Submitted by Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies took to the ice Friday, October 4th against the Kimberley Dynamiters.
The Rockies were determined to continue their momentum from last Saturday night, and once the puck dropped the team had the jump on the visitors. Play was very even with both teams having a number of solid scoring opportunities. The Rockies hit a goalpost early, but the visitors hit the scoreboard first.
With 7:55 left in the first, Colby Phillips evened the score for the home team Rockies as he was set up nicely by Caileb Berge with help from Tristan Lambert. The Rockies started to press hard, and it looked like your home team was going to add to the score. Alas it was not to be as the visitors put another one in with the first period coming to an end and the visitors holding a 2-1 lead. The crowd, however, was pulling for the Rockies and the momentum as the teams went to the dressing room after period one was in the Rockies’ favour.
The second period had the Rockies pressing hard until they ran into penalty problems. With a major and two more penalties while shorthanded the Rockies were down to three men defending for more than four minutes. Play was dominated by the visitors, but the Rockies threw their bodies and blocked everything whilst goalie Bretton Park shut the door for a good portion of the challenge. Kimberley was able to get one past. That was answered with a shorthanded goal by the Rockies’ Zachery Dovichak with help from Payton Wright and Owen Hughes. The teams left the ice with the visitors up by one at 3-2.
In the third period the Rockies again had a bounce in their step as they took the ice. As the period continued on the effort to defend, all the shorthanded challenges in the second took their toll. The visitors netted two more with the Rockies unable to answer the call this night.
It was a very entertaining and evenly-played game and demonstrated the parity that exists in this league. The Rockies’ fans gave the home team boys a terrific send off as they will be on the road the next two weekends.
Your Columbia Valley Rockies host the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday, October 25th at 7:30 p.m.. Then the following night the Princeton Posse will arrive for a 7 p.m. game.
Make sure you come out as you don’t want to miss the most exciting hockey around!