Consistency has been talked about by many different members of the Columbia Valley Rockies’ staff as a key to moving ahead this season. This week proved once again that consistency is still something the team has yet to find.
After one of the best games played at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena this year the Rockies followed a stunning win with one of the team’s worst defeats.
The Rockies’ week started out with a game against the Kimberley Dynamiters. This was the second game in a home and away series and the Rockies’ came out flying.
Less than three minutes into the game the home team was up after an unassisted goal by Jake Halderman.
This was followed up less than ten minutes later by a superb shorthanded tally by Brett Trofanenko.
The Rockies continued their strong play in the second with goals by Devin Bell and Tryg Strand.
The Rockies lost the shutout in the third but finished off the Dynamiters with a 5-1 victory. Rockies’ goalie Bruce Corrigal was named first star of the game after stopping 31 of 32 shots.
After the game fans in the arena were hoping this was the game that turned the page on what has been a tough year.
However this was not the way things would work out as the Golden Rockets rolled over the Rockies ‘in a Friday night matchup.
The Rockies came out flat and were down early. Down 3-0 going into the second, things got marginally worse after giving up a later goal to put the team down by four.
Just two seconds into the third Rockies’ forward Geoff Wolfe got in a fight with Tanner Cochrane of the Rockets.
This was followed up two minutes later with another scrap featuring Connor Beauchemin of the Rockies and Bryden Marsh of the Rockets.
For good measure last year’s penalty minutes leader in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Jacob Halderman had a tilt of his own.
The Rockies may have won the fights but the last ten minutes were full of goals for the Rockets.
In the end the Rockets scored five goals in the third to win 9-0.
The Rockies’ final home game of the year will be held on February 12 at 7:30 against the Grand Forks Border Bruins at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere.