Aidan Balance drives the net in Friday night’s loss to Beaver Valley. (Claire Palmer photo)

Aidan Balance drives the net in Friday night’s loss to Beaver Valley. (Claire Palmer photo)

Golden Rockets drop two tightly contested games in weekend play

The team is 5-5-1 on the season

The Rockets dropped a pair of closely contested games over the weekend, with a 5-4 over time loss to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at home and a 3-2 loss to the Kimberley Dynamiters on the road.

Beaver Valley foiled a third period comeback from the Rockets, who found themselves trailing 2-0 midway through the second period. Aidan Balance cut the Nitehawks lead in half, before a shorthanded goal found the Nitehawks up 3-1 a few minutes later.

Not to be discourage, the Rockets manages to make it 3-2 before the end of the second, with a powerplay goal from Henry Loewen, assisted by Zac Siudy and Jock Michael.

The Nitehawks made it 4-2 right out of the gate to start the third, but a second goal from Loewen just three minutes later, assisted by Jordan Lario and Brydon Foster brought the team within one.

With six minutes to go, Drayden Gibson tied the game, assisted by Michael and Siudy, and sent the team to overtime, earning them a point in the standings, despite falling in the extra frame.

Levi Hall got the start in net, making 39 saves on 44 shots.

The following night, the Rockets struck first, with Derek Tear getting the team on the board, assisted by Alexander Johnson.

However, Kimberley tied the game late in the period, and scored the lone goal of the second period to put the team ahead.

Will Vernon tied the game late in the third, before Kimberley pulled ahead less than a minute later to claim the win.

Michael O’Sullivan got the start, making 34 saves on 37 shots.

“Overall the team played some good hockey and kept the games close. We had strong goaltending in both games and we played with a good pace in our transition game.,” said head coach Chuck Wight on the two tight losses.

“We had some strong third periods of late but we need to come out stronger in games and work towards more consistency. Our division is deep and we need to play at our optimal level in order to stay in the mix every game.”

The Rockets are now 5-5-1 on the season, with 11 points and are last in the Eddie Mountain Division. However, that record would be good enough for third in the Neil Murdoch division, which is home to the Nelson Leafs, Beaver Valley and would put them ahead of Castlegar and Grand Forks.

The Rockets still have games in hand.

Next up, they’ll hit the road to take on Beaver Valley on Friday, Nov. 12, and the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 13.