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Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game two of a four game home stand tonight when they welcome the Kamloops Blazers to Prospera Place. This is the 8th of 10 meetings between these teams this season. The Rockets are 3-4-0-0, having been out-scored 27-16. Of the 7 games in the seasonal series, the home team has won 6 of them. The Rockets host Portland tomorrow night before welcoming Calgary February 1st. The Rockets are coming off a 4-1 home ice win Saturday night over the Portland Winterhawks. Kole Lind had 2+2=4 while Braydyn Chizen and Tomas Soustal added singles in the teams’ 27th win of the season. The Rockets have 24 games left in the regular season and will play those games over the next 51 days.
Digg’n Deeper: Rodney Southam leads the Rockets with 6 points against the Blazers in the seasonal series (0+6=6.) Kole Lind has 5 points (2+3=5) while Nick Merkley has 4 points (2+2=4). Collin Shirley leads the Blazers with 9 points in the 7 games. Michael Herringer is 2-3-0-0 in five starts against the Blazers with a goals against average of 3.42. Dylan Ferguson has played in 6 of the 7 games for the Blazers. Both power plays have been respectable in the seven games, with the Rockets scoring 9 goals on 38 chances while the Blazers have 10 goals on 40 opportunities. Only two of the 7 games have been decided by a single goal and in three of the games the Rockets have scored only one goal.
24 More: The Kelowna Rockets have 24 games left in the regular season. Of those 24, 14 of them (58.3%) of them are against BC Division rivals. The Rockets have five more games against Vancouver, four more vs. Prince George and three more against Kamloops. The Rockets play the Victoria Royals two more times. The team has two more each against US Division Everett, Seattle and Spokane and singles against Portland and Tri City. Edmonton and Calgary are the only Central Division teams they face down the stretch.
Dare to Compare: The Rockets had a record of 33-11-3-0 (27-17-4-0 this season) after 48 games last season. The team was 18-2-2-0 (12-7-2-0 this season) on home ice. A season ago the team scored 174 (164 goals scored this season) goals and allowed 132 (146 goals against last season) against. Michael Herringer had played in just 23 games at the 47 game mark last season. Tyson Baillie was the leading scorer with 70 points.
That’s a Fact Jack: NHL Central Scouting has released its mid-term rankings. Cal Foote is dated 12th among North American skaters while Kole Lind is ranked 21st…Jack Cowell has 2+4=6 in his last five games. It took him 26 games to score his first-two goals of his WHL career……The Rockets have surrendered 5 or more goals 9 times this season. The teams’ record, not surprisingly, is 0-8-1-0 …Calvin Thurkauf has points in 10 of his last 13 games ……Dillon Dube has been held off the score-sheet just 5 times this season….9 of the teams last 13 games have been decided by a goal ………Reid Gardiner and Erik Gardiner are the 6th set of Rockets brothers to play with one another. They join Kiel and Gavin McLeod, Lucas and Evan Bloodoff, Josh and Jake Morrissey, Joe and Danny Gatenby and Cal and Nolan Foote…The Rockets are 16-7-4-0 in their last 27 games and have points in 18 of their last 24 (14-5-4-0)….Defenceman Cal Foote and forward Kole Lind have been named to the roster for the CHL Top Prospects game.
Broadcasters Bits: Kole Lind hit the 100 point mark for his career Saturday night with a four point effort. Lind joins Tomas Soustal and Dillon Dube, who both hit the milestone earlier this season. Who’s next? Carsen Twarynski has 91 career points…Calvin Thurkauf is three games shy of 100 for his career…Michael Herringer is 4 more starts shy of 100 for his career…GM Bruce Hamilton has
traded/released six players from the teams opening day roster…Kole Lind had his 13 game point streak snapped December 18th against the Edmonton Oil Kings. It is the longest point streak by a Rockets player this season …Calvin Thurkauf was named the WHL Player of the Week December 7th to 11th …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 9-10-0-0 against BC based teams this season…Michael Herringer has started in 29 of the last 38 games…The Rockets are 8-1-2-0 against U.S Division teams this season.
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150