The Rockets continued their early season success and exacted some revenge on the Columbia Valley Rockies with a pair of wins over their Highway 95 rivals last weekend.
The Rockies, who knocked the Rockets out of playoff contention late last season, have struggled so far this year and Golden took full advantage Friday with a 7-4 victory.
Zack Finlay opened the scoring for the Rockets with a power play marker just before the halfway point of the first. After a reply from Rockies forward Doan Smith, Ian Desrosier continued his line’s scorching hot streak with a goal to close out the scoring in the opening frame.
The Rockies notched an early power play marker in the second, but it was nearly all Golden from there. Desrosier potted his second of the contest and Travis Kelley gave the Rockets their first two goal lead of the game before the second period was half over. Mckechney added a late shorthanded marker to give Golden a three goal lead heading into the third.
Desrosier completed the hat trick with a shorthanded goal of his own in the third, while Kelly tallied his second of the game for the Rockets. The Rockies managed to score twice in the third against Rockets goalie Mitchell Privett, but it was too little, too late for the club.
The three goals gave Desrosier eight in just 12 games this season, a total that is good enough to place him in a ninth place tie for the league lead.
Perhaps feeling a little too good about Friday’s triumph, Golden got off to a sluggish start on Saturday, but prevailed nonetheless by a 4-3 overtime score.
Braeden Allkins managed to open the scoring early in the first, but the Rockies scored the next three goals unanswered to put Golden behind by a pair entering the third.
Nick Hoobanoff got the comeback started early in the third and Tanner Wit got the equalizer with six minutes left to set up the overtime finish.
It was another strong weekend for the Rockets’ top two lines, but third liner James Gaume was the hero Saturday as he managed to slip the puck past Rockies goalie Brody Nelson after a scramble three minutes into the first OT period.
“Our third line has been outstanding,” said Rockets coach Ty Davidson of the trio that includes Gaume, Wit and Spencer Gerth.
“They provide a real tenacious forecheck for us and they’ve contributed well…I think that line will get more and more confidence offensively.”
Magnus Viberg made 22 saves on 25 shots in the win.
The Rockets will be home for a trio of games this weekend, beginning Friday against the Kimberley Dynamiters.
They’ll follow that up with a visit from the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday and a rare Sunday afternoon game against the Summerland Steam.