Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rockets look for 26th consecutive win

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Game Night Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Vancouver Giants for the 5th of 8 times this season. The Rockets are 2-2-0-0 with the home team winning three of the four games. Of the four, three have been played in Vancouver/Langley. The Giants make a return visits March 7th and 17th. The Rockets last visit to the Langley Events Centre is March 16th. Three of the four games have been decided by a goal. The only blowout was a 6-1 win for the Giants on November 18th. Carsen Twarynski has 2+2=4 in the four game seasonal series while Cal Foote has 0+4=4. Tyler Benson has 4+2=6 in the four games for the Giants. The Rockets are coming off an 8-2 loss to the Everett Silvertips Saturday with Cal Foote scoring both goals in the setback. Overall, the Rockets have points in 14 of their last 20 games (13-6-1-0). The Rockets play 15 of their final 20 against teams in the BC Division. The Rockets are in Victoria Friday and Saturday night before returning to meet the Royals on Monday (February 12th) in matinee affair at Prospera Place.

Broadcasters Notebook: Kole Lind had his 20 game point streak snapped Saturday night 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 campaignThe Rockets have 20 wins in their last 28 games….James Porter was named the WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Week ending December 31st after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals against average of 0.48 and a save percentage of .987…The Rockets have four hat-tricks this season from Carsen Twarynski (vs. Portland/Prince George), and Kole Lind (Prince Albert/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 3 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 and Red Deeer Rebels….Erik Gardiner has missed 38 games after being injured October 28th vs. Prince George…: NHL Central Scouting has released its mid-term rankings. Forward Kyle Topping is rated 65th among North American skaters. Defenceman Libor Zabransky is rated 110th…Dillon Dube has scored 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons. Dube had 20 goals last season in 40 games and had a career high 26 in 2015-2016.…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…Liam Kindree is missing his 16th straight game with a lower body injury…Goaltender James Porter has missed 10 games with an upper body injury. The 17 year-old’s last start was against the Giants January 13th. ..

Streaking: Cal Foote has points in 13 of his last 15 games…Dillon Dube has points in 13 of his last 14 games…Carsen Twarynski has 4 goals in his last 7 games…Leif Mattson has 4 goals in his last 7 games.    

Milestones: Nolan Foote played in his 100th career game February 3rd vs. Everett….Kole Lind has 201 career points ….Dillon Dube has 198 career points, two shy of 200…;Connor Bruggen-Cate played in his 100th game December 30th vs. Victoria…Kyle Topping played in his 100th career game January 10th…Jack Cowell played in his 100th career game January 12th in Seattle…Head Coach Jason Smith coached his 100th career regular season game against the Kootenay Ice on December 2nd…Carsen Twarynski played in his 200th career game October 28th against the Prince George Cougars…James Hilsendager played in his 200th career game November 14th vs. Oil Kings. 

Roster Stats:
Player total: 26
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
15’s (2002) - 1 Cole Tisdale
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

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