Quick start not enough for Rockets in 5-1 loss

The Golden Rockets got off to a quick start on Tuesday night in Invermere, but couldn't sustain it throughout the rest of the game.

The Golden Rockets got off to a quick start on Tuesday night in Invermere, but couldn’t sustain it throughout the rest of the game, eventually falling meekly by a 5-1 count.

Brennan Grocock gave the Rockets some early life with a power play goal just over four minutes into the opening frame, with assists going to Travis Kelley and Jake Gudjonson.

Unfortunately for Golden, that was all the offence they could muster on the night and the favoured Rockies took over from there.

Nigel Swab tied things up a little over two minutes after Grocock’s goal, and Micheal Cardinal and Damon Raven also beat Rockets netminder Owen Sikkes before the end of the first frame.

Cardinal notched another early in the second period, this one a shorthanded marker, to extend the Rockies’ advantage to 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Nolan Menard capped the scoring with a power play goal early in the third.

The Rockies improved to 26-19-0 with the win, a far cry from their record when they finished in the basement of the Eddie Mountain Division a year ago.

For Golden, the loss extends what is now a 14 game losing streak, dating back to the end of 2015. They’ll look to snap that miserable skid this weekend with a Friday night home game against Creston and a Saturday night road contest in Castlegar.