By Nikki Fredrikson
Special to the Pioneer
What started as a back to back game weekend for the Rockies resulted in one game after the Creston Valley Thunder Cats cancelled Saturday, February 10th game last minute. The Rockies travelled to Beaver Valley on Friday to take on the NiteHawks but despite their best efforts fell 5-3.
The NiteHawks earned the lead early on in the game with four goals scored in the first period of action. Hunter Beckett scored the Rockies first goal of the night at 9:22 of the first period with assistance from teammate Robert Butterwick.
The second period proved to be a stalemate until 7:42 when Kade Garritty and Ryan Skytt were able to set up Tyler Nypower for the team’s second goal. Just 41 seconds later the NiteHawks answered back with a goal from Erik Bocale this would be the team’s fifth and final goal of the night. Robert Butterwick found the back of the net at 3:25 of the second period which brought the game to its final score of 5-3.
The Columbia Rockies coaches started goaltender Ben Kelsch in net, the 19-year-old goaltender made 33 saves throughout the game.
As Creston cancelled Saturday’s game the two teams will have a rescheduled match on Tuesday, February 13th. They last faced off January 27th at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena where the Rockies came out on top with a 4-2 victory.
Throughout the season Rockies coaches have been making adjustments to their systems to see what works against the Thunder Cats and what doesn’t. The coaches chose to make changes for each game against Creston in anticipation that they would face the team in the first round of playoffs.
Looking forward to the next two weeks the Rockies will be as busy as ever. With games against Creston on Tuesday, Golden on Wednesday, February 14th and Kimberley on Friday, February 16th, before taking on Creston in the first round of playoffs Friday, February 23rd.
Despite the Pioneer’s efforts to reach Head Coach Wade Dubielewicz, he was unavailable to make comment on his team’s performance.