The Rockets put in another quality effort Thursday night but it wasn’t enough to snap the club’s losing streak, which now stands at eight games (including their last four contests at home) following a 2-1 loss to the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.
The Eddie Mountain Division rivals traded chances throughout the game’s opening frame. The Rockets fired 15 shots on Creston Valley goaltender Brock Lefebvre but were denied each time.
Just past the midway point of the second period, the Thunder Cats finally broke through when Colby Livingstone walked in from the sideboards unchecked and fired a high shot that beat Rockets’ netminder Brian Parsons. Just under four minutes later, and with defenceman Matt McMath in the box for holding, the Thunder Cats extended their lead when Jesse Collins finished off some nice passing with a beautiful shot that gave Parsons little to no opportunity at making a stop.
Down by a pair, the Rockets stormed out of the gates in the third in an attempt to get back into the game. Ninety seconds into the third, leading scorer Connor Beauchemin streaked down the left wing and beat Lefebvre on the glove hand side for his 15th goal of the campaign.
Golden hit a bit of a lull after that, but some strong saves from Parsons kept the deficit at one and gave the Rockets a chance at the comeback.
“Tonight he was right on top of his game,” said head coach Ty Davidson.
Golden’s best chance for the equalizer came with about 3 minutes left when Beauchemin was sprung for a clear breakaway. His shot, however, sailed high over the crossbar, and the time eventually ran out on the Rockets’ hopes of sending the game into overtime.
“We played pretty well. We were playing the most offensive team in the league, we held them to two goals, we outshot them, we just didn’t score on our chances,” said Davidson following the loss. “The one positive thing is we are playing hard, we are in games, we just gotta find a way to win.”
The Rockets will try and take those positives into their next two games, both on the road. They’ll battle the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday night before travelling to Castlegar for a Saturday night contest against the Rebels.