Connor Funke stares down the Ghostriders goalie in a 5-4 shout out win this weekend. (Claire Palmer photo)

Connor Funke stares down the Ghostriders goalie in a 5-4 shout out win this weekend. (Claire Palmer photo)

Rockets back in win column after weekend play

The team is 5-4-0 on the season and has games in hand

After stumbling on the road over the last few games, the Rockets got back in the win column after splitting weekend play.

Friday night, the team saw their first home loss of the season, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Kimberley Dynamiters.

Golden jumped out to an early lead just six minutes into the game off a goal from Henry Loewen, and assisted by Connor Funke, to send the Rockets into the second period with the lead.

However, Kimberley came storming back in the second, scoring two goals in two minutes midway through the frame to take the lead.

An empty net goal sealed the deal, as Golden dropped their fourth straight game.

Levi Hall got the start in net, and registered 35 saves on 37 shots despite the loss.

Hall’s impressive play to start the season has earned him player of the month for the Rockets.

The team was able to rally the following night on the road in Fernie against the Ghostriders, with a 5-4 shootout win.

The Rockets once again got off to a hot start, establishing an early lead eight minutes into the period on a goal from Jordan Lario, assisted by Drayden Gibson. However, the Ghostriders spoiled the fun, tying the game at one goal a piece with 12 seconds left in the period.

Golden quickly re-established their narrow lead just one minute into the second period, with Funke scoring a goal of his own, and Kade Chochlan and new addition to the team Austin Angus assisted on the goal.

Fernie, however, was not discouraged, scoring three quick goals, one of which was on the power play, to head to the third period up 4-2 on Golden.

The Rockets rallied in the final frame, with two goals in two minutes, from Aidan Balance, assisted by Will Vernon, and Nicolas Regan, assisted by Zac Siudy, to send the game to the extra frame.

A back and forth overtime solved nothing, and the teams squared off in a seven-round shoot out, with Loewn and Siudy notching goals for the win.

Michael O’Sullivan got the nod in net, and made 37 stops on 41 shots through four periods of play, as well as six stops in the shootout to earn the win.

The Rockets are now 5-4-0 on the season and have slid to last in the Eddie Mountain Division, but have games in hand on every team in the division.

They’ll look to make up some group as they face off against Beaver Valley at home on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., before heading down to Kimberley for redemption on the road on Saturday, Nov. 6.

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