GAME DAY: Rockets make final visit to the ShoWare Center of the regular season

Marissa Baecker

Rockets @ T-Birds

Friday January 19, 2018

Game Time – 7:35 pm


Game Night Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Seattle Thunderbirds for the second time in a week. Last Friday at ShoWare Center, the Rockets were a 6-2 winner. The Rockets are coming off a 4-3 overtime win Wednesday night over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes. Cal Foote scored the game winner at the 2:55 mark of the extra session. Dillon Dube, returning after missing 13 straight games, was named the 1st star with a goal and an assist. Connor Bruggen-Cate and Kole Lind also scored in the teams’ 28th win of the season. Brodan Salmond, making his first appearance in goal since November 4th earned the win. Overall, the Rockets have won 10 of their last 12 games with wins over Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Kamloops (twice), Victoria, Tri City, Calgary, Spokane, Seattle and Lethbridge. The Rockets host the Victoria Royals Saturday night before opening an Alberta road trip this Wednesday in Lethbridge, before stops in Medicine Hat and Red Deer to close out the trip.


Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets made a deal with the Lethbridge Hurricanes January 8th, 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 January 7th with the Prince Albert Raiders, sending 17 year-old defenceman Konrad Belcourt to PA for a 5th and 8th round pick…The Rockets have 16 wins in their last 21 games with those four losses coming to Moose Jaw, Brandon, Swift Current, Tri City and Vancouver…The Rockets record after 44 games this season is 28-13-2-1. Last season the hockey club was 26-15-3-0 after 44 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 (vs. Portland/Prince George), and Kole Lind (Prince Albert/Kamloops)…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… The Rockets had their 13 game home ice winning streak snapped January 5th vs. Seattle.…The Rockets are 5 and 2 in overtime with game winners coming from Kole Lind, Dillon Dube Carsen Twarynski (twice) and Cal Foote. The only loss in OT came against the Tri City Americans and Portland Winterhawks…The Rockets are 12-4-0-0 against BC Division teams this season….The Rockets are 22-1-0-1 when leading after 2 periods…The Rockets are 20-3-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game….Erik Gardiner has missed 30 games after being injured October 28th vs. Prince George…The Rockets were 9-4 without Dube at the World Junior’s….Kole Lind is riding a 13 game point streak. Lind has 10+13=23 over that stretch….Carsen Twarynski has 5 goals in his last 7 games….Kyle Topping has points in 11 of his last 14 games. Not bad for an 11th round WHL bantam pick…Upcoming birthdays: January 27th, Wil Kushniryk, January 28th, Ted Brennan, January 29th – Kaedan Korczak.


Milestones: Connor Bruggen-Cate played in his 100th game December 30th vs. Victoria…Kyle Topping played in his 100th career game January 10th…Jack Cowell played in his 100th career game January 12th 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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