Golden Rockets Michael Anderson (left) and Keith Wake launch a Fernie player into the air.

Golden Rockets shutdown Creston Valley Thunder Cats for 2-0 win

After a rough start to 2012 the Golden Rockets stepped up their play for the teams first shutout of the season.

In their fifth meeting of the season, the Golden Rockets were finally able to steal two points away from division rivals the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Sunday Jan. 8.

The Rockets played five games in six days, and began the stretch with four tough losses, one of which was against the Thunder Cats in Creston on Jan. 4.

“For me, today, we played a 60-minute game,” said Head Coach Ty Davidson. “And we hadn’t done that in a long time. We’ve put together some 40-minute, 50-minute games, but today we had a 60-minute effort, and we were rewarded with two points.”

A tight first period left the game scoreless after 20 minutes. Defenceman Brett DeFrias broke the tie 30 seconds into play in the second period, scoring a goal off Kyle Garcia. And later in the period, Captain Darren Andre increased the lead, scoring a shorthanded goal, unassisted for the Rockets.

The final 20 minutes were once again scoreless, leaving the Rockets with a 2-0 victory over Creston Valley. It also marked the team’s first shutout of the season.

Goaltender Cole Henson earned first star of the game for keeping his team in it, despite being outshot by the Thunder Cats 37-13.

“I think our guys just gutted it up, and realized… I think they were just sick of losing, plain and simple. We got it done today, we did a lot of good little things really right today and it was a very good group effort,” said Davidson.

“Obviously, any time you get a shutout, especially when you make 37 saves, that’s huge. So he (Henson) was incredible in net today. Obviously he gave us the chance, and we took it and won.”

The win broke a losing streak that dates back to the team’s loss against Creston Valley on Dec. 10.

Golden also hosted the Fernie Ghostriders this weekend, Saturday Dec. 7. Fernie opened up the scoring in the first, getting three goals before Golden answered back. Jacob Bergeron scored at 8:01 in the first, which would end up being the Rockets only goal of the night.

The Rockets lost to the Ghostriders 7-1.

“We had five games in six days, so I think last night (in the game against Fernie), emotionally, our gas tank was a little low. I think that played part of it,” said Davidson. “And we got behind early… but overall, I thought that our gas tank was just really low.”

The Rockets have two home games coming up this week, first on Saturday Jan. 14 against the Spokane Braves, and then on Tuesday Jan. 17 against the Kimberley Dynamiters. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.