Game Day: Rockets set to renew rivalry with Royals
Rockets vs. Royals
Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Game Time – 7:05 pm
Game Day Preview: The Kelowna Rockets take a four-game home ice winning streak in tonight’s game against the Victoria Royals. The Rockets have beaten Swift Current (3-2), Prince George (4-3 OTW), Brandon (4-3) and Regina (3-2). Yes, all four games have been decided by a single goal. In fact, of the 10 home games this season, 6 have been decided by one goal. The Royals are making two appearances at Prospera Place in two weeks. Victoria is here again Friday, December 7th. These two teams are a combined 15-0-0-0 when carrying the lead into the third period. The Rockets are 8-0-0-0 when that happens. The Rockets have trailed going into the third period 13 times this season (1-11-1-0). The Rockets are in Everett tomorrow night before closing out the month of November Wednesday against visiting Vancouver. The team heads to Tri-City to face the Americans one week from tonight. The Rockets are 6-3-1-0 in 10 games under Adam Foote. In the opening 10 games under Jason Smith, the team was 2-8-0-0.
Digg’n Deeper: Liam Kindree leads the Rockets with 3+4=7 in the three games in the seasonal series vs. Victoria. Lassi Thomson and Nolan Foote also have 3 goals in the three games…Roman Basran has appeared in two games against the Royals, posting an impressive 2-0-0-0 record with a goals against average of 1.50 and a save percentage of .933….The Rockets power play has been deadly against Victoria with 5 goals in 12 chances, for a whopping efficiency rate of 41.7%.
Broadcasters Notebook: Nolan Foote has the second most goals (15) of any 2000 born player in the WHL. Brett Kemp of Edmonton has 16 goals…Foote has scored 7 home goals and 8 road goals this season…Foote is three points shy (97) of 100 for his career…Kyle Topping plays in his 150th career game tonight…6 of Topping’s 9 goals have come on the road…15 of Topping’s team-leading 28 points have come on the road…Leif Mattson has gone 15 games without a goal… Nolan Foote turns 18 on November 29th …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’ prospects which means they are a second or third round candidate. 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…Leif Mattson earned his 100th career point with an assist Wednesday vs. Regina.
Trade Winds: The Rockets traded 18 year-old Wil Kushniryk to the Tri City Americans October 22, 2018, for a 5th round bantam pick. The Rockets acquired 20 year-old defenceman Dalton Galley October 10, 2018, from Medicine Hat 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 pick. The Rockets acquired 20 year-old Lane Zablocki from Victoria for a conditional 7th round and conditional 4th round bantam draft pick on September 29th.
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: 20 @ Victoria October 19, 2018 (8-2 W)
Last time shut out at home: October 3rd, 2018 vs. Vancouver (5-0 L)
Last time shut out on 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)
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