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Game Day Preview: Americans @ Rockets

Jan 11, 2013 - 11:56 GMT

Friday, January 11, 2013
Tri-City Americans (23-15-1-2, 49 pts) at Kelowna Rockets (30-10-1-1, 62 pts)
Prospera Place, Kelowna, BC; 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870
Watch: Root Sports

Previous Game
Kelowna:
6-1 Win vs. Victoria

Tri-City: 3-1 Win at Kamloops

Point Leaders
Kelowna:
Myles Bell 27G-33A--60PT; Zach Franko 18G-33A--51PT; Ryan Olsen 19G-19A-38PT

Tri-City: Justin Feser 22G-26A--48PT; Malte Strömwall 12G-17A--29PT; Connor Rankin 17G-11A—28PT

Projected Goaltenders
Kelowna:
Jordon Cooke- 31 GP, 75 GA, 2.47 GAA, 0.907 SAV%, 3 SO, 21-8-1-1

Tri-City: Eric Comrie- 37 GP, 95 GA, 2.62 GAA, 0.915 SAV%, 2 SO, 20-14-1-2

Notes
The Americans are wrapping up their four game road trip through British Columbia with a tough test against the Kelowna Rockets. The Americans last played the Rockets on November 28 in Prospera Place, a 3-2 Rockets victory. The Americans lead the season series, earning two 3-2 victories in a row against Kelowna in mid-November in the Toyota Center. But this is a very different team from the one the Americans saw in late November. Kelowna has been on fire since then and is now in first place in the British Columbia Division with 62 points. They are tied for second in the WHL with the Calgary Hitmen for the most points behind the Portland Winterhawks. Kelowna is streaking right now, having won seven in a row overall and 16 in a row at home coming into tonight. They also have a four game win streak going against the Americans in Kelowna. Tri-City comes into the game after earning a 3-1 win over the Kamloops Blazers. Tri-City is 23-36-1-0 all-time at Kelowna. This is the Americans last game of the season against Kelowna.  

Players to Watch
Kelowna:
LW Myles Bell: Bell converted from defenseman to forward, and it is paying off. He leads the team in goals and points and is tied for the team lead in assists, which are all career highs.       

RW Dylen McKinlay: The Minnesota Wild prospect is having a career year with 25 assists and leads the team in +/- with a +32 rating.      
Tri-City:
C Brian Williams: Williams second half point streak came to an end against Kamloops. He had three goals and two assists during the five game point streak.    

D Michal Plutnar: Plutnar is in the midst of a four game point streak with two goals and three assists, including the game tying goal against the Kamloops Blazers.  

Keys to the Game
Rockets Soaring: The Kelowna Rockets are playing great hockey right now, especially at home where they are 17-2 and in the midst of a 16 game win streak. Kelowna has outscored their opponents 94-35 at home. The team has also won seven straight overall, so the Americans will have a tough task ahead of them tonight.       
Road Success: Tri-City has played well on the road this season, going 13-8-1-0 on the road this season. The team is 3-3 against teams in the B.C. Division on the road this season, but that is a good record considering the teams in the B.C. Division has a 53-24-2-2 record at home this season. Tri-City will look to start a road win streak tonight.

Next Game
Kelowna:
Jan. 12 at Vancouver

Tri-City: Jan. 13 vs. Seattle