Submitted by the Columbia Valley Rockies
Your Columbia Valley Rockies are now 4 and 0 after their second road trip of the season!
This puts the Rockies in first place of the Eddie Mountain division. There are only two other teams in the KIJHL that haven’t suffered a loss in early season play.
The team was eager to test their abilities against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday, September 14th as they would be a formidable foe. This was an offensive tilt with end to end rushes and plenty of action.
The first period scoring was opened by Josh Antunes with assists by Dace Prymak and Kale Hawryluk at 13:37 on a power play. The Nitehawks quickly responded with goals at 11:56 and 8:54 to take a 2 to 1 lead.
The Rockies were being pressed but seemed to get their skating legs halfway through the first period and a goal was delivered by Jesse Carr with help from Erik Lloyd and Chase Hawkins, quickly followed up by Dace Prymak with help from Zachary Giacobbo and Josh Antunes giving the Rockies a 3 to 2 lead with 3:37 remaining in the first.
However the home crowd in Beaver Valley dug deep and cheered their boys on who answered the bell with a couple of quick goals before the first period ended resulting in a 4 to 3 lead as the horn sounded ending the first period.
Coach Wade Dubielewicz had a good chat with the team during the intermission and drove some key motivation and system discipline during the second period. The team responded with a goal on the power play from Gavin Fleck at 7:37 assisted by Cooper Krauss and Kale Hawryluk. That was quickly followed up with another power play goal by Erik Lloyd at 6:44 giving the Rockies a 5 to 4 lead. However, the Nitehawks clawed back and evened the score at 5 as the period ended.
The third period began with a quick goal by Beaver Valley to take the lead at 6 to 5. Then the Rockies dug deep and took the play hard to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Responding just 11 seconds after the Nitehawks goal, the Rockies scored to tie things up with a goal by Greg Parker assisted by Brennan Nelson. The play was mostly in the Beaver Valley end and finally the Rockies were rewarded for their effort with a power play goal with 2:55 remaining. Zachary Giacobbo scored with help from Erik Lloyd and Jesse Carr. After Beaver Valley pulled their goalie, they were punished by the Rockies who took the game with a Jesse Carr goal with help from
third game in a row with an 8 to 6 score.
On Saturday the Rockies woke up in Castlegar and prepared themselves for the Castlegar Rebels. The team was fairly happy with their offensive capabilities but wanted to manage the score in this outing.
From the very beginning the Rockies took the play to the Rebels and were determined to pressure the Rebels in the offense zone as much as possible.
At 14:35 of the first Loclyn Kabatoff, with assistance from Chase Hawkins, gave the Rockies the lead and they never looked back.
The Rebels did get their chances but Ben Kelsch in goal kept the door closed. The first period ended with the Rockies leading 1 to 0.
As the second period began, the Rockies brought a determined effort to put the puck in the net. They were rewarded at 14:35 with a goal by Loclyn Kabatoff with help from Chase Hawkins again. The Rockies were in the driver’s seat at 2 to 0.
At 10:58 Jesse Carr, with assistance from Erik Lloyd, really put the home team in a tough position. The Rockies were not done though and they added another goal from Dace Prymak with help from Greg Parker. This put the Rockies ahead 4 to 0 at the end of the second period.
The third period had the Rebels pressing and although the Rockies gave up two goals, an outstanding effort by Ben Kelsch sealed the win.
“Overall I’m very happy with the work ethic and results from this past weekend. We were put under pressure both games and showed that we can handle being pressured. We still have to get better in all three zones of the ice,” said coach Dubielewicz.
The Rockies are thrilled to be coming home with a division-leading first place and a four-win record!
They want all their fans to come out for their home opener game against the Golden Rockets on September 21st at 7:30 p.m.. It will be an exciting and fast-paced night.
All fans are encouraged to also join the team on Saturday, September 22nd at the 5th Annual Columbia Valley Rockies Golf Tournament hosted by CopperPoint Resort golf course. If you want to enter a team, please call Copper Point Golf Club at 250-341-3392 ext. 1.