Game Day: Rockets look to bounce back

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Rockets vs. Winterhawks

Saturday March 2, 2019

Game Time – 7:05 pm


Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets host the Portland Winterhawks in the third of four meetings this season. The Rockets suffered back-to-back 3-0 and 4-2 losses on November 10th and 11th. These two teams meet against tomorrow afternoon at 5 pm. The Rockets are coming off a 7-4 loss last night in Vancouver. Nolan Foote scored his 32nd and 33rd goals of the season while Mark Liwiski (10th) and Alex Sweltikoff (4th) also scored in the teams’ 30th loss of the season. James Porter allowed 4 goals on 27 shots before being replaced by Roman Basran, who allowed two goals the rest of the way. Overall, the Rockets are 10-13-2-1 in 26 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 22-20-4-1 in 46 games under head coach Adam Foote. Following two games against the Winterhawks, the team travels to Kamloops Friday night in a fight for third place in the BC Division.


Who’s Hot: Liam Kindree is riding a four game point streak. Kindree has 0+4=4 over that period…Kyle Topping has 5+13=18 in his last 17 games…Leif Mattson has 3+9=12 in his last 10   games….Alex Swetlikoff has 4+5=9 in his last 10 games….Nolan Foote has 12+4=16 in his last 17 games….Lassi Thomson has 7+5=12 in his last 18 games …The Rockets have points in 15 of their last 22 home games (12-7-3-0). Mark Liwiski has 7+2=9 in his last 13 games…Shael Higson has 1+3=4 in his last 8 games…Nolan Foote has a shot on goal in every game he has played this season.


Broadcasters Notebook: Nolan Foote has 65 career goals, with 31 of them coming on the power play….Foote’s 33rd goal last night matches the same number of goals Jamie Benn scored with the Rockets at the same age back in 2007-2008….Foote has scored a goal in four straight games….Leif Mattson has 21 goals, with 14 of those coming on the road. The last 9 goals Mattson has scored have all been on the road…. The Rockets have 7 games left in the regular season. Five of the 7 are on home ice…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 were 6-5-0-0 in 11 games in February….The team is 9-13-1-0 in 23 games since January 5th….Kyle Topping’s next assist will be the 100th of his career…The team has been out-shot in 17 of the last 24 games…The Rockets are 6-10-1-0 in 17 games against a US Division team this season. Three of the six wins have come against Tri City with two victories 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 12-15-2-1 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 10-13-1-0 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: February 23, 2019 vs. Blazers (2-0 W – Roman Basran 18 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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