Submitted by Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies win 2 – Take 4 points and are now tied for first place in their division after another successful homestand weekend.
The Rockies welcomed the 100 Mile House Wranglers into their barn at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena to start the weekend of home games.
Scoring was opened very quickly by the visitors just 48 seconds into the first period. This seemed to motivate the home team even more as they immediately began to press and utilize their speed against the bigger visiting team. At 17:57 of the first period that effort was rewarded with a goal by Evan Woods assisted by Brennan Nelson which evened the tilt at 1 apiece.
The Wranglers tried to use their size to influence the outcome of the game but the Rockies were just as adept with their size and speed. Dylan Fontaine notched the next one for your Rockies with help from Logan MacDonald and Mason Robinson. While the visitors were able to add another goal on a powerplay the Rockies closed out the period scoring by Gavin Fleck assisted by Dylan Fontaine and Dace Prymak. This gave the hometown Columbia Valley Rockies a 3-2 lead at the end of one and they never looked back.
The second period had the home team starting to take the play quicker to the visitors. The Wranglers tried to stretch out the ice by having a forward deep on the Rockies side of the ice they could not execute. The Rockies’ speed and physical presence started to take its toll on the visitors and frustration began to set in. With 4:56 left in the second Ryan Skytt used his speed to go wide and cut hard to the net going backhand with a goal that had the crowd erupt and a twitter feed quote, “Top shelf where your momma keeps the cookies.”
The third period again had most of the play in the visitor’s end. The Rockies’ Connor Davison was rewarded with his hard work by scoring with 8 minutes left after Fraser McMann found him open and skating hard. The Rockies take this game 5-2 with another “W” on the scoresheet. Coach Wade Dubielewicz offered, “Friday night we were challenged physically. 100 Mile played extremely hard and for the most part I think we passed the test. We didn’t shy away.”
Saturday had the Beaver Valley Nighthawks come to town to try and even the score after the Rockies defeated them earlier in the season on their ice. This was not going to be the night as they ran into a hot Gavin Fleck of the Rockies who scored a hat trick in front of the hometown crowd.
Rockies opened and did all the damage within 2 minutes of action in the first period. At the 10 minute mark Ryan Skytt from Fraser Mcmann and Connor Davison opened the floodgates. Less than a minute later Gavin Fleck would get his first of the night with help from Dylan Fontaine and Dace Prymak. Not to be outdone Chase Hawkins from Eric Lloyd and Greg Parker got into the party and had the Rockies up 3-0 while the visitors were struggling to contain the damage and the Rockies chased the starting goaltender for the visitors. Unfortunately for the new goaltender and a mere 20 seconds after entering the net Jessie Carr from Localyn Kabatoff and Eric Lloyd rocked the visiting team: 4 – 0 Rockies after 1.
The second period had both teams using speed and end-to-end rushes to put on a display of puck movement and plenty of shots but only 1 goal was registered and it was for the visitors.
In the third period the Rockies focused on puck control, speed and physical effort and it started to pay off. Gavin Fleck from Zachary Giacobbo registered another for the home team giving them a 5 to 1 lead 4 minutes in. The Nighthawks answered but it was quickly replied to by the home team as Dace Prymak from Gavin Fleck and Connor Davison played tic tac toe on the power play to the delight of the home crowd! The visitors would be able to net 2 more before Gavin Fleck on an empty net finished the scoring for The Rockies giving the home crowd a 7-4 win at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Coach Wade Dubielewicz commented, “I thought we were fortunate to get a few goals early. I felt we relaxed in the 3rd and let Beaver Valley back into the game. However we managed to find a way to win the game and it was another 4 point weekend for us.”
The Rockies now go on the road for a crossover weekend playing Princetown Posse, Osoyooos Coyotes, and North Okanagan Knights starting Friday night October 19th and ending with a Sunday afternoon performance on October 21st. The Rockies’ next home game will be Saturday, November 3rd when the Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town.