KIJHL: Rockies winless after three-game road trip

The Columbia Valley Rockies came home from a three-game road trip without a win.

For the second time in as many weekends, the Columbia Valley Rockies came home from a three-game road trip without a win.

On Friday, November 7th, the Rockies outshot the Grand Forks Border Bruins, but their opponent shut them out 4-0. Goaltender Talon Walton stopped 26 of 30 shots.

It was another long night on Saturday, November 8th in Beaver Valley. Goaltender Brody Nelson made 20 saves to keep the game scoreless at the end of the first, but the Nitehawks scored three times in the second and third to win the game 3-0. Nelson made 41 saves by the end of the game.

Shutouts were awarded to Jacob Mullen of the Border Bruins and Carson Schamerhorn of the Nitehawks.

But the Rockies didn’t go scoreless all weekend. On Sunday, November 9th in Creston Valley, the Thunder Cats gave themselves a one-point lead in the first, but Columbia Valley saw both Doan Smith and Seth Bjorkman score in the second to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Assists went to Sam Young, Ryan Lawson (2), and Dondre Wilson.

Before the win was secured, Creston Valley managed to force the match into overtime with 90 seconds to go in regulation.

Then another Thunder Cat sudden death goal handed the Rockies their seventh straight loss.

The Rockies out-shot the Thunder Cats 40-32, with Brody Nelson stopping 27 of 29 shots. Talon Walton stepped in late and blocked two of three.

The Rockies next game is at home on Friday, November 14th against the only team in the league with fewer points in the standings — the North Okanagan Knights. They’ll be taking on the Thunder Cats again the following night at home. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Rockies are at home again on Sunday, November 16th to take on the Golden Rockets at 2 p.m.