Rockets win OT thriller

The Golden Rockets took out the Nelson Leafs in a overtime thriller on Saturday night.



It was a game that went down to the last tenth of a second in overtime when the Golden Rockets battled the Neil Murdoch Division leading Nelson Leafs on Nov. 17.

The Leafs were riding an 11-game winning streak heading into their game in Golden while the Rockets were playing in front of many family members who came to Golden to be a part of the teams family weekend.

Both teams played a tight first period and the score was tied at 0-0 heading into the second period. Midway through the second, the Leafs got on the score board when Bryce Nielsen scored. However, the lead was short lived as the Rockets came back to score two quick goals from veterans Bret DeFrais and Connor Beauchemin.

With the score 2-1, it seemed the Rockets were on the way to a victory until Carson Willans tied things up with a little over six minutes left in the third period. The teams came out flying in the overtime with both squads having scoring chances in the extra frame. Double overtime seemed like and inevitability until Rockets forward Jacob Bergeron knocked home the winning goal with less than a second left on the clock.

Rockets head coach Ty Davidson was very pleased with both the effort of the players and earning the two points.

“When you are playing a team that has won 11 in a row and you beat them…It was a very satisfying win,” he said. “A win like this could be a really defining moment in a year. We did really well tonight. We battled hard and it could have been easy to have the wheels fall off when they scored the tying goal but we pressed ahead.”

He went on said the win was extra special with so many family members of the players in the arena.

“We had two big wins (this weekend) and for all the families to be here it was a great weekend and an absolute success. You could not have written a better ending,” Davidson said.