It was another tough weekend for the Rockets on the road, as losses to the Chase Heat and the Sicamous Eagles continued a losing streak that now sits at five games.
The weekend got off to a promising start on Friday night as a pair of goals by Cole Mckechney and Brett DeFrias gave them an early two goal lead. Unfortunately for the Rockets, it was all downhill from there, as the Heat brought themselves to within one, with five minutes left in the first before exploding for five goals in the second.
“In the second period we just fell apart…I don’t know [what caused the collapse],” said frustrated head coach Ty Davidson. “I’m running out of answers here. It seems like every night we find a different way to lose.”
The Heat scored a lone marker in the third to give themselves a 7-2 victory.
Golden played much better the next night in Sicamous, but it still wasn’t enough to earn their first road victory since Sept. 27.
The Eagles drew first blood with a power play goal from Nathan Grieve, but Brett Hanna responded quickly for the Rockets less than three minutes later to tie things up heading into the intermission. Defenceman Dustin Watt gave the Rockets the lead 10 minutes into the second period when he potted his first career KIJHL goal. Golden couldn’t quite get to the dressing room with the advantage, however, as the Eagles tied it up with their second power play goal of the game with just 43 seconds left in the second frame.
Harden Orton gave the Eagles an advantage that they wouldn’t relinquish when he scored four minutes into the third, sending the Rockets to their ninth straight defeat away from the Plywood Palace.
According to Davidson, it is a lack of scoring that is holding back his 6-13-0-2 club from achieving success in recent games.
“If we had to pinpoint one of our biggest problems over the last five or six games, it’s our lack of scoring,” he said. “That puts a lot of pressure on your goalies to try and win a game.”
The Rockets will hope that some home cooking can get the team pointed in the right direction. Their next three games will be at the Golden and District Arena, where the Rockets have earned 11 of a possible 12 points over their six previous contests. The three game homestand will begin with a game Friday night against the Fernie Ghostriders. The Rockets will welcome the Spokane Braves, the KIJHL’s only American franchise, on Saturday night before hosting the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Thursday, Nov. 21.