- The Kelowna Rockets hit the 40 win plateau Saturday night with a 5-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Giants. It marked the 9th time in Tacoma/Kelowna Rockets franchise history that the team accomplished the feat. The 40 wins is only bettered by the Portland Winterhawks who have enjoyed 43 wins this season.
- Myles Bell and Colton Sissons each had three point efforts in the teams 23rd consecutive win at Prospera Place. Bell had two goals and an assist while Sissons chipped in with three assists. Sissons ran his point streak to 11 games and has points in 24 of his last 25 games. It was Bell's 8th - two goal game this season.
- Jordon Cooke earned the win and shutout with a 22 save performance. Cooke now has 5 shutouts this season, which is one off the league lead. Cooke leads the WHL in wins with 29.
- The Rockets scored two shorthanded goals. Dylen McKinlay scored his team leading 5th of the season and then MacKenzie Johnston surprised everyone in the building by winning a puck just outside the blue line, skated in and somehow put the puck past Giants goaltender Payton Lee. It looked like Johnston fanned on the shot before it went through Lee's legs, but it was nice to see the defensive defenceman get a goal like that. (Listen to the audio above of Johnston's surprising goal)
- Just one fight last night but it was a long one between Rockets forward Tyrell Goulbourne and Giants d-man Arvin Atwal. It lasted about a minute as the two struggled to throw punched. Goulbourne was clearly the aggressor but Atwal surprised me with his ability to dodge punches and throw a few of his own.
- In case you were wondering, the Rockets just ended a stretch of playing 7 games in 10 nights. This broadcasters throat was feeling it.
- The best Vancouver Giants player - in my opinion - over the last two nights is defenceman Reid Zalitach. Zalitach is only 16 but moves the puck well and has a bright future in this league. He will take his licks this season but watch for Zalitach to develop into a real good player down the road.
- The fans deserve a lot of credit for eagerly participating in the game. Each seat had a noise maker on it and the crowd was willing to use it repeatedly during stoppages of play. By keeping rhythm with the music during stoppages, Prospera Place came alive with the sounds that should resonate from an arena where wins are common place and losses are few are far between.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
40 never looked so good
- McKinlay having career year
- Rockets games notes vs. Seattle
- Things that make me go hmmm....
- Goal scoring by committee - audio
- The race for first place
- There back!
- Rockets get their groove back
- Flashback interview with Tyson Barrie
- Rockets all-time leading d-man pots first in NHL
- Fatigue a factor in February losses
- Rockets game notes vs. Blazers
- Photo's from Everett
- Game notes vs. Tips
- Huska heading into BC Hockey Hall of Fame
- Petan's natural hattrick audio
- Fight is YouTube hit - literally!
- Character win to end tough stretch
- Winterhawks prove they are a cut above
- Despite the outcome, that my friends was fun
- Rockets game notes vs. Winterhawks
- First regulation loss of 2013
- By the numbers
- 40 never looked so good
- 'Whistle' while you work
- A January to remember
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