The Columbia Valley Rockies hit the ice this past weekend for their 18th game of the season Saturday, November 4th against the Grand Forks Border Bruins, following Friday’s 3-2 loss at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena against the Castlegar Rebels.
After a great game on Friday, the Rockies nailed it Saturday, with a 9-2 win against the Bruins.
The Rockies played a fast game and brought a level of intensity with them at Saturday’s game, demonstrating mastery of the skills they’ve been working on in practice.
“They did extremely well from the drop of the puck — we came in strong early and we built on that confidence,” head coach Wade Dubliewicz told the Pioneer.
Mr. Dubliewicz commented that he was pleased with the performance of his players and had trouble naming the individuals that stood out.
“They all did good and they did so well on Friday against a tough team and we outscored the Rebels, and we could have easily won, this is probably the best week we’ve had so far,” he said. “We made two average decisions in the third period against the Rebels that cost us and because they were so potent they were able to capitalize on those chances.”
The team was on fire Saturday, making quick decisions under pressure, a strategy that Mr. Dubliewicz has been beefing up to get his players up to speed for the rest of the season.
“That leads to everywhere on the ice, it leads to a transition, it leads to a quick defence, it leads to supporting your teammates with a puck and those changes all came together on the weekend,” said Mr. Dubliewicz of the mental toughness his players are bringing to the game.
Moving forward, things are looking up for the team, and if they keep this momentum they will have a chance at a great standing with the upcoming schedule being advantageous to them according to Mr. Dubliewicz.
“I really like our schedule this month and if we do the things we really need to do, this should be the turning point of the season, where we trend upwards and continue in the upward trend,” he said. We’ve had our ups and downs as a group but I feel that they are getting what I’m laying down.”
The Rockies will be playing five of six home games against teams that are close to them in the standings over the rest of November.
“It gives us the ability to either let teams hang around or create a gap between us and them,” he said.