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Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals meet for the third time in four days with a matinee affair at Prospera Place on this BC Family Day. The Rockets and Royals met on the weekend in Victoria with the Royals winning Friday in regulation time before earning an overtime victory Saturday. In Friday’s game, the Royals erupted for three power play goals in a 6-1 win. Tyler Soy had 1+3=4 in the victory while Dillon Dube scored the lone goal for the Rockets in the loss. In Saturday’s rematch, Cal Foote had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss. Tanner Kaspick scored the game winner on the power play when Kyle Topping was fingered to the penalty box for tripping. Kole Lind and Connor Bruggen-Cate also scored in the teams’ 4th overtime loss of the season. Overall, the Rockets have points in 16 of their last 23 games (14-7-2-0). The Rockets host Red Deer Wednesday and travel to Kamloops Friday before hosting the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday February 17th.
Broadcasters Notebook: Erik Gardiner returned to the line-up Friday in Victoria after missing 39 games with an upper body injury…James Porter Junior received the start in goal Saturday after missing 12 straight games with an upper body injury.…. Kole Lind had his 20 game point streak snapped last Saturday 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….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, Red Deer Rebels and Victoria Royals……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 19th straight game with a lower body injury.
Digg’n Deeper: Kole Lind is one goal shy of 30. If he reaches that mark, the 19 year-old will be the first Rockets player since Tyson Ballie to score 30+ goals in back-to-back seasons. Baillie had 37 goals as a 19 year-old and scored 43 times as a 20 year-old…The Rockets are 2-4-2-0 in their last 8 road games….Dillon Dube hit the 200 point mark in his career Friday February 9th in Victoria….Carsen Twarynski is playing in his 81st regular season game as a member of the Rockets. Twarynski has 79 points in those 81 games….The Rockets are 14-5-1-0 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets have opened the scoring 31 times this season…Kole Lind has 3 goals in the seasonal series against the Royals.
Streaking: Cal Foote has points in 15 of his last 18 games…Dillon Dube has points in 15 of his last 17 games…Leif Mattson has points in 7 of his last 8 games…
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