Confidence a key for Rockets forward

Conner Beauchemin is enjoying his time on the Golden Rockets top line this year.

Conner Beauchemin Golden Rockets

After seven games, second year Golden Rockets forward Conner Beauchemin, is leading the team in scoring this season.

Beauchemin started the year on a torrid scoring pace netting a hat trick against the Kimberley Dynamiters on Sept. 28.

“It felt good. It was my second one in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. It felt pretty nice,” he said.

The 18-year-old said he has been enjoying the productive start to the year with his team mates.

“It has been one of my best seasons so far. I am trying to be a leader and have been scoring and getting assists, ” he said.

He has also enjoyed his time on the Rockets top line.

“I like it a lot. I think we all have our own type of game. (Keith) Wake is a tough grinder and passer. (Blake) Roney is just an all around good player and then I am a speed guy,” he said.

Beauchemin has been working hard both on and off the ice which has helped him this season.

“I practice a lot of net drives and gained some weight this summer. It has helped me a lot,” he said.

Over the past couple of weeks the Rockets have been winning more games. than earlier in the season. Beauchemin thinks there are a number of factors leading to the teams better play.

“I think we are getting it together. We have two great goalies now and our defence is playing stronger. The offence is better than ever,” he said.

Having the strong goalies has added to Beauchemin’s confidence on the ice. “When I see them (another team) going down on a 2-1, I have confidence that Danny (Todosychuk) or (Jame) Leonard will save the puck.”

Beauchemin is hoping to get over 70 points and win the championship this season.

“We have the team to do it,” he said.