|Kelowna Rockets at Vancouver Giants
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
Tonight’s Preview: The Rockets pay a visit to the Langley Events Centre for the third of four times this season. The Rockets are 0-2-0-0 at the LEC, losing by scores of 4-0 and 6-2. Overall, the Rockets have been out-scored 10-2 in the two visits. The Rockets make one more stop on March 20th. In the seasonal series, the Rockets are 1-3-0-0, with their lone win coming on January 4th with a 3-2 shootout victory. The Rockets are coming off a 3-2 overtime win last night over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Matthew Wedman scored the game-winner with 1:02 remaining in the overtime period. Mark Liwiski tied the score late in the third period. Pavel Novak opened the scoring in the first period, snapping a six-game losing streak. Cole Schwebius was solid in goal in the teams’ 22nd win of the season. The Rockets host the Giants tomorrow afternoon in a rare Sunday game (5:05 pm). After tonight’s game, the Rockets enjoy 7 of their next eight games on home ice. The only road game over that period is next Saturday when they visit the Spokane Chiefs.
|Kelowna Rockets (22-20-1-2 – 47 points)
3rd in B.C. Division | 5th in Western Conference
Power Play: 33/196 – 16.8% (18th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 160/198 – 80.8% (7th in WHL)
Last Ten: 3-7-0-0 Streak: 1-0-0-0
GF: 121 GA: 138
|Vancouver Giants (19-20-2-2 – 42 points)
4th in B.C. Division | 6th in Western Conference
Power Play: 21/144 – 11.8% (20th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 144/179 – 80.4% (10th in WHL)
Last Ten: 3-5-1-1 Streak: 0-2-0-0
GF: 108 GA: 114
Rockets Return: The Rockets welcomed six regulars to the lineup last night. Kyle Topping was back after a 30 game absence with a broken ankle. Topping was hurt October 30th Victoria. Mark Liwiski had missed eight games while Trevor Wong, Sean Comrie and Roman Basran also returned. Nolan Foote remains week to week while Liam Kindree is out with a long term injury.
Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets are playing their 46th game of the season tonight, meaning only 22 games remain on the schedule…Matthew Wedman is five games shy of 300 for his career….The Rockets are 8-4-0-0 against teams in the US Division….The Rockets are now 18-5-0-0 when scoring the games first goal…Kaedan Korczak returned to the lineup last night after serving a three-game suspension …Liam Kindree has been sidelined for an extended period of time after a hit against Kamloops which required surgery on his broken collarbone …. The Rockets were 5-7-0-0 while Nolan Foote was at the World Junior Hockey Championships …The Rockets have played in 24-1 goal games this season, the most in the WHL…The Rockets are 9-13-1-1 against teams in the BC Division…The Rockets are 5 and 1 in overtime with game-winning goals coming from Matthew Wedman, Dillon Hamaliuk, Nolan Foote, Kaedan Korczak and Liam Kindree….Head Coach Adam Foote is closing in on a milestone. Foote will coach in his 100th game Sunday, at home, vs. Vancouver.