Rockets hold on to first place with win over Cats

The Golden Rockets beat Creston to stay in first place in the Eddie Mountain Division.



The Golden Rockets managed to hold on for the win against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Saturday Dec. 29, despite a lack luster effort from both sides.

Each team netted a point in the first period. The first came on the Rockets power play. Shane Rutherford snuck one past the goalie with the man advantage.

Creston answered back quickly, scoring two minutes later off the stick of Angus Johnston.

The second period, although offering power plays to both teams, resulted in no goals.

It looked as though the third was going to be as uneventful as the second, with shots for the period being 5-1 in favour of the Thunder Cats. But a cross-ice pass from defenceman Coltin Berard gave his teammate James Price a breakaway almost half way through the period.

This resulted in the Rockets second, and final goal of the evening.

Golden had to hold on at the end of the period when they were forced to kill a four minute penalty. Carter Cochrane got called for the double minor after spearing an opposing player with six minutes left in the game.

The buzzer went, leaving the score at 2-1 for the Rockets.

Head coach of the Rockets, Ty Davidson, said the sloppy play was not to be unexpected with players coming back from their Christmas break.

“I went in with some sort of expectation that there was going to be a little rust tonight and there was. Our legs weren’t there  but they will be on Wednesday. We are going to have some very spirited practices and extra off ice stuff to make sure we are game ready,” he said. “Having said that, it might not have been the prettiest of wins but we were really good in the third when we had to be. We killed some big penalties and were able to get out of here win a 2-1 victory which is great.”