Submitted by Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies split the weekend on the road against three teams in the Okanagan division and came home with three points.
The Rockies started one of the longest road trips of the season facing off against the Princeton Posse on Friday, October 19th. Gavin Fleck, with help from Dace Prymak and Logan MacDonald, opened the scoring midway through the first putting the Rockies up 1 – 0 against the hometown team. That was all the scoring in the first period.
When the second period began the Rockies found themselves shorthanded, picking up five penalties and giving up two goals on the penalty kill. The third period found the boys settling down to a more even play but surrendering one more goal leaving the barn 3-1 and heading to Osoyoos for Saturday’s game.
Saturday’s game was more rugged with both teams taking out frustrations and seeing short-handed play. Rockies quickly opened the scoring 30 seconds in on a nice shot from Connor Davison after Fraser McMann fed him the puck. As the period was winding down Connor Woodworth scored his first KIJHL goal assisted by Zachary Giacobbo and Joshua Antunes. The Osoyoos Coyotes battled back in the second and tied things up.
The teams pressed each other in the third and traded power-play goals with the Rockies scoring with 1:48 remaining in the third by Gavin Fleck on a nice dish from Dylan Fontaine sending the game into overtime. The first overtime saw many great chances by your Rockies but to no avail. In the second overtime the Coyotes were able to hold off the Rockies and take the game 4-3.
On Sunday afternoon the Rockies were not to be denied as they entered their game against the North Okanagan Knights with retribution on their minds. Chase Hawkins, with help from Ryan Skytt, put the visitors up 1-0. In the second period the Rockies were imposing their will on the Knights and saw Kale Hawryluk with help from Connor Davison and Greg Parker with help from Loclyn Kabatoff and Hunter Becket put the Rockies up 3-0. The hometown team valiantly tried to battle back but your Rockies stood firm and the second ended 3-2 Rockies.
In the third the Rockies utilized their speed and defensive system to press the Knights. In the Rockies net Ben Kelsch shut and locked the door and threw away the key, ensuring the Knights would be heartbroken in front of their hometown crowd. Rockies won 3-2 and took three points on the road swing
The Rockies now go on the road for a game against division rivals the Golden Rockets on Saturday, October 27th. The Rockies next home game will be Saturday, November 3rd when the Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town.