GAME DAY: Rockets head to Van for a visit with the G-Men

Marissa Baecker

Rockets @ Giants

Saturday January 13, 2018

Game Time – 7:35 pm


Game Night Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close out a two game road trip tonight against the Vancouver Giants. The Rockets were a 5-4 winner on November 10th before losing 6-1 on November 18th.  Back on November 24th the Rockets squeezed out a 3-2 victory at the LEC. The Rockets make a return visit March 16th in the second to last game of the regular season. These two teams are separated by three points for first place in the BC Division. The Rockets are coming off a 6-2 win last night in Seattle. Carsen Twarynski and Leif Mattson scored twice in the win. Cal Foote chipped in with three assists and was named the first star for a second straight game since returning from the World Junior Hockey Championships. The Rockets were 4 for 8 on the power play and were 5 for 5 on the penalty killing unit. Overall, the Rockets have won 9 of their last 10 games with wins over Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Kamloops (twice), Victoria, Tri City, Calgary, Spokane and Seattle. The Rockets host Lethbridge on Wednesday at Prospera Place.


Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets made a deal with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Monday, acquiring the playing rights to 19 year-old forward Ryan Bowen for a 8th round bantam pick. Ryan Bowen is the older brother of prospect Ethan Bowen….The Rockets made a deal last Sunday with the Prince Albert Raiders, sending 17 year-old defenceman Konrad Belcourt to PA for a 5th and 8th round pick…The Rockets have 15 wins in their last 19 games with those four losses coming to Moose Jaw, Brandon, Swift Current and Tri City…The Rockets record after 42 games this season is 27-12-2-1. Last season the hockey club was 24-15-3-0 after 42 games….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 (two vs. Portland/one vs. Prince George), and Kole Lind (vs. Prince Albert and Kamllops)…Lind had three goals in a game against the Kamloops Blazers in December, 2015…The Rockets have sent 17 players to Canada’s roster at the World Junior…Kyle Topping and Libor Zabrasky are both rated as ‘C’ prospects for June’s NHL draft by NHL Central Scouting. Topping was not on the ‘Players to Watch’ list in October before appearing in November’s rankings…The Rockets had their 13 game home ice winning streak snapped last Friday night. The team racked up wins over Portland, Tri City, Prince George (twice), Vancouver, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Kootenay and Kamloops (twice), Victoria and Tri City….The Rockets are 4 and 2 in overtime with game winners coming from Kole Lind, Dillon Dube Carsen Twarynski (twice). The only loss in OT came against the Tri City Americans and Portland Winterhawks…The Rockets are 9-5-1-0 in the second of back-to-back games….The Rockets are 12-3-0-0 against BC Division teams this season….The Rockets are 21-1-0-1 when leading after 2 periods…The Rockets are 20-2-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game….Erik Gardiner has missed 28 games after being injured October 28th vs. Prince George…The Rockets were 7-3 without Dube and Foote at the World Junior’s….Kole Lind is riding an 11 game point streak. Lind has 9+12=21 over that stretch….Carsen Twarynski has 5 goals in his last 5 games….Kyle Topping has points in 10 of his last 12 games. Not bad for an 11th round WHL bantam pick.


Milestones: Connor Bruggen-Cate played in his 100th game December 30th vs. Victoria…Kyle Topping played in his 100th career game Wednesday night….Jack Cowell played in his 100th career game last night in Seattle…Head Coach Jason Smith coached his 100th career regular season game against the Kootenay Ice on December 2nd…Carsen Twarynski played in his 200th career game October 28th against the Prince George Cougars…James Hilsendager plays in his 200th career game November 14th vs. Oil Kings.


Roster Stats:

Player total: 25

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

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

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