By Erin Knutson
The Columbia Valley Rockies hit the ice this past weekend for their sixth home game of the season Saturday, October 21st against the Nelson Leafs, following Friday’s cancellation against the Fernie Ghostriders due to the recent tragedy in Fernie (see story, page 3).
With Saturday being the ninth game in the season, the Rockies redeemed themselves from their performance against The Beaver Valley Nighthawks the weekend prior, despite losing in overtime to the Leafs, with a final score of 5-4.
Dace Prymak scored the first goal of the game at the top of the fi rst period setting the tone for a tense and well-played effort, with the D-Zone stepping up and goalie Parker Waseylenko hitting his mark consistently throughout the evening.
The Rockies demonstrated that they can come back from a slow weekend while walking the walk of strengthening their D-zone, a major concern from the prior game, according to team captain Cooper Krauss.
Mr. Krauss confirmed they would be working on defence strategies in practice and it paid off Saturday with the players bringing a level of energy that made for an entertaining game.
Head coach Wade Dubliewicz was concerned with the D-zone, and the physicality and mentality of his team going into Saturday’s game, but after regrouping at practice they came out in full force, giving the Leafs a run for their money.
The Leafs got a couple of goals in the second period, with the score coming to a close 3-2 at the top of the third period.
The outcome seemed uncertain as the Leafs pulled ahead to 4-2 at 11:49 of the third period, but the Rockies hit them full force with Ryan Skytt tipping the scales to 4-3 at 8:33.
Heart was a major component from the players on Saturday, as Colby Sherlock scored the goal that brought the teams into overtime with a score of 4-4 with four minutes left in the game.
As both teams faced off in overtime, the Rockies gave it their all, refusing to let any goals into the net as they battled it out for a win.
It was a tense fourth period and as the clock wound down, neither team was willing to budge, and the game went into a fifth period.
Rockies fans waited on pins and needles for the outcome with the Leafs sneaking a goal in, in a game that seemed to be stuck at an unbreakable tie.
Though it was disappointing to see the Rockies lose that final goal, it was evident they played a great game and their efforts to move ahead, score more goals and to bring it, were in full swing in a performance the Rockies and their coaches can be proud of.