Nelson Leafs forward Patrick Martens knocks a goal into an empty net after stepping around Golden Rockets goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn

Golden Rockets burn Chase Heat but wilt to the Nelson Leafs

It was an up and down week for the Golden Rockets. After losing to the Nelson Leafs they pounded the Chase Heat in a 6-1 win.

The Golden Rockets proved they could handle the Heat after a 6-1 win over Chase in Saturday night’s game.

The Rockets put the pressure on in the opening period, throwing 14 shots on the Chase Heat netminder. But it wasn’t until a power play, with one minute left on the clock, when Captain Darren Andre opened the scoring, putting his team up by one heading into the first intermission.

Another 14 shots in the second period yielded one more goal, this one from Rocket Jacob Bergeron, earning him his first of three points on the night.

It was in the third period when the Rockets really started to take off. Three more goals from Carson George, Bergeron, and Connor Beauchemin brought Golden’s total up to five.

Chase’s only goal of the game came at 3:15 off the stick of Kevin Leschuk, but Golden answered back, scoring their sixth and final goal from forward Dallas Flockhart.

“We had one little hiccup at the end there, but overall it was basically a 60-minute effort. I thought we carried the play for the most part. And the puck was in their end for a large number of minutes throughout the game. I thought we dominated in every facet,” said Head Coach Ty Davidson.

“Our execution was a little bit better, our passing was better, our decision making by our defencemen was better tonight. I thought we finished our checks better tonight. But just a better effort overall. I thought we were sharper right from the get go.”

The win came after a disappointing loss the night before to the Nelson Leafs.

The Leafs scored three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes, the third of which was scored shorthanded. All three points were tallied by Nelson’s Patrick Martens.

The Rockets were given several chances in the second to narrow the gap, outshooting the Leafs 12 to seven, and being put on the power play four times. But there was no scoring in the second.

Late in the third the Rockets started to see results. Lane Erickson, on his first week back after an ankle injury, scored with less than two minutes on the clock.

“I am absolutely happy to have him (Erickson) back in the lineup,” said Davidson. “He makes a big difference.”

Golden, on the power play in the dying seconds of the game, came within one goal when Andre scored at 0:22.

But the final seconds on the clock ran out, and the game ended at 3-2 for Nelson. Aside from having Erickson back on the bench, the Rockets have added a new name to their roster, Kublai Barlas from Nanaimo, who played his third game with the team on Saturday.

“He is a kid that was out there, not really playing with anybody at the time,” said Davidson. “He was available so I picked him up, and I’m glad I did because he’s added a lot of energy to our lineup, he’s pretty skilled and he has quite a bit of grit from what I’ve seen so far. I’m very happy with him.”

The Rockets played against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Tuesday Jan. 24. Check the Golden Star website for results and photos.

The Rockets next home game is on Sunday Jan. 29, again against Creston Valley, at 1 p.m.