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Game Day: Rockets and Cougars meet for last dance

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Rockets vs. Cougars

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Game Time – 7:05 pm

Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Prince George Cougars for the 9th time this season. The Rockets have beaten the Cougars just once in regulation time. That one win came September 29th in a 5-2 victory. The Rockets have also earned points against the Cougars with a 4-3 overtime victory, a 4-3 overtime loss and a 2-1 shootout loss. The Cougars have beaten the Rockets four times in regular time, In fact, of the Cougars 16 wins this season, 37% of them have come against the Rockets. The Rockets are coming off a 5-4 setback Wednesday to the visiting Spokane Chiefs. Leif Mattson led the way with four assists while Alex Swetlikoff scored his first and second career goals in the loss. Lassi Thomson and Nolan Foote also found the back of the net. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets travel to Kamloops to face the Blazers on Saturday. Overall, the Rockets are 5-9-2-1 in 17 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 17-16-4-1 in 38 games under head coach Adam Foote.

Who’s Hot: Leif Mattson and Kyle Topping lead the Rockets in scoring against the Cougars with 10 points in the 8 games. Mattson has 4+6=10 while Topping has 3+7=10. Nolan Foote has 4 goals while Lassi Thomson has 3….Kyle Topping has 6+11=17 in his last 15 games…Nolan Foote has 7+7=13 in his last 13 games….Lassi Thomson has 6+3=9 in his last 14 games…The Rockets penalty killing unit is 45 for 55 in their last 13 road games…The Rockets have points in 13 of their last 18 home games (10-5-3-0).

Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets have played in six straight one goal games at home…Nineteen year-old forward Connor Bruggen-Cate has been suspended for two games by the WHL for ‘actions in game’ against the Kamloops Blazers last Saturday. Bruggen-Cate will serve game two tonight before rejoining the team tomorrow in Kamloops….The Rockets have 16 games left in the regular season. Of those 16, 11 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 13 of the last 16 games…The Rockets are 5-9-1-0 in 15 games against a US Division team this season. Three of the five wins have come against Tri City with a single victory over Everett and Seattle…The team plays 5 more games against US Division rivals with two games against Spokane and Portland and a single against Everett.…The Rockets have played 17-one goal games at home this season. Last year they played 15-one goal games at Prospera Place…The team has played in nine-one goal games on the road…The Rockets are 9-12-2-1 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 8-11-1-0 when playing the second game of back-to-backs….The team acquired 20 year-old Shael Higson from the Brandon Wheat Kings for 20 year-old Braydyn Chizen and a 5th round bantam pick. The team then claimed 20 year-old defenceman Matt Barberis off waivers from the Vancouver Giants. To make room for Barberis, the team released overage forward Lane Zablocki, who is now with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers.

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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