Beyond the Blue Line

By Stephanie Stevens

Winning is the one of the best feelings a team can have. 

But sometimes a loss is what teaches the most important lessons. 

The Columbia Valley Rockies found themselves on both ends of the spectrum last weekend with a win against the Nelson Leafs on Friday, Nov. 3 and a shutout loss to the Castlegar Rebels Nov. 4. 

Friday’s win was a well matched game, with no scoring until the second period when Tysin Mulligan opened it up (assists from Carter Velker and Danny Schmirler). The Leafs tied it up shortly before the end of the second period, but Mulligan’s second goal of the night (unassisted) won the game for the Rockies. 

Saturday’s tilt with the Rebels, however, was a bitter pill to swallow. 

“I think there is a lot to learn from a game like that,” said head coach and general manager Tayler Sincennes. “We were right there and kind of lost our cool with a couple of bad bounces and it threw us off. 

We need to stay more in the moment and not worry about the little things out of our control.” 

The Rockies host the Fernie Ghostriders on Nov. 9 in the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena and on Nov. 10 the Kimberley Dynamiters will be in town to try their luck.  The Rockies head on the road for the weekend, with 100 Mile House and Kamloops on the map. 

First it was a win against the Nelson Leafs, then a shutout loss to the Castlegar Rebels. Here, is this a new kind of meditative yoga for Rockies’ goal scorer Tysin Mulligan?
(Photo by Stephanie Stevens)