By Erin Knutsen
The Columbia Valley Rockies hit the ice this past weekend for their second home game of the season Friday, September 22nd against the Kimberley Dynamiters, proving their mettle with a 6-2 win.
With Friday being their third game in the season, head coach Wade Dubliewicz was thrilled with the outcome. It was the first win for the Rockies.
“There’s a lot of things we’re working on but first and foremost our work ethic. We applied some systems and we recognized when we can be aggressive and it made a massive difference,” said Mr. Dubliewicz.
The Rockies dominated the game, scoring consecutive goals in the first period and coming on strong in the second and third periods, leaving the Dynamiters trailing behind. The Dynamiters eventually squeezed two goals in at the tail end of the game.
Rockies players Dace Prymak and Butterwick stepped it up and kept a fast pace throughout the game, working solidly as a pair.
“They’re very fast players and they play at a high pace and they’re soaking up what we’re trying to give them and it’s helping,” said Mr. Dubliewicz.
The game got heated when Rockies player Seth Summers came out swinging against his Dynamite opponent.
“They were tangled up with each other and it went on for seven or eight seconds and I think the heat of the moment got to them and they decided to go,” said Mr. Dubliewicz.
Summers had a victorious attitude following the fight, gesturing to his teammates as he left the ice with a smile on his face, an attitude that Mr. Dubliewicz acknowledges is part of the sport.
“They’re kids, they’re caught in the moment, and it’s fun to see when you’re on the good end of it and it’s not fun to see when you’re not,” he said.
Mr. Dubliewicz also spoke on Rockies player Mike Dyck who began with a bit of a slow start.
“Michael’s had a bit of a slow season but he’s potentially our best player and we tried to fit him with a couple of guys that would work. And, obviously, tonight we finally found the chemistry we wanted and Michael was a force.”
The strength of the team was evident as the strategic efforts in practice, clearly paid off at Friday’s game.
“I’m very happy. We expected this result from day one, and it’s taken us probably about two weeks to get the kids to a place where they understand that work ethic needs to be a constant and special things happen after that,” said Mr. Dubliewicz.