The greatest game on the ice has been made great once again by The Columbia Valley Rockies this past weekend as they took on the Creston Valley Thundercats on Friday, September 29th, then laced up to face The Spokane Braves at home on Saturday, September 30th.
Hot off of their recent home victory against the Kimberly Dynamiters, the Rockies went head to head with the Braves in a tense game that came down to a tie breaker in the fourth period.
Head coach Wade Dubielewicz stated after the game that the players made it a bit hard on themselves, though he was happy with the victory.
“We had some trouble being able to put the puck in the back of the net but for the most part we did some good things on our own,” he said.
The Rockies were tied at the bottom of the first period with the Braves, pulling slightly ahead in the second period and dominating well into the beginning of the third period with a 4-2 lead. It all boiled down to the third period, with Mike Dyck stepping up, and scoring the third goal to tip the scales.
“The past three games he’s been one of our top forwards and, as I said before, he’s got to be one of our best players and he’s starting to lead that way,” said Mr. Dubielewicz.
The head coach will continue to push the team with new strategies as they move forward in the season.
“We’re building from the back end out, we’re giving the kids a few things offensively to help them, but we’ve still got to work on keeping the puck out of our end,” said Mr. Dubielewicz.
Mr. Dyck spoke of his success, after implementing some new strategies on the ice.
“I felt like I had a pretty good game tonight and I think it showed. One of the things I’m working on is my foot speed — I’m working on getting faster as well as my shot and the overall game,” said Mr. Dyck.
With the game coming down to the wire, Mr. Dyck’s teammate Chase Hawkins demonstrated great skill as he swooped in to break the tie in the fourth period, scoring the winning goal and putting the Rockies at 5-4.
“It felt great. I haven’t scored all year so it was nice to get the first one out of the way,” he said. “I’ve done a lot better than previous games and tonight we were going.”