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Game Day: Rockets set for big match up against Blazers

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Rockets vs. Blazers

Saturday February 23rd, 2019

Game Time – 7:05 pm

 

Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close out the month of February with a home game against the visiting Kamloops Blazers. It is the teams 6th game in 9 nights. These two teams are separated by 5 points for third place in the BC Division. The Rockets are in Kamloops to conclude the seasonal series March 8th. Overall, the Rockets are 3-3-1-0 in the seven games against Kamloops, with 4 of the 7 decided by a single goal. The Rockets are coming off a 4-3 shootout win last night in Spokane. Leif Mattson (21st), Nolan Foote (30th) and Alex Swetlikoff (3rd) scored in regulation time while Lassi Thomson and Nolan Foote scored in the shootout. James Porter, the first star, was excellent with 40 saves including two stops in the shootout. The Rockets closed out the three game road trip with two wins in three games after a 5-2 victory in Victoria Monday and a 6-2 setback a night later to the Royals. Overall, the Rockets are 9-12-2-1 in 24 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 21-19-4-1 in 45 games under head coach Adam Foote. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets are in Vancouver Friday before welcoming Portland next Saturday and Sunday.

 

Who’s Hot:.Kyle Topping has 5+13=18 in his last 15 games…Leif Mattson has 3+8=11 in his last 8   games….Alex Swetlikoff has 3+5=8 in his last 8 games….Nolan Foote has 9+4=13 in his last 15 games….Lassi Thomson has 7+3=10 in his last 16 games …The Rockets have points in 14 of their last 21 home games (11-7-3-0). Mark Liwiski has 5+2=7 in his last 11 games…Nolan Foote has a shot on goal in every game he has played this season.

 

Broadcasters Notebook: Lassi Thomson’s 16 goals are two shy of the franchise record for goals by a European d-man. Tomas Slovak holds the record (18 goals) in 2002-2003…The Rockets are 5-5-0-0 in 10 games in February….The team is 8-12-1-0 in 21 games since January 5th….Liam Kindree and Teddy Brennan both played in their 100th career games last night in Spokane….Kyle Topping’s next assist will be the 100th of his career….Defenceman Shael Higson played in his 300th career game Monday in Victoria….The Rockets have 9 games left in the regular season. Of those 9, 6 are against teams in the BC Division…The team will play three games in three nights March 1st, 2nd and 3rd…The team has been out-shot in 16 of the last 23 games…The Rockets are 6-10-1-0 in 17 games against a US Division team this season. Three of the five wins have come against Tri City with a single victory over Spokane, Everett and Seattle…The team plays 3 more games against US Division rivals with two games vs. Portland and  a single against Spokane.…The Rockets have played 18-one goal games at home this season. Last year they played 15-one goal games at Prospera Place…The team has played in 10-one goal games on the road…The Rockets are 11-14-2-1 against BC Division teams this season…Five members of the Kelowna Rockets have made NHL Central Scouting’s latest rankings. Lassi Thomson is rated 14th, Nolan Foote is ranked 26th and Kaedan Korczak is 31st. Kyle Topping is 195th while Alex Swetlikoff is 217th, Among goalies, Roman Basran is 11th among North American netminders…..Adam Foote was officially named the new head coach of the Kelowna Rockets on October 23, 2018 replacing Jason Smith.,,The Rockets are 9-13-1-0 when playing the second game of back-to-backs.

 

Season Highs/Lows:

Most goals scored: 8 @ Victoria October 19/18 (8-2 W)

Most goals allowed: 9 vs. Seattle October 10th, 2018 (9-6 L)

Most shots on net: 45 @ Seattle October 6th, 2018 (4-1 L).

Fewest shots on net: 13 @ Edmonton November 17, 2018 (3-1 L)

Most shots allowed: 50 @ Portland November 10, 2018 (3-0 L)

Fewest shots allowed: 16 vs. Victoria December 7, 2018 (2-0 win)

Last time shut out at home: October 3rd, 2018 vs. Vancouver (5-0 L)

Last time shut out on road: February 1, 2019 @ Spokane (4-0 L)

Last shutout at home: December 7, 2018 vs. Victoria (2-0 W – Roman Basran 16 saves)

Last shutout on the road: January 18, 2019 @ Everett (2-0 W – James Porter 40 saves)

Most power play goals allowed: 4 vs. Seattle October 10th, 2018 (9-6 L). T-Birds were 4/5 on power play.

Most power play goals scored: 4 @ Victoria October 19, 2018 (8-2 W)

Overtime Games (7): vs. Kamloops (2-1 W) February 2, 2019, vs. Seattle (3-2 Loss) January 30, 2019, @ Kamloops (3-2 Loss) December 28, 2018, vs. Saskatoon (5-4 Loss) December 1, 2018, @ Tri City Nov 30, 2018 (3-2 win), @ PG (4-3 Loss) November 14, 2018, vs. PG (4-3 win) October 27, 2018.

 

Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150

 

 

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