Submitted by Brett Holt, president
Columbia Valley Rockies
The Columbia Valley Rockies started the weekend with a home game against the division rival Creston Valley Thundercats.
The puck was dropped in the first period and your Rockies pounced on the visitors dominating early play. At 17:48 of the first, Nikolas Scheiwiller opened the scoring on a nice feed from Jonathan Milligan. Rockies up early 1 to 0. The play continued mostly in the Creston end of the ice and the Rockies were rewarded for their hard work with another goal; this time it was Jace Parrup on a nice dish from Khale Skinner giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead. However the victors answered back late in the first and it ended 2-1 for the Rockies after one period.
The second period opened slowly for the Rockies and a few mistakes led to costly errors resulting in the visitors netting 3 unanswered goals. It ended with Creston having a 4-2 lead over your Rockies.
The third period had both teams moving the puck well and plenty of chances to score were evident. It was a saw-off with the visitors netting one and late in the third Nikolas Scheiwiller showed he will be a impact player in this league with his second of the game. Final score Cats 5 – Rockies 3 with Scheiwiller being named first star of game.
Saturday night saw the Rockies head down the road to play arch rivals Kimberley Dynamiters. This game would have a different Rockies team take to the ice. Determined to show they were much better than the night before; a new grit was seen in these young men. The Dynamitors had 13 players returning from their championship team last year while the Rockies have 5 returning players with 2 of them sitting out due to injuries. This Rockies team though were determined to show the home team they were up to the match.
The home team opened the scoring in the first but the Rockies responded less than 2 minutes later on a beauty by Jace Parrup from his line mate Caileb Berge. The home team netted one more with the first period ending in a 2-1 lead for the home team.
The Rockies evened things up early in the second on a terrific effort by Brennan Nelson as he was set up nicely by Khale Skinner. All tied up at 2 the teams battled back and forth trying to establish control. Both teams are very well balanced which should give your Rockies some great confidence as this season progresses. The home team took the lead again late in the second with the Rockies shorthanded on a penalty.
The third period was a battle with both teams having chances but alas the only score was an empty netter as your Rockies pulled the goalie trying to tie it up.
Your Columbia Valley Rockies have two games at home on the 27th and 28th of September as they host the Fernie Ghost Riders on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Castlegar Rebels Saturday at 7 p.m.
Make sure you come out as you don’t want to miss the most exciting hockey around!