GAME DAY: Rockets close out the regular season in Langley
Rockets @ Giants
Saturday March 18th, 2017
Game Time – 7:00 pm
Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close out the regular season schedule tonight against the Vancouver Giants. This is the 8th and final meeting between these two teams. The Rockets are 6-1-0-0 in the first seven games, having out-scored the Giants 26-1 in the last four meetings. Overall, the Rockets have out-scored the G-Men 41-13. The Rockets have won 24 consecutive home games over the Giants. The Rockets are coming off a 7-0 win over the G-Men last night. Kole Lind had 1+3=4 and Nolan Foote had the Gordie Howe Hattrick (1+1=2 and a fight) in the lopsided win. Michael Herringer was sharp with a 21 save shutout performance. In the big picture, the team has 17 wins in the last 21 games (17-3-1-0) while earning a point in 15 of their last 17 games (14-2-1-0). The Rockets have scored 81 goals in their last 17 games (4.8 goals per game).
Too Hot to Handle: Kyle Topping has points in 9 of his last 10 games (4+5=9). Cal Foote has points in four of his last six games (1+6=7). Calvin Thurkauf has points in 7 of his last 9 games (3+10=13). Dillon Dube has a 6 game point streak (7+6=13). Reid Gardiner has points in 16 of his last 17 games.
Milestones: Lucas Johansen played in his 200th career game Wednesday night…Rodney Southam hit the 100 point mark with two goals last night…Devante Stephens played in his 200th game last Saturday night. …Gordie Ballhorn played in his 100th game Saturday vs. Victoria.
Streak’n: The Rockets have scored more goals (278) than they did all of last season (269). The team has allowed 204 goals against, which is 14 less than a season ago with one game remaining…Reid Gardiner had his 15 game point streak snapped Wednesday night. Gardiner had 10+12=22 over that stretch. Kole Lind had a 13 game point streak earlier this season. The 21 year-old Gardiner also has goals in 8 of his last 11 games. Rodney Southam has points in 10 of his last 14 games with 9+8=17 over that stretch. Dillon Dube has points in 12 of his last 13 games (12+14=26). Dube also has goals in 9 of his last 12 games. Dube has12 goals in his last 12 games.
That’s a fact Jack: The Rockets are 27-4-0-0 in their last 31 regular season meetings against the Giants…The Rockets are 14 for 38 on the power play (36.8%) against the Giants this season….The Rockets have killed off 26 of 30 chances while shorthanded against the G-Men this season…Calvin Thurkauf has 3+9=12 in 7 games against Vancouver this season. Kole Lind has 4+8=12 in the 7 games…The Rockets 7 game winning streak was the longest since the team won 10 straight games in 2014-2015…Michael Herringer was named the WHL Goalie of the Week March 6th by posting a record of 3-0-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.10…Lucas Johansen signed an entry level deal with the Washington Capitals. Johansen was a 1st round pick of the Caps this summer…The Rockets have played 35 road games this season, with one more stop in Vancouver…The Rockets have now won 20 or more road games in five consecutive seasons. The last time they failed to hit 20 wins was in 2011-2012 when they won 15 games away from Prospera Place…The 56 shots the Rockets put up against the Vancouver Giants February 10th were a season high….The 15 shots the team surrendered February 22nd against the Edmonton Oil Kings was a season low…The Rockets have generated 30 or more shots in 28 of their last 32 games…The Rockets have surrendered 5 or more goals 13 times this season. The teams’ record, not surprisingly, is 1-11-2-0.
Broadcasters Bits: Tomas Soustal is missing his 8th straight game tonight after being hurt March 1st against Prince George. The Rockets are 12-2-0-0 in 14 games when Soustal has been injured this season….The Rockets are 63-1-4-0 when leading after 40 minutes in the last two seasons….The Kelowna Rockets lost 10 of their first 21 regular season games. Since then, the team has 12 losses in the last 50 games… In the Rockets last 13 losses (regulation or overtime loss) the opposition has opened the scoring…The Rockets are 19-7-2-0 since the trade deadline The Rockets compiled a record of 10-2-1-0 in 13 games in 26 days in February…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 20-12-0-0 against BC based teams this season …The Rockets were 11-4-3-0 against U.S Division teams this season.
Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150