By Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies picked up one point and moved into fourth place as puck luck evaded the team.
The Rockies welcomed the Grand Forks Border Bruins into the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Friday night in front of a hometown crowd of more than 400 people. They were also thrilled to host the students and staff from Edgewater Elementary school who were treated to a very entertaining game. The first period had both teams moving the puck back and forth with neither team able to dominate. The visitors were able to take a lead into the dressing room after the first period with a power play goal and the Rockies had the edge in shots with a 9 to 7 margin.
Forty-five seconds into the second the Rockies would erupt the home crowd as Alex Novakowski scored, from Zachery Dovichak and Kyle Boudreau, bringing the teams even. However the visitors were able to answer again 8 minutes later. The Rockies would then take to the power play and give the hometown crowd a gift as Caileb Berge found the twine on a sweet dish from Benjamin Lake and Jace Paarup. The Rockies would take the lead as Hunter Becket was rewarded for his determination from Colby Philips and Caileb Berge. However the visitors were able to answer with two more goals in the period with a heart breaker at 20 seconds left.
The third saw a determined Rockies team take the ice and an unassisted shorthanded goal by Payton Wright on the penalty kill drew the teams to a tie. On the power play with 12 minutes left the visitors would take the lead again. However the Rockies were able to answer on their own power play at the 4:47 mark with a goal by Caileb Berge on assists by Jace Paarup and Nikolas Scheiwiller, again bringing the teams to a tie. With 25 seconds left in the period the Rockies would go on the power play with a chance to thrill the crowd. Alas bad puck luck would strike and the Rockies and their fans were heartbroken as the visitors would score a short hander with only 8 seconds left for the win.
On Saturday your Columbia Valley Rockies were out for revenge for the night before. This night would see the Princeton Posse enter the confines of the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. On this evening the Rockies would be hosting the students and staff from Eileen Madson Primary school.
This game would see Casey James Thomson put on a goal tender display for your hometown Rockies. While there was no scoring in the first period, both teams had terrific opportunities. In the second, Caileb Berge from Khale Skinner would give the Rockies and their fans a goal to cheer for. The period would end with the Rockies up by 1. The third period saw the Princeton team pressing and with 3:24 in the game they got a fortunate bounce to tie the game.
With the game in overtime, the Rockies held the edge in play and found the goalpost once. On this night though puck luck would bite again, as a fluke shot hit a skate in front of Casey and bounce high into the rafters and players on both teams had no idea where it was. When it flittered down it landed behind Casey and agonizingly slowly rolled into the Rockies’ net – it was a heartbreaker.
The Rockies picked up one point on the weekend and moved into 4th place with two games in hand.
The Rockies’ next home games will be November 8th and 9th against Fernie and Summerland. Come on out and cheer your hometown team on!