Game Day: Rockets ready to battle Chiefs

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Rockets @ Chiefs

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Game Time – 7:05 pm


Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets close out a three game road trip tonight against the Spokane Chiefs. It is the teams 5th game in 8 days. The Rockets are coming off two games in Victoria, winning Monday (5-2) before losing Tuesday evening (6-2) in the rematch. The Rockets and Chiefs are meeting for the third time this season. The Rockets are 0-2-0-0 in the seasonal series, losing by scores of 5-0 and 5-4. Leif Mattson leads the Rockets in the two games with 0+4=4 while Alex Swetlikoff has 2+1=3. James Porter and Roman Basran have both seen action on both games. Porter has been tagged with both losses but has better numbers with a goals against average of 2.91. The Rockets are 6 for 7 on the penalty kill against the Chiefs, who visit Prospera Place one more time on March 13th.  Following tonight’s game, the Rockets host Kamloops tomorrow night in a clash of two teams hunting down third place in the BC Division. The Blazers are only four points back of the Rockets with three games in hand. Overall, the Rockets are 8-12-2-1 in 23 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 20-19-4-1 in 44 games under head coach Adam Foote.


Who’s Hot:.Kyle Topping has 5+13=18 in his last 14 games…Leif Mattson has 2+7=9 in his last 7   games….Alex Swetlikoff has 2+5=7 in his last 7 games….Nolan Foote has 8+4=12 in his last 14 games….Lassi Thomson has 7+3=10 in his last 15 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 10 games…Nolan Foote has a shot on goal in every game he has played this season.


Broadcasters Notebook: Liam Kindree is playing in his 100th career game tonight. Kindree returned to the line-up Tuesday after missing 9 games with a broken nose. Kindree had 1 assists in his return….Kyle Topping’s next assist will be the 100th of his career…Five Kelowna Rockets prospects are participating in the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. February 15th to March 3rd. Among those participating is 15 year-old Trevor Wong, a first round bantam pick in 2018….Defenceman Shael Higson played in his 300th career game Monday in Victoria….The Rockets have 10 games left in the regular season. Of those 10, 7 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 15 of the last 22 games…The Rockets are 5-10-1-0 in 16 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 3 more games against US Division rivals with two games against Spokane and Portland.…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 nine-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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