Game Day: Rockets and Blazers in Rematch at Prospera

Feb 16, 2013 - 11:13 GMT

Feb. 16, 2013 - Kelowna, BC

The Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers hit the ice at Prospera Place tonight for the second game in a home and home series this weekend between the two WHL rivals.

Kamloops won 4-2 last night in Kamloops to move to within five points of the Rockets for first place in the WHL BC Division.

There are tickets available for tonight's game.

Buy Kelowna Rockets Tickets Here, phone 250-762-5050 or go to the Prospera Place box office.

Get ready for the game with Regan Bartel's game notes.....

Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets are meeting the Kamloops Blazers for the seventh of ten times this season. The Rockets have lost twice in regulation time including a 4-2 setback last night in Kamloops. The Rockets are 2-2-2-0 in the first six games. The Rockets are playing the Blazers five times in their next ten games. The two teams hook up again three times in March (3rd in Kamloops – 8th in Kamloops and 9th in Kelowna). The Rockets are19-4-2-0 in their last 25 games. The Rockets have nine regulation losses in their last 49 games (37-9-2-1). The Rockets have won 34 of their last 43 (32-8-3-0) games overall. Following tonight’s game the Rockets are on the road in Victoria for two games Friday and Saturday night.

Last night’s Recap: Brendan Ranford scored once and added two assists in the Blazers 4-2 win. Henrik Nyberg and Dylan McKinley scored goals for the Rockets, who lost for the 4th time in their last six games. Jordon Cooke made 36 saves in the setback. The Rockets were 0 for 3 on the power play while the Blazers were 2 for 7.    

Rockets/Blazers Comparison: The Rockets have won 41 games in regulation time this season. The Blazers have won 27 games in regulation time….The Rockets have scored 40 more goals than the Blazers this season but have played one more game….The Rockets have allowed 6 fewer goals against….The Blazers have had 40 more power play chances and have scored 9 more power play goals. The two teams are separated by five points in the BC Division standings.

Home Cook’n: The Rockets are 25-4-0-0 at Prospera Place. The team has scored 143 goals (4.9 per game) and has allowed 58 goals against (2.00 per game).  The Rockets have scored at least 3 or more goals in every home game this season except two, when they lost 5-1 to Portland and 3-2 to the visiting Kamloops Blazers. The Rockets have scored four or more goals in 21 of their 29 home games. Jordon Cooke and Jackson Whistle have combined for six home ice shutouts this season. The team has allowed two or fewer goals at home this season in 20 of 29 games.

This and That: The Rockets have hit the 40 win plateau for the 9th time in franchise history…The Rockets have made the playoffs for the 17th time in the franchises 18 year history….The Rockets are rated as the 5th best team in the country according to this week’s CHL Top 10 rankings. Last week the Rockets were rated 4th….Ryan Huska and the Kamloops Blazers are being inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. The Blazers teams – 1993-94 and 1994-95 - will be inducted during a ceremony in Penticton in July…The Rockets have 12 games left in the regular season. Of those twelve, 10 are against BC Division teams…..The Rockets play four more games in February and 8 games in March to close out the regular season…..The Rockets have 5 road games left in the regular season with all 5 against BC Division teams…Six of the Rockets13 regulation losses this season have been decided by a single goal… Jordon Cooke was named the WHL Goaltender of the Month for December. Cooke was 6-0-0-0 and posted a goals against average of 2.00….The Rockets 23 game home ice winning streak was the third longest winning streak on home ice in WHL history. It was snapped February 8th in a 5-3 loss to Portland….Dylen McKinlay is  the only Rocket to play in every game this season…The Rockets have led going into the third period in 39 of their last 51 games with two games being tied heading into the final frame.…The Rockets have 44 power play goal in their last 51 games (44 for 174 over that span – 25.2%)…..The Rockets have scored 227 goals in their last 51 games (average 4.45)....Madison Bowey (22), Mitch Wheaton (63) and Myles Bell (87) are rated among the top players by NHL Central Scouting for June’s draft. The mid-season rankings were released by NHLCS. Jackson Whistle is rated (26) among North American goalies…The Rockets have out-scored the opposition 143-58 on home ice this season…Zach Franko has twenty-three more points (62) than the 39 he put up all of last season. That is a new career high for the 19 year-old…..Dylen McKinlay has five shorthanded goals…Since relocating from Tacoma to Kelowna for the start of the 1995-96 season, the Rockets have picked up 669 wins over the last 18 seasons…Since entering the WHL in 1991, the Tacoma/Kelowna Rockets have scored 4 thousand 587 goals (4,587)…The Rockets have participated in one shootout game this season. That is a league low. Last season the Rockets were involved in a league high 15…Dylen McKinlay leads the team in plus/minus with a +47. It is the highest +/- total for a Kelowna Rockets player. Jesse Schultz was +40 in 2002-2003…Since November 1st the Rockets have lost seven times in regulation…Five of the teams thirteen regulation losses came in the first five weeks of the season…Zach Franko has 154 career points….JT Barnett played in his 250th career game February 8th against Portland…Tyrell Goulbourne has 19 fighting majors this season…Damon Severson is four points shy of 100 for his career…Zach Franko played in his 200th career game Thursday against Everett.….Ryan Olsen is the first 18 year-old forward since Jamie Benn to score over 30 goals in a Rockets uniform. Benn scored 33 times in 2007-2008.            

Who’s Hot: Colton Sissons has four goals in his last five games….Sissons has points in 28 of his last 30 games….Ryan Olsen has goals in eleven of his last nineteen… Carter Rigby has 7+3=10 in last six games… Cody Fowlie has 3+5=8 in his last eleven games…Jackson Whistle has goals against average of 1.67 in four appearances this month.

Three Stars: Colton Sissons has been the first star a team high five times this season. Myles Bell has been a team high second star eight times while Jordon Cooke and Damon Severson are tied for the team lead in third star balloting having been recognized three times each.  Bell has been a star 12 times while Cooke has been a star ten times.