Columbia Valley Rockies goalie Connor McKay gets low in front of a Kamloops forward at the Eddie on September 12th.

KIJHL: Storm stops the Rockies

The Rockies’ attempt to make a comeback from their season opener fell short against the Kamloops Storm

The Rockies’ attempt to make a comeback from their season opener fell short against the Kamloops Storm during the second league game of the season.

The Storm edged out the Rockies with a 7-4 triumph at the Eddie Mountain Memorial on Saturday, September 12th.

“I think as a group, it’s probably a good lesson to learn early,” said Mr. Dubielewicz. “It’s a 60-minute game, not a 40-minute game. I think we probably ended up feeling pretty good about ourselves in the dressing room after 40 (minutes), and we thought it was going to be a cakewalk but then we got our butts handed to us.”

The Columbia Valley Rockies dropped to 0-2 in the season after blowing a 4-2 third period lead en route to a 7-4 loss to the visiting Kamloops Storm team on Saturday night.

The Storm jumped out to a 2-1 first period lead, before the Rockies scored three in the second period to head into the final frame ahead by two.

The wheels fell off as the Storm scored five unanswered goals in the third period to win 7-4.

Will Reynish led the way for the Rockies with two goals and an assist in the losing cause, while Dario Piva countered with two goals and an assist for the Storm.

“I was pretty happy with the 40 minutes, and it’s a good lesson for a young group,” he said. “I’m happy it’s happening this early in the season rather than mid-season.”

Forwards Donovan Quinten, Damon Raven and Nolan Menard also scored for the Rockies, who were outshot 38-37 on the night by the visiting Storm.

Goalie Connor McKay stopped 31 shots on the Rockies’ net.

The biggest challenge for the team will be to learn discipline and sportsmanship throughout the season.

“It’s going to mean some hard work for them,” replied Mr. Dubielewicz when asked how he will teach the Rockies discipline for the whole 60-minute game. “It’s about making decisions when you’re tired, and being able to make the right ones and tonight, we didn’t do that.”

The next game slated for the Rockies is against the Castlegar Rebels at 7:30 p.m. at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on Friday, September 18th.

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