Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Game Report: Kelowna 3 Lethbridge 1

KEL C. Rigby (4) (D. Severson, C. Martin) 13:23
KEL J. Barnett (4) (D. Severson, R. Olsen) 14:12 (PP)

LET C. Sutton (1) (J. Merkley, M. Sofillas) 14:04

KEL C. Heffley (5) 19:48 (EN)

Jordon Cooke 20/21

Ty Rimmer 24/26

1. Carter Rigby LW - Rigby tallied the opening goal on a long range bullet. Rigby went undrafted in the NHL draft last season and has dealt with injuries in the early part of this season. If Rigby can stay healthy, things will set up nicely for him to get drafted the 2nd time around. Kelowna is an emerging team and Rigby figures to take on a power forward scoring role. Scored his first goal in 7 games. Rigby should be a big part of Kelowna's ascension up the standings.
2. Damon Severson D - Severson is really starting to emerge as a quality all around defender. Played a ton tonight, I'd venture a guess and say it was near 30 minutes if not more. Plays in all situation, played on the powerplay, penalty kill, was out their to preserve the Rockets lead and succeeded, although Lethbridge really poured on the pressure at the end. Tallied 2 assists tonight and is a very important piece for the Rockets.

1. Jay Merkley C - Merkley was the best player out of the 2013 draft eligibles tonight. I know that Merkley has some decent offensive skills, but I was impressed with his boardwork and his ability to hound the puck tonight. Played a relentless game without giving up too much of his defensive responsibilities as a center. Merkley tallied a lone assist tonight, but was robbed on a point blank shot by Cooke and hit the post dead on with a shot that could have tied the game.
2. Ryan Pilon D - 2015 NHL draft eligible player is a phenom. Plays the game like he 20 years old, even though he is in reality a fresh faced 16 year old. The best way to describe Pilon's game is that of Wheat Kings defender Ryan Pulock. An all purpose defensman that makes the right plays in all 3 zones. Doesn't quite have the cannon shot that Pulock has, but has an above average shot of his own that is formidable. It will be a treat to watch this kid grow. Lethbridge is a team that will soon be formidable, they have a lot of top notch draft eligibles coming to an NHL rink near you.

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