Game Day: Rockets look to shut down Blazers in style

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Rockets vs. Blazers

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Game Time – 7:05 pm


Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets face the Kamloops Blazers for the 10th and final time this season. The Rockets are 4-3-1-1 in the opening 9 games following a 2-1 shootout loss last night in Kamloops. Nolan Foote scored the lone goal, his 34th of the season on the power play, in the one-goal loss. Five of the 9 games in the seasonal series have been decided by a single goal with both teams earning wins in overtime. The Rockets need a combination of three wins or Kamloops losses in order to clinch third place in the BC Division and a berth in the 2019 postseason for the 23rd time in the teams’ 24 year history in the Okanagan. Following this game, the Rockets close out the final week of the regular season with a home game against Spokane (Wednesday) and a home-and-home series with the Vancouver Giants to wrap up the 68 games regular season schedule. Overall, the Rockets are 11-13-3-2 in 29 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 23-20-5-2 in 49 games under head coach Adam Foote.

Race for third place: The Rockets have 4 games left in the regular season. They face the Blazers tonight before hosting Spokane and finishing off against Vancouver (twice). The Blazers have 5 games left in the regular season. They face the Rockets tonight before games against Spokane, Victoria and back-to-back games next weekend against the Prince George Cougars.

Who’s Hot: Liam Kindree has points in 5 of his last 7 games. Kindree has 0+5=5 over that period…Kyle Topping has 5+14=19 in his last 20 games…Leif Mattson has 5+10=15 in his last 14 games….Alex Swetlikoff has 5+5=10 in his last 13 games….Nolan Foote has 13+6=19 in his last 20 games….Lassi Thomson has 8+5=13 in his last 21 games …The Rockets have points in 17 of their last 24 home games (13-7-4-0). Mark Liwiski has 7+2=9 in his last 15 games…Shael Higson has 1+5=6 in his last 11 games…Nolan Foote has a shot on goal all but one game this season.


Broadcasters Notebook: Mark Liwiski serves game two of a three-game suspension this evening. Liwiski was suspended for a hit Sunday on Portland Winterhawks forward Seth Jarvis….Lassi Thomson’s 17 goals are one shy of the franchise record for goals by a European d-man. Tomas Slovak holds the record (18 goals) in 2002-2003….Kyle Topping hit the 100 career assist mark Sunday against the Winterhawks……The Rockets are 7-10-2-0 in 19 games against a US Division team this season. Three of the 7 wins have come against Tri-City with one victory over Spokane, Everett, Seattle and Portland….The Rockets have played 20-one-goal games at home this season. Last year they played 15-one goal games at Prospera Place…The team has played in 11-one-goal games on the road…The Rockets are 12-15-2-2 against BC Division teams this season…..Adam Foote was officially named the new head coach of the Kelowna Rockets on October 23, 2018, replacing Jason Smith.,.The Rockets are 10-13-2-0 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 (8): vs. Portland (2-1 L) March 2/2019, 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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