Game Day Preview: Rockets @ AmericansNov 17, 2012 - 13:36 GMT
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Kelowna Rockets (12-7-1-1, 26 pts) at Tri-City Americans (14-7-1-1, 30 pts)
Toyota Center, Kennewick, 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870
Watch: WHL Live
Kelowna: 3-2 Loss at Tri-City
Tri-City: 3-2 Win vs. Kelowna
Kelowna: Myles Bell, 12G-17A--29PT; Zach Franko 9G-11A--20PT; Colton Sissons 9G-11A-20PT
Tri-City: Justin Feser, 15G-13A--28PT; Brian Williams 8G-6A--14PT; Malte Strömwall 7G-7A--14PT
The Americans are playing back to back home games against the Kelowna Rockets. The Americans are coming off of a come from behind victory against the Rockets 3-2, scoring three goals in the third period. Tri-City has played all six of its games at home during November and is 5-1 with the lone loss coming last Friday against Everett 3-0. The line of Malte Strömwall, Brian Williams and Justin Feser has combined for 13 goals and 14 assists during the month and each of them have a point in the first four wins during November. Kelowna was on a five game winning streak entering this game and was the first team to beat the Blazers in regulation earlier in the month. Colton Sissons is the captain of the team. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft last season and has nine goals and 11 assists so far this season. Myles Bell is the statistical leader for the Rockets with 12 goals and 17 assists. He leads all defenseman in points and goals and is tied for the league lead in assists. These two teams split the season series last year, with both teams winning two games at home. The Americans played their final pre-season game against the Rockets which was an 8-1 loss.
Players to Watch
D Ryan Olsen: Olsen scored the second goal of the game last night for the Rockets and is having a solid November recording four goals.
C Colton Sissons: The Nashville Predator’s second round draft pick had an assist in last night’s game and led the team with four points against the Americans last season.
G Eric Comrie: Comrie was stellar between the pipes, turning in a 41 save performance last night which helped propel the Americans to the 3-2 victory.
RW Beau McCue: McCue is a 17-year-old rookie from Montana who has come on strong so far in November with two goals and and two assists in five games and leads Ams rookies in scoring.
Keys to the Game
Redemption: The bitter taste of last night’s loss is something that the Kelowna Rockets will be looking to shake off in this game. They will be looking to start out as dominant as they were during the first two periods and then shut the door in the third period to avenge last night’s loss.
Slow Start: The Americans have not been so good when playing from behind besides last night. The Americans are 2-5 when heading into the third period trailing and are 4-6-1-1 when letting their opponent score first.
Kelowna: Nov. 23 vs. Regina
Tri-City: Nov. 23 vs. Spokane
Game Day Promotions
It’s another Coors Light Super Cold Saturday when the Americans and Rockets face-off again, this time on Hawthorne Court Night, presented by URock Radio, KNDU-TV and MOM Magazine. The first 1,000 fans will receive a 2013 Americans Calendar, courtesy of Ranch and Home. It’s another Jack in the Box Rock the Rink Saturday Night, with student ticket discounts available at the Toyota Center box office, simply by showing your valid student card. It’s also KNDU Coats for Kids Night and fans are encouraged to bring their donation of new and gently used children’s clothing to help local children in need of warm coats and winter wear. Fans who donate at the game can receive ticket discounts at the Toyota Center box office. KNDU Coats for Kids…Warm a Child, Warm a Heart! It’s also Medical and Dental Professional’s Night with the Americans…contact the office today to see how you can get your medical or dental office involved in the festivities. Intermission fun includes an on-ice performance by the All American Spirit, followed by Fred Meyer’s Turkey Bowling and Ranch and Home’s Chuck-A-Puck. And, ladies, you can’t afford to miss our annual post-game Fred Meyer Turkey Shoot, where all women in attendance are invited down to the ice to take a shot on goal. Make it in the net and walk away with a coupon for a FREE turkey, courtesy of Fred Meyer, while supplies last!