Beyond the Blue Line

By Stephanie Stevens

Both versions of the Columbia Valley Rockies were busy last weekend, with the “big” Rockies in Fernie facing down the division-leading Ghostriders and the Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association Under 13 Rockies hosting the U13 home tournament at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

In Fernie, head coach Tyler Sincennes said the game started out really well. 

“I was really happy with how we started. We came out flying and created lots of turnovers,” he said. “The second period was an emotional letdown and we let the game get away from us worrying about the wrong things and taking too many penalties.”

While the game ended 3-2 in the ‘Riders’ favour, Sincennes said the team rallied and had a really strong third period.

Ben Sharp scored in the first period (assist from Johnny Lozeman) and the third period was Carter Velker unassisted. 

The Fernie game was also Kyran Gromnisky’s 100th game as a Rockie. 

At home, the U13 Rockies took fourth place in the tournament that saw teams from the Kootenay area as well as teams from Alberta. 

The team from Fort Macleod ultimately took home the win.

“Our team has come a long way and we are starting to look for one another and head man the puck,” said head coach Steve Bush, adding that a passing team is a better team.

“It’s always great at the home tournament because the players love having the big dressing room. It makes them feel proud.”

Bush noted the team leadership has also developed well. 

“Pistol Keith, Hudson Lapointe and Emerson Johnson have emerged as our leaders and they’re learning about the responsibilities of their new roles.”

The U13 Rockies’ lone goaltender Jack Hildes was in net for the entire weekend, including a 3-0 shutout against the Calgary team that earned him player of the game.

The “big” Rockies are back in the Eddie this Friday, Feb. 2 taking on the Kimberley Dynamiters in trying to edge the Kimberley team aside and take back their second place spot in the Eddie Mountain Division. 

(Photo by Stephanie Stevens)