Submitted by Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies split the weekend games and hosted the most successful Columbia Valley Rockies Pond Hockey Tournament ever (see photos page 24).
The Columbia Valley Rockies went on the road to Creston and came back with a huge two points on Friday, January 25th.
The Rockies took to the ice and pressured Creston immediately. On a power play 4:07 into the game, Chase Hawkins ripped one into the net on a nice dish from Jesse Karr and Loclyn Kabatoff. However the home team would answer three minutes later. The Rockies were determined and Fraser McMann – on a beauty feed from Carter Beston-Will and Connor Davison – put the Rockies back in the driver’s seat leading 2-1. Again the home team dug deep and responded. The end result was that period one ended at a two-all draw.
Both teams had chances in the second but neither was able to solve the riddle and find the twine.
The scoring in the third started 50 seconds in with Eric Lloyd with help from Mr. Beston-Will and Mr. McMann dampening the spirit of the home crowd. The Rockies then went into a team effort and pressed hard. They were rewarded with a huge win and two points as the game ended 3-2.
Back at Kinsmen Beach the Rockies Pond Hockey tournament was in full swing under the lights with 20 teams battling out for supremacy on wonderful and picturesque Lake Windermere. The fire pits were glowing and the teams and fans were cheering as the festival atmosphere took grip on all the participants and attendees.
On Saturday, January 26th the Rockies hosted Revelstoke in a rare crossover game. Revelstoke leads their division by a long shot and is currently second overall in the league. This would be a challenge for the ages! All of the teams from the pond hockey tournament were hosted by the Rockies this night.
When the first period opened, both teams faced determined opponents. They went back and forth with great defence and some glorious opportunities for the Rockies, but the puck did not cross the red line and find twine. Period one ended with no goals.
The second period saw the visitors take the lead on a power play and then add another a couple minutes later. The Rockies had many chances but puck luck was not on their side. Period two ended with Rockies down by 2.
The third period had the home crowd pressing hard, and their fans were treated to a wonderful effort. Again the hockey gods seemed to be looking the other way for the Rockies as they had many chances and hit the goal posts a couple times.
Finally after the Rockies pulled their goalie with just over a minute left Mr. Hawkins sniped one to the roof of the net on a feed from Mr. Carr, bringing the score to 2-1 visitors. However it was not to be. Revelstoke scored an open netter 30 seconds later silencing the building for a few seconds. Then the crowd cheered and saluted the home team as the boys were rewarded by the crowd for a terrific effort. Soon the puck luck will change, and the crowd was bringing that on.
The Rockies will be back at home in the Eddie Mountain Arena on Friday, February 1st against Kimberley and then again Saturday, Febuary 2nd when they host Nelson. There are only four more home games this season so come on out and support the team!
The Columbia Valley Rockies also want to the thank all the teams that participated in the annual Pond Hockey Tournament.
A special shoutout to Rhonda Sage and her marvellous team of volunteers. Thank you all volunteers. And cheers to the Invermere Fire Department as they came down every night to help flood the ice. Thank you!