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GAME DAY: Rockets host the Blazers as the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to promote organ donation… Presented by RE/MAX

Marissa Baecker

Rockets vs. Blazers

Saturday March 10th, 2018

Game Time – 7:05 pm

 

Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Kamloops Blazers for the 8th and final time this season. The Rockets are 7-0-0-0 in the seasonal series, having out-scored the Blazers 28-12. Kole Lind leads the team in scoring in the seasonal series with 8+7=15. Cal Foote has 1+9=10 while Kyle Topping has 2+6=8. Dillon Dube has played in just three games against the Blazers yet has 5+2=7. Brodan Salmond is 5-0-0-0 with a goals against average 2.25. These two  teams met last night with the Rockets earning a 4-2 win. Dillon Dube was named the first star with 1+1=2 while Carsen Twarynski, Marek Skrvne and Kole Lind scored in the teams’ 39th win of the season. Overall, the Rockets have points in 24 of their last 36 games (20-12-3-1). The Rockets host Prince George Wednesday before concluding the regular season next Friday and Saturday night against the Vancouver Giants.

 

Quick Hitters:

Kole Lind: Lind has 90 points this season, three more than a season ago. The 19 year-old has been held off the score-sheet just 6 times and leads the team with 23 road goals.

Carsen Twarynski: Has goals in four straight games. Twarynski has 10 multiple goal games with 27 of his 43 goals scored on home ice. Only once this season has the 20 year-old not had a shot on goal.

Cal Foote: With points in 9 of his last 10 games, Foote has scored 10 of his 17 goals this season on home ice. Foote leads the team in power play assists with 28. Foote has 21 multiple point games this season.

Dillon Dube: The only original member of the 2015 WHL championship team, Dube has points in 8 of his last 9 games (6+10=16). Dube has 39 points in 54 playoff games. Dube is a career +53.

 

Broadcasters Notebook: James Hilsendager played in his 100th career WHL game last night as a member of the Kelowna Rockets….Rookies Colum McGauley and Kyle Pow both turn 18 on Sunday…Kole Lind signed an entry level contract with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks March 1st. Lind was a second round pick of the Canucks in last June’s draft…Cal Foote has 17 goals. The franchise record is 21 set by Madison Bowey in 2014-2015…The team has 23 wins at home, matching their win total from last season at Prospera Place…Kole Lind played in his 200th career game Wednesday night…Dillon Dube played in his 200th game last night….Cal Foote plays in career game #200 tonight against the Blazers…The Rockets have five hat-tricks this season from Carsen Twarynski (vs. Portland/Prince George), and Kole Lind (PA/Kamloops/Prince George)……The Rockets had their 13 game home ice winning streak snapped January 5th vs. Seattle…The Rockets are 7 and 5 in overtime with game winners coming from Kole Lind (twice), Dillon Dube Carsen Twarynski (twice) and Cal Foote (twice). The only losses in OT came against the Tri City Americans, Portland Winterhawks, Red Deer Rebels and Victoria Royals… …Dillon Dube has scored 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons…….The Rockets are 4-7-2-0 in their last 13 road games….The Rockets are 19-7-2-0 against teams in the BC Division… Goaltender Brodan Salmond has started in 8 of the last 12 games and 10 of the last 16…. Carsen Twarynski is the first Rockets forward to score 40+ goals since Tyson Baillie (43) in the 2015-2016 season. If Kole Lind can score two more goals to join Twarynski, it will mark the first time since 1996-1997 that the team has had two-40 goal scorers. Jason Deleurme and Brett McLean hold that distinction.

 

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

Join the Rockets when the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to promote Organ Donation…. Presented by RE/MAX tonight. The Rockets will wear Don Cherry themed special edition jerseys that are available for Auction at https://auctions.kelownanow.com/products/index/auction:12/  now – Sunday, March 11th. 1000 Don Cherry Bobbleheads will be given away, and every fan will get a special Don Cherry hockey card. Take your picture with the Don Cherry cut-out that will be found on the concourse and use the hashtag #DonationDon for a chance to win a signed Don Cherry Bobblehead. Dress Up like Don Cherry and have a chance at even more great prizes during the 1st Intermission look-a-like contest. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/2oIefMi

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