In Final Stretch: Rockets Inching Closer to Team and Individual Milestones
Despite some late season hiccups, the 2012-2013 version of the Okanagan Rockets has already booked it's spot among the most successful clubs to ever throw on a Rockets jersey.
With a pair of weekend wins over the South Island Royals, the Rockets earned wins 22 and 23 on the season. It's the 2nd most wins ever by a Rockets team, trailing just the 2006-2007 squad that won 27. With 51 points on the year, the Rockets are just 8 behind the club record 59 points in a season. With 12 potential points available to this year's club, the record is certainly in reach.
With 163 goals through 34 games, the Rockets are on pace to hit 191 goals for, just 8 behind the 06-07 team that scored 199. With 6 games to go, an offensive burst here or there could see the Rockets challenge that mark. The Club has also allowed just 89 goals this season, ranking it amongst the best defensive showings ever for the club.
From an individual standpoint, both career and single season marks are being threatened.
Brett Mennear earned 3 points on the weekend and now finds himself just 6 points behind Brett Mulcahy for the all-time Rockets scoring lead. Mennear has 81 points and 6 games remaining. It's worth noting, Mennear is still 3rd on the all-time list as Harlan Orr sits 2nd with 85 points in his 2 year Rockets career.
Rockets captain Branden Wagner is also set to crack the top 5 with 68 points thus far in his Rockets career.
Josh Blanchard is 7 goals behind Parker Bowles record setting mark of 35 in a single season from last year.
With 35 assists on the year, 15 year old Liam Finlay is just 4 behind the single season assist mark set in 2006-2007 by Kyle Fraser who earned 39 helpers that season. Finlay is also having one of the finest seasons ever by a 15 year old rookie for the Rockets. With 43 points already, Finlay trails just Ryan Harrison's 48 points and Curtis Hamilton's 58 points.
Defenceman Alex Gran moved into a tie with Max Mowat with 36 points in a season this weekend against South Island. With a single point, Gran would move past Mowat into 4th, and match the 37 points Liam Gorges put up in 07-08. Matt Ridley holds the single season mark for defencemen with 49 points in the 06-07 season. Gran is already the career leader in points by a Rockets defencemen with 56 and counting, and the franchise leader in games played with 108 and counting.