Game Day: Rockets open weekend in Vancouver

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Rockets @ Giants

Friday March 1, 2019

Game Time – 7:30 pm


Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets open the month of March with a game against the Vancouver Giants. These two teams will meet again two weeks from tonight here at the Langley Events Centre before closing out the regular season a night later, March 16th, at Prospera Place. The Rockets are just 1-5-0-0 in the opening 6 games in the seasonal set. The Giants have shut out the Rockets twice this season by scores of 5-0 and 2-0. The Rockets have scored just 7 goals in those 6 games. The Rockets have just 1 power play goals in 23 chances (4.8%) against the G-Men. Leif Mattson has 0+6=6 in the six games with Kyle Topping scoring three of the clubs 7 goals. Roman Basran has played in all 6 games, posting a goals against average of 2.86 and a save percentage of .912. Overall, the Rockets are 10-12-2-1 in 25 games since the Christmas break. The Rockets are 22-19-4-1 in 45 games under head coach Adam Foote. Following tonight’s game, the Rockets host the Portland Winterhawks in back-to-backs games tomorrow night and Sunday. The Rockets are in Kamloops a week from tonight to face the Blazers in the fight for third in the BC Division.


Who’s Hot:.Kyle Topping has 5+13=18 in his last 16 games…Leif Mattson has 3+8=11 in his last 9   games….Alex Swetlikoff has 3+5=8 in his last 9 games….Nolan Foote has 10+4=14 in his last 16 games….Lassi Thomson has 7+3=10 in his last 17 games …The Rockets have points in 15 of their last 22 home games (12-7-3-0). Mark Liwiski has 6+2=8 in his last 12 games…Shael Higson has 1+3=4 in his last 7 games…Nolan Foote has a shot on goal in every game he has played this season.


Broadcasters Notebook: The Rockets have 8 games left in the regular season. Five of the 8 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 9-12-1-0 in 22 games since January 5th….Kyle Topping’s next assist will be the 100th of his career…The team has been out-shot in 16 of the last 23 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 12-14-2-1 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 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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