season, with 6 available points over the final 3 regular season games. The most points the team can earn this season is 97, which puts them three shy of the 100 point barrier the team has reached in each of the last four seasons…The Rockets have played 35 road games this season, with one more stop in Vancouver…The Rockets have now won 20 or more road games in five consecutive seasons. The last time they failed to hit 20 wins was in 2011-2012 when they won 15 games away from Prospera Place…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…The Rockets have generated 30 or more shots in 27 of their last 30 games…The Rockets have surrendered 5 or more goals 13 times this season. The teams’ record, not surprisingly, is 1-11-2-0.
Broadcasters Bits: The Rockets were 15 points out of first place in the BC Division at one point. Now they are just two points off the pace with a game in hand on Prince George….The Rockets are 62-1-4-0 when leading after 40 minutes in the last two seasons….The Kelowna Rockets lost 10 of their first 21 regular season games. Since then, the team has 11 losses in the last 48 games… In the Rockets last 12 losses (regulation or overtime loss) the opposition has opened the scoring…The Rockets are 18-6-2-0 since the trade deadline The Rockets compiled a record of 10-2-1-0 in 13 games in 26 days in February…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 19-12-0-0 against BC based teams this season …The Rockets are 11-3-3-0 against U.S Division teams this season.
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150