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The Rockets flattened the Rockies last weekend when the two hockey clubs played a home-and-home

The Rockets flattened the Rockies last weekend when the two hockey clubs played a home-and-home.

It was the final game of veterans Doan Smith and Ryan Lawson, who were both traded on Sunday. Smith has become a member of the Fernie Ghostriders and Lawson is now a Kelowna Chief. Both had served as captain of the Rockies.

During their final games with the team, the Rockies scored the first goal of each game, but then saw Golden run away with both matches during the second period.

Friday’s game was at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, where Smith earned the game’s first goal less than three minutes after the puck drop. Later during a Rockies penalty kill, the Rockets managed to tie the game before the end of the period.

Early in the second, Harrison Davies scored for the Rockies to regain their lead, but it was lost shortly after when Ian Desrosier scored back-to-back power play goals for the Rockets. Smith scored his second of the night to tie the game again, but before the third period, Golden scored again.

Their lead was insured in the third period, when Rocket Nic Noseworthy scored his second of the night. The Rockies lost with by a score of 5 – 3.

Rockies assists went to Braydon Barker (2), Ryan St. Jean, Damon Raven, and Carter Melnyk.

Saturday’s game wasn’t as close.

Kolten Nelson scored the game’s first, but Golden scored five times before the Rockies answered back with one from Doan Smith. The Rockets scored one more to win the game 6 – 2.

Fans were entertained with three fights over the course of the evening however.

Goaltender Patrick Ostermann made 20 saves for Columbia Valley. Rockies assists were awarded to Dustin Kostiuk, Carter Forsyth, Ty Duncan, and Ryan St. Jean.

The Rockies have a three game road trip next weekend, taking on Summerland Steam on Friday, Osoyoos Coyotes on Saturday, and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Sunday.


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