Golden Rockets forward lands a punch during a fight with Creston Valley Thunder Cats player Trevor LeBlanc during a game held in Golden on Jan. 24.

Golden Rockets lose in a double OT thriller

One game was cancelled and another went to double overtime in a quiet week for the Golden Rockets.

It was a back and forth night when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats came to Golden to face the Rockets in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League match up.

Creston jumped out to an early lead when Trevor Forward scored at 3:01 of the first period even though the Rockets out shot their opponents 17-12.

The home team took advantage of an early penalty in the second frame when Bryden Marsh scored at 3:09 to tie things up. The game then took an ugly turn when Rockets forward Keith Wake hit one of the Thunder Cats players from behind into the end boards. Wake was immediately jumped by Cats player Trevor LeBlanc and both players were tossed from the game after receiving game misconducts. Penalties to both teams came in rapid succession after the dust up and before the end of the second period two more power play goals and one short handed goal was scored.

At the end of the frame Creston was still ahead by a single goal and the score was 3-2.  Golden started out strong in the third and by the midway point the Rockets had taken the lead after goals by Michael Anderson and Kyle Garcia. The Rockets looked set to pick up the win until Jove Fabbri tied things up with 2:04 left in the third.

Nothing was settled in the four on four overtime. In the second overtime, when teams face each other with three players per side, the game ended quickly when Fabbri came through with the game winner at 14 seconds. Rockets Captain Darren Andre was named second star of the game while his line mate Kyle Garcia nabbed the third star for the night.

The Rockets home game on Sunday Jan. 29 against the Thunder Cats was cancelled due to road closures. The Rockets next home game will be held on Sat., Feb. 4 against the Fernie Ghostriders. Start time for the game is 7:30 p.m. The Rockets will then face the Kimberley Dynamiters on Sun., Feb. 5 with a start time of 1 p.m.