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GAME DAY: Rockets on the prowl for a win in Prince George

Marissa Baecker

Rockets @ Cougars

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Game Time – 7:05 pm

Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game four of a six-game road trip tonight with a stop in Prince George. The Rockets are 1-2-0-0 after a 3-1 win Friday in Seattle, followed by 3-0 and 4-2 losses in Portland Saturday and Sunday. The Rockets drove all the way from Portland to Prince George for this single game before travelling to Edmonton and Red Deer to close out the trip. The Rockets and Cougars are meeting for the fifth time this season. The Rockets are 2-2-0-0 in the seasonal series, losing the first two games before winning the last two. Leif Mattson (3+3=6) and Kyle Topping (2+4=6) lead the team offensively in the four games. Nolan Foote and Lassi Thomson each have 3 goals against the Cougars. In the big picture, the Rockets are just 8-6-0-0 in their last 14 visits to CN Centre. The Rockets make a return visit on January 11th and 12th.

Broadcasters Notebook: Lassi Thomson is the top scoring defenceman in the WHL with 7+9=16 in 20 games….Lane Zablocki and Kyle Topping lead the team with a +6 rating….Leif Mattson leads the team in shots (75) followed by Nolan Foote (71)…Kyle Topping had his 12 game point streak snapped Saturday night in Portland…Nolan Foote had his 6 game goal scoring streak snapped in that same game….The Rockets are in the midst of playing in 11 games in 22 days to conclude the month of November….Kyle Topping turns 19 on November 18th…Nolan Foote turns 18 on November 29th…Nolan Foote played in both games for Team WHL against the Russian Selects in back-to-back games Monday in Kamloops and Tuesday in Vancouver…The Rockets have 931 wins as a franchise since relocating from Tacoma to Kelowna for the 1995-96 season ….Four members of the Kelowna Rockets have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s November “Players to Watch’ List. Forward Nolan Foote is an ‘A’ prospect, meaning a first-round candidate. Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson are ‘B’ prospect which means he is projected to be selected in the second or third round. Roman Basran is a ‘C’ prospect, which means he could be taken in the third to the seventh round…Adam Foote was officially named the new head coach of the Kelowna Rockets on October 23, 2018, replacing Jason Smith. Foote earned his first WHL coaching victory that night in the Rockets 3-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos. Foote played 1,154 games in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Quebec Nordiques. Foote is also a two time Stanley Cup champion.

Trade Winds: The Rockets traded 18-year-old Wil Kushniryk to the Tri-City Americans on October 22, 2018, for a 5th round bantam pick. The Rockets acquired 20-year-old defenceman Dalton Galley October 10, 2018, from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a 10th round bantam pick. The hockey club acquired 18-year-old forward Michael Farren October 11th from the Saskatoon Blades for a third round WHL bantam pick. The Rockets acquired 20-year-old Lane Zablocki for a conditional 7th round and conditional 4th round bantam draft pick on September 29th.

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: 21 vs. Vancouver October 3rd, 2018 (5-0 L)

Most shots allowed: 50 @ Portland November 10, 2018 (3-0 L)

Fewest shots allowed: 20 @ Victoria October 19, 2018 (8-2 W)

Last time shut out at home: October 3rd, 2018 vs. Vancouver (5-0 L)

Last time shutout on the road: November 10, 2018 @ Portland (3-0 L)

Most power play goals allowed: 4 vs. Seattle October 10th, 2018 (9-6 L). T-Birds were 4/5 on the power play.

Most power play goals scored: 4 @ Victoria October 19, 2018 (8-2 W)

Roster Stats:

Player total: 24

Year by Year Breakdown:

20’s (1998) – 3 Gally, Zablocki, Chizen

19’s (1999) – 5 Topping, Mattson, Gardiner, Bruggen-Cate, Cowell

18’s (2000) – 9 Farren, Thomson, Porter, Foote, Zabransky, Kindree, Brennan, Pow, Steffler,

17’s (2001) – 6 Korczak, Crosbie, Basran, Liwiski, Wilton, Augustine

16’s (2002) – 1 Ernst

Game Notes Compiled by Regan Bartel of AM 1150

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