By Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies looked at this weekend set of home games to establish consistency and draw a big home crowd.
The Fernie Ghostriders entered the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena holding 1 point lead in the standings as the puck was dropped. The first period had your Rockies dominating early play but alas the puck breaks were not there as they hit a goalpost early. It would be the visitors who drew first in this contest at the 11:49 mark. That seemed to take a little steam out of your Columbia Rockies but they were able to tie it up on the power play three minutes later with a beauty by Gavin Fleck on a couple crisp passes from Nikolas Scheiwiller and Mason Robinson.
The second period opened slowly for the Rockies as they were on their heels and few mistakes led to the visitors taking a 2 goal lead.
The third period had both teams moving the puck well but the visiting team went into a defensive style of play making it difficult to get any momentum. On a turnover in the Rockies end at the 11 minute mark the Riders took a 3 goal lead. This time instead of having the momentum leave – your Rockies dug deep and took the play to the visitors. Less than 2 minutes later Gavin Fleck on a nifty dish from Ryland Hornung and Jonathan Milligan brought the score to within 2. Despite pressuring the Riders, the Rockies were able to only put one more in the net as Jace Paarup was set up from Brennan Nelson as the Rockies had pulled their goalie. Game ends 4-3, with the Rockies leaving disappointed.
Saturday night your Columbia Valley Rockies were determined to show the home crowd the skills they have this year. The atmosphere in the Eddie Mountain Memorial arena even felt different as the teams took to the ice. On this night your Rockies had their foot on the accelerator and never took it off. Play was dominated by the Rockies. Had it not been for outstanding play by the visiting team goalie this would have been much worse for the visitors, the Castlegar Rebels. The score after one was 1 – 0 for your Rockies on a goal by Khale Skinner from Ryland Hornung and Benjamin Lake on a Rockies Power Play. Shots on goal 16 to 9 for Rockies!
The second period had the dam break and your Rockies dominated the play beginning with a shorthanded goal by Colby Philips from Mason Robinson and Tristan Lambert. Six minutes later the Rockies hard work was rewarded with another goal by Colby Philips this time providing the feed were Jonathan Milligan and Tristan Lambert. The Rockies closed out scoring in the second with a nice goal by Khale Skinner from Kyle Boudreau. Rockies up 4-0.
The third period started with the highlight goal of the season. In the Rockies end Kyle Boudreau chipped it to Gareth Nichols who handed it to Jonathan Milligan on the Rockies blue line. A nifty move left one defending forward looking backwards as Jonathan headed up ice. As he gathered speed two defencemen were waiting but a quick flip pass to himself had one defender bewildered as he was reaching for nothing but air seeing Jonathan fly by. The goalie was then fooled with an inside out move that still has him wondering where the puck went and how it got in behind him. Four minutes later on the power play Gavin Fleck added the 6th goal of the night from Colby Phillips. Shots on goal ends 49 – 22 in favour of your Columbia Valley Rockies.
Your Columbia Valley Rockies host the Kimberley Dynamiters Friday October 4th at 7:30 p.m. Make sure you come out as you don’t want to miss the most exciting hockey around!