While taking on the Summerland Steam

Rockies snap losing streak

Double losses over the weekend pushed the Rockies six-games deep into their losing slump, but a visit from Creston ended that

 

Double losses over the weekend pushed the Rockies six-games deep into their losing slump.

The team was on the road on Friday, October 17th against the Fernie Ghostriders, before coming home to take on the Summerland Steam on Saturday, October 18th.

It was a rough start to the weekend, as the Ghostriders scored before the first 30 seconds were off the clock. The Rockies then suffered three more goals against by the end of the first period.

Doan Smith and Sam Young both scored for the Rockies during the second period — with assists to Ryan Lawson, Carter Melnyk, Dondre Watson, and Jayden Jefferson — but those goals were matched by two more from Fernie.

With help from Young and Melnyk, a third Rockies goal was netted again by Doan Smith in the final period, but another Ghostriders goal maintained Fernie’s four-goal lead.

The final score was 7-4.

The Rockies put up a much stronger fight on Saturday night when the Summerland Steam were at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.

Young and Lawson assisted Doan Smith who opened the scoring for the Rockies late in the first. Summerland tied the score at one midway through the second, but four minutes later, Carter Melnyk, who was aided by Smith and Lawson, gave Columbia Valley another go-ahead goal.

The Rockies took their lead into the third but couldn’t hang on.

Doan Smith had a slashing penalty tacked onto his punishment for fighting, which happened after the five-minute mark in the third. After he was tossed and the Rockies were shorthanded, a power play Summerland goal tied the game at two. Columbia Valley took the lead once again after Dondre Watson beat the Steam, but with two minutes on the clock, Summerland tied the game and forced it into overtime.

After two more minutes of extra play, the Steam scored their fourth goal to win the game.

Rockies goaltender Talon Walton stopped 41 of 45 Summerland shots and was named the Rockies’ First Star of the game. The night prior, he played the final 45 minutes and saved 29 of 33.

The Rockies then played their third game of the week, taking on the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Tuesday, October 21st at the Eddie.

A win seemed out of reach from the early minutes of the second period, when Creston Valley scored their third unanswered goal.

But two goals by Doan Smith and a power play goal from Dario Piva saw the game tied at three by the end of the period. Assists went to Ryan Lawson (2), Carter Melnyk, Tyler Rivest, and Piva.

As the clock wound down in the third period, the Thunder Cats scored with less than four minutes to take a late lead. But only 70 seconds later, Ryan St. Jean and Melnyk set up Rivest to even the score again.

The match then went into overtime.

During the inning of sudden death, Kyle Becker scored an unassisted goal to give the Rockies their first lead of the game and earn them two full points. Becker was named the home star of the game.

Talon Walton stopped 30 of 34 shots.

The next home game is on Friday, October 24th against the Kimberley Dynamiters at 7:30 p.m.

 

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