Submitted by Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies split the weekend games with a huge overtime win on Saturday, October 12th.
The Rockies took to the road this past weekend with their first trip to Beaver Valley to test the mettle of the Nitehawks on Friday, October 11th. The first period had both teams up and down the ice with very even opportunities. The home team was able to pick up the crowd with the first goal about 10 minutes in. That seemed to lift the home squad a bit but the Rockies fought back hard and although the shots on goal were even the Nitehawks squeaked a late goal in and departed the ice up 2-0.
The second period had the Rockies dominating as the home team took 2 early penalties. The Rockies power play delivered a blow with a goal by Tristan Lambert and a nice dish from Jace Paarup in the first minute of the period. The home team halfway through the period scored a shorthanded goal which set the Rockies back a bit. However Mason Robinson from Khale Skinner a minute later seemed to breathe fresh life into the legs of your Rockies. An unfortunate bounce gave the home team another advantage and left the teams heading to the rooms at the end of 2 with the Rockies down by 2. The third did not provide any other breaks for the Rockies as this one would end 5-2 for the Nitehawks.
Saturday night the Rockies were determined to come home with some points as they took to the ice in Castlegar against the Rebels. The Rebels were fresh off a win in Kimberley and determined to keep the momentum going. Your Rockies struck the first blow less than three minutes in with Tristan Lambert finding the back of the twine on a sneaky feed from Loclyn Kabatoff. With 3:50 remaining in the opening period the Rockies took a commanding lead as Khale Skinner on a nice dish from Zachery Dovichek had your Rockies up by two as the period ended.
The second period was fairly even with shots on goal 9-6 in favor of the home team and they were able to narrow the score to 1.
In the third, penalties by the Rockies opened the door for the home team. On a power play early in the third the home team tied it up. Play was even for most of the third until there were 7 minutes remaining. The Rockies took a 5 minute penalty which allowed the home team to pressure for the winning goal. It was not to be for them this night as the Rockies held strong and silenced the home crowd by killing off the penalty and ending the period tied at 3. This gave the Rockies 1 point but they were determined for more.
Overtime is when special stories are made and this night would be no different. Gavin Feck skated up the ice and was determined to score the overtime winner on a feed from Kyle Boudreau. Gavin had recently lost a family member and this night would be the night he would honour that man with a huge goal! There were not many dry eyes on the bench or the ice as the Rockies took this one.
Your Columbia Valley Rockies host the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday Oct. 25 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!