The struggles continued for the Golden Rockets last weekend, losing back to back home games to put their losing streak at seven, and further distancing themselves from the rest of the pack in the Eddie Mountain Division.
The weekend got off to a dismal start on Friday night, as the Fernie Ghostriders stormed out to a 3-0 lead by the time the game was half over. Frustration began to boil over for the Rockets and a few players showed that through their actions and body language.
Having their backs against the wall seemed to provide a spark for Ty Davidson’s team, as Cole Mckechney took advantage of a four minute power play with his eighth goal of the season. Tanner Watt narrowed the gap to 3-2 with just 45 seconds left in the second and the Rockets were back in it.
Joel Burgess put a brief damper on the Rockets’ aspirations of a comeback with a shorthanded marker that could have easily been the straw that broke the camel’s back.
It wasn’t however, and Braeden Allkins responded for the Rockets on that very same power play. It was smiles all around for the home team when Nick Hoobanoff scored with 6:35 left in the third to tie the game 4-4.
The elation was short lived, however, as Ben Primeau beat Rockets’ netminder Adam Johnson for his second goal of the game for Fernie, giving the Ghostriders a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, taking the game by a 5-4 score. The Rockets got off to a sluggish start again on Saturday night as the league’s only American franchise, the Spokane Braves, drew first blood.
Connor Beauchemin tied the game up late in the first on the power play, but Levi Waterman and Sean Collins scored second and third period goals to give the Braves a two goal cushion. Allkins scored his second goal in as many games in the final minute, but it was too little to late for Golden, who fell to 6-15-0-2 with the 3-2 defeat.
“The effort is there but we find new and exciting ways to blow games,” said a frustrated Ty Davidson following the loss on Friday night.
“They gave us every opportunity to win that game with penalties they took and opportunities they gave us, and we [didn’t] take advantage.”
Golden’s next game will be on Thursday night at home against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. They’ll spend the weekend on the road, starting on Friday night with a game against the Grand Forks Border Bruins, before travelling to Castlegar for a game Saturday night again the Rebels.