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The Rockies were on their first roll of the season last week


The Rockies were on their first roll of the season last week.

On Tuesday, October 21st, the team took on the Creston Thunder Cats at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena. Creston scored the first three goals of the game, but the Rockies rallied back to force overtime — and the game was put away when Kyle Becker scored the deciding goal during sudden-death.

After earning their second win of the season, the team was home again on Friday, October 24th to battle the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The first goal came after five minutes in the second period, when Carter Melnyk and Ryan St. Jean assisted Tyler Rivest in scoring on the power play.

The Rockies held onto their lead until midway through the third, when the Dynamiters netted two quick goals to make the score 2-1. But then, with help from Sam Young, Doan Smith was able to tie the game at two shortly after.

Columbia Valley had a late third period penalty to kill off in hopes of taking the tied game into overtime. Then with less than 90 seconds on the clock, Sam Young gave the Rockies a go-ahead goal while the team was shorthanded. The game ended with a score of 4-3, giving Columbia Valley their second consecutive win, and their third win of the season.

Goaltender Brody Nelson blocked 25 Dynamiter shots.

“That was our best game of the season so far,” said general manager Ross Bidinger. “The effort was there, they played pretty much 60 minutes of hockey. We started the third a little bit flat-footed, but we were able to keep it going.”

After being stopped short of their comeback, the Dynamiters had an opportunity to avenge their loss the following night, when the Rockies were in Kimberley.

Before the first ten minutes were off the clock, Kimberley had already scored three. Later in the period, Ty Duncan put a point on the board for the Rockies, shortly before the Dynamiters scored a fourth.

“Their first two shots went in our net, and our leaders didn’t respond in the right way,” said Mr. Bidinger.

Kimberley notched three more goals in the second period, which was nearly matched by two Rockies goals, scored by Malcolm Fenelon and Doan Smith.

Columbia Valley’s chances of tying the game became hopeless in the third, as three more Kimberley goals put the score out of reach at 10-3.

Rockies assists went to Malcolm Fenelon, Seth Bjorkman, Ty Duncan, Tyson Kapty, and Ryan Lawson.

“We have to refocus because we were terrible in Kimberley the next night,” Mr. Bidinger said. “Our best line that night was our youngest — Bjorkman, Fenelon, and Duncan — the only one that was really playing.”

Goaltender Talon Walton did not play last weekend because of a problem with his foot, but will be starting at least one game next weekend, when the Rockies play three games in as many nights.

Also, goaltender Patrick Ostermann may get a start.

“He’s been working hard to better his game,” said Mr. Bidinger.

Their next game will be in Spokane, Washington to take on the Braves on the night of Halloween. The Rockies will play their next home game on Friday, November 14th against the North Okanagan Knights.


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