|Kelowna Rockets at Prince George Cougars
TEAM NOTES PREPARED BY REGAN BARTEL OF AM 1150
- Tonight’s Preview: The Kelowna Rockets play game two of a four-game road trip tonight in Prince George. This is the third meeting between the two teams, with the Rockets having played only 11 games this season. The Rockets split a pair of games with the Cougars back on October 4th and 5th with a 2-1 win followed by a 4-1 setback. The teams meet again in 10 days, back at Prospera Place on November 1st. The Rockets are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Kamloops Blazers Saturday night. Kyle Topping scored the lone goal in the teams’ fourth setback of the season. The penalty-killing unit was solid going 7 for 7 against one of the top power-play units in the WHL. Roman Basran was terrific in goal making 37 saves in the one-goal loss. The Rockets are also looking for more success against a BC Division rival with an early-season record of 1-4-1-0 in 6 attempts. This road trip wraps up with two games in Victoria next Tuesday and Wednesday. In November, the Rockets play 7 of 11 games on home ice.
Tale of The Tape
Kelowna Rockets (6-4-1-0 – 13 points)
3rd in B.C. Division | T3rd in Western Conference
Power Play: 13/54 – 24.1% (T2nd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 38/48 – 79.2% (14th in WHL)
Last Ten: 5-4-1-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0
Prince George Cougars (3-7-0-1 – 7 points)
5th in B.C. Division | 7th in Western Conference
Power Play: 6/42 – 14.3% (17th in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 27/34 – 75.0% (18th in WHL)
Last Ten: 3-6-0-1 Streak: 0-2-0-0
- Nolan Named Captain: Nolan Foote was named the 25th captain in franchise history (Tacoma+Kelowna) October 18th. Foote joins brother Cal, who captained the Rockets during the 2017-2018 season. Both are first-round selections of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning too. The Rockets selected Foote in the second round, 42nd overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. This is Foote’s fourth and likely final season in the WHL.
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- Who’s Hot: Forward Pavel Novak has 5+8=13 in 11 games. Novak has five goals in his last 8 games and has points in five of his last seven games…Liam Kindree has 1+3=4 in his last four games…Kyle Topping has points in 7 of the 11 games he has played this season…Nolan Foote has 5 goals in his last five games and has 12 multiple-goal games over his career…Nolan Foote leads the team in shots on goal with 38…Roman Basran has an impressive stat line with a goals-against-average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .926.
- Broadcasters Notebook: Equipment Manager Chaydyn Johnson is a member of the off-ice staff for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat and Swift Current, November 2nd to 9th. Johnson is behind the bench of Team Red ….Nolan Foote, Dillon Hamaliuk and Kaedan Korczak have been named to Team WHL for the upcoming Canada-Russia Series next month. Those three will compete in two games against the touring Russian Selects in games in Prince Albert and Saskatoon…Pavel Novak is a ‘C’ prospect for next June’s NHL Draft. Those rankings released by NHL Central Scouting. A ‘C’ prospect is regarded as a player selected between the 5th and 7th round. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Montreal…The Rockets organization has the bragging rights of having 14 former players start the season on an NHL roster. That is the most of any team in the WHL, with Brandon next at 10 and Portland with 9 alumni….The Rockets have the second-most games played by alumni in the NHL of any team in the Canadian Hockey League. Only the London Knights of the OHL have more….The Rockets are 6-4-1-0 after 11 games this season. It took the team 16 games last season to reach six victories.…Kyle Topping played in his 200th career WHL game October 4th in Prince George….Roman Basran has started in nine of eleven games this season.
You can listen to the game on AM 1150, watch on WHL Live or follow the Rockets Twitter for live updates.