Submitted by Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
Your Columbia Valley Rockies went deep into the north of B.C. this weekend to show their shine in 100 Mile House and then in Kamloops.
Friday, October 18th was a match against the 100 Mile House Wranglers. The first period began with the Rockies trying to ensure their legs were feeling good after a very long bus ride that began at 5:30 a.m. Sides were very even as both teams tried to influence the play. Although there were no goals in the first period, your Rockies gained momentum. The session ended with no scoring and the home team had a small lead in shots on goal 11-7.
The second had the Rockies coming out to show the fans in 100 Mile House what they could do and it was humbling for the home team crowd. A number of excellent passes and breakouts had the Rockies legs get under them and they began to dominate. Brennan Nelson (your new captain) deposited the first puck into the twine for the Rockies on a quick chip from Mason Robinson. Rockies were playing a good road trip game and the period ended 1-0 Rockies in charge.
As the puck was dropped to start the third, the home team managed to slide one by your Rockies 8 minutes in. This seemed to only fire up the Rockies as they dug deep and began to press hard to take the lead again. Five minutes after the home team evened the score the Rockies jumped on a man advantage and played a little tic-tac-toe with their opponents and finished it by burying the puck behind a tired home team goal. It was Zachery Dovichak from Gavin Fleck and Tristan Lambert that had fun with the power play. Rockies up 2-1. The Rockies kept pressing and when the home team pulled their goalie looking to even it up, your Rockies pounced. With 42 seconds left in the game Colby Phillips unassisted scored and lifted the Rockies to a big Road win and a 2 game winning streak!
On Saturday your Rockies started the long drive back with a stop in Kamloops with a plan to damper the upcoming storm. The Kamloops Storm that is. This would be a very even match with both teams able to control the puck. The home team would take a 2-0 lead with goals 4 minutes apart, one of them being a power play goal. The Rockies would not be intimidated though as they dug deep and answered with their own notch on the Power Play with 3 minutes left in the period. It would be Khale Skinner burying it after a slick pass from Jace Paarup who received a quick feed from Owen Hughes. First period would end with the home team crowd smiling as their boys led 2-1.
The second was very even play and had opportunities for both sides. The home team would take a bigger advantage up by 2 as the session came to a close.
Your Rockies in the third came out determined and focused on playing as a team. They had many chances early but could not seem to find the twine. All of that would change on the power play at 10:35 as Khale Skinner would deposit his second of the night on a terrific relay from Caleb Berge. This gave the Rockies fresh legs and they pressed hard for the tying goal. The home town fans went quiet and you could feel a pall in the arena as shot after shot were coming at their team. Their hearts were broken with 4 minutes remaining in the third as Alex Novakowski hammered one home after Ethan Alveraz found him in a crowd while Zachary Dovichak set him up. This tilt was going to overtime. Your Rockies had one point but they were not satisfied: they wanted more.
The first overtime did not settle anything as the Rockies pressed but were stonewalled by the Storm defenders. In the second OT your Rockies took a penalty and the home crowd came alive with hope and the feeling they were going to see something special. Your Rockies dashed their spirits killing off a 4 on 3. Then with just over a minute left the first star of the game found himself open and with determination buried it behind a solemn home team goalie. Khale Skinner finishes a 3 point night and the Rockies take a huge OT win and now have 3 wins in a row!
Your Rockies will now be at home and want all of their terrific fans to come out next Friday October 25th at 7:30 p.m. as the Grand Forks Border Bruins tempt fate entering the Eddie Mountain Memorial arena. On Saturday October 26th at 7 p.m. the Princeton Posse will try their luck against your home town Columbia Valley Rockies. Come on out and be part of this year’s story!