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Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game three of a four game home stand against the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. This is the 4th and final meeting of the season between these two teams. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 after a 6-4 loss (Jan 5th), a 6-2 win (Jan 12th) and a 7-2 loss (Jan19th). These two teams are 7-7-1-0 in their last 15 meetings against one another. Leif Mattson has 3+2=5 against the T-Birds this season while Cal Foote has 0+4=4. The Rockets are coming off a 6-5 win against the Prince George Cougars Tuesday night. Dillon Dube and Carsen Twarynski paced the Rockets with two goals each. Overall, the Rockets have points in 20 of their last 28 games (17-8-2-1). The Rockets welcome Kamloops Saturday night.
Broadcasters Notebook: With 12 games left in the regular season, 7 of the 12 will be played on home ice. The only five road games are in Kamloops, Prince George (twice), Everett and Vancouver…Of the 12 games remaining, 10 are against teams in the BC Division…Cal Foote has 15 goals. The franchise record is 21 set by Madison Bowey in 2014-2015…..The Rockets have 12 shorthanded goals this season, the same number they had all of last season…If Cal Foote and Dillon Dube stay healthy in the next 8 games, they will both reach the 200 games played mark in the exact same game in Kamloops March 9th….Cal Foote has 10 points in his last 6 games….The Rockets 21 home ice wins is two shy of the 23 the team recorded last season…Erik Gardiner returned to the line-up February 9th in Victoria after missing 39 games with an upper body injury….Kole Lind had his 20 game point streak snapped February 3rd in Everett. Lind had 15+23=38 over that period, which was good for the third longest point streak in franchise history. Tyson Barrie had a 21 game point streak in 2009-2010 while the team record is 24 games set by Brett McLean. McLean had 18+31=49 in the 1996-1997 campaign…The Rockets have four hat-tricks this season from Carsen Twarynski (vs. Portland/Prince George), and Kole Lind (PA/Kamloops)…The Rockets have sent 17 players to Canada’s roster at the World Junior… The Rockets had their 13 game home ice winning streak snapped January 5th vs. Seattle…The Rockets are 7 and 4 in overtime with game winners coming from Kole Lind (twice), Dillon Dube Carsen Twarynski (twice) and Cal Foote (twice). The only losses in OT came against the Tri City Americans, Portland Winterhawks, Red Deer Rebels and Victoria Royals… …Dillon Dube has scored 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons…The Rockets won their 30th game of the season January 24th vs. Lethbridge, marking the 11th straight season the team has achieved that mark. The last time they fell short was in 2006-2007 when the team earned 22 victories….The Rockets are 3-4-2-0 in their last 9 road games….Dillon Dube hit the 200 point mark in his career Friday February 9th in Victoria….Carsen Twarynski is playing in his 86th regular season game as a member of the Rockets. Twarynski has 82 points in those 86 games….The Rockets are 18-5-1-0 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets have opened the scoring 34 times this season…The opposition has opened the scoring in 4 of the last 7 games…Goaltender Brodan Salmond has started in three of the last four games and 5 of the last 8…Defenceman James Hilsendager has missed 10 games with an UBI…The Rockets are 4-4-1-1 in 10 games in February…9 of the teams last 14 games have been decided by a single goal. The Rockets are 5-1-2-1 in those 9-one goal games.
Streaking: Cal Foote has points in 20 of his last 23 games…Dillon Dube has points in 19 of his last 22 games…Leif Mattson has points in 10 of his last 13 games.
Player total: 25
Year by Year Breakdown:
20’s (1997) – 3 Ballhorn, Twarynski, Hilsendager
19’s (1998) - 5 Salmond, Lind, Dube, Cal Foote, Chizen
18’s (1999) - 6 Topping, Mattson, Gardiner, Bruggen-Cate, Cowell, Skvrne
17’s (2000) - 9 Porter, Foote, Zabransky, Kindree, Brennan, McGauley, Kushniryk, Pow, Hair
16’s (2001) - 2 Korczak, Basran
NHL Drafted Players: Cal Foote (Tampa Bay 2017), Kole Lind (Vancouver 2017), Dillon Dube (Calgary 2016), Carsen Twarynski (Philadelphia 2016), Brayden Chizen (Minnesota 2016).
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150