The Columbia Valley Rockies hit the ice this past weekend for their fifth home game of the season Saturday, October 14th against The Beaver Valley Nighthawks, following an away game with The Fernie Ghostriders on Friday, October 13th.
The Beaver Valley Nighthawks were a powerhouse, scoring the first goal in the game, and continuing with that momentum throughout the night, defeating the Rockies 4-0.
With Saturday being the ninth game in the season, head coach Wade Dubliewicz, acknowledged that work needs to continue in the D-zone.
“The past couple of games haven’t been great – we were a little mentally and physically slow all weekend and I can’t totally pinpoint it. Our game plan was to physically punish Beaver Valley all night and we had periods that we did that but we didn’t do it consistently,” said Mr. Dubliewicz.
The Rockies played hard in the third period, picking up speed and getting a lot of shots on The Nighthawks but it wasn’t enough to tip the scales.
“We had a lot of good chances and we could have easily gotten three or four goals in the third period, so I have to give their goalie credit, he did pretty well, and really simple mental mistakes cost us,” he said.
After the loss, and a bit of a disappointing weekend, Mr. Dubliewicz confirmed that the team will be getting back at it in practice.
“We’re going to regroup and we’re going to get back to work on Monday — I feel like we should have gotten more goals tonight if our effort had been a little bit better and if our attention to detail was better,” he said.
The team can only go up from here and they will be refocusing their efforts according to team captain Cooper Krauss,
“We weren’t making the simple plays and we were trying to do to much instead of trying to get the puck,” said Mr. Krauss.
Our goal from here on out is to start winning more, compete harder, and to work on the little things that will make our team better.”
Strengthening the D-zone is one of the things the team will be working on.
“Instead of trying to make a hard pass through two guys, we’ll make a simple chip off the boards, just to get it out,” he said.
The Nighthawks are a physical team and they are tough competition.
With a few adjustments, Mr. Krauss acknowledged the Rockies will be able to take them head on and redeem themselves.
“They’re a physical team and they’re not a fun team to play against but we can definitely beat them.”
The next home game for the Rockies is Friday, October 20th against the Fernie Ghostriders. For more Rockies information, check out www.rockieshockey.ca/.