Defenceman Alex Astasiewicz watches as his wrister goes shelf on Ghostriders goaltender Brandon Butler. The highlight-reel goal gave the Rockets a 4-2 lead on their way to an 8-4 victory.

Rockets take down Riders to inch closer to division lead

Alex Astasiewicz and Ian Desrosier each scored a pair and James Gaume chipped in a hatty in the Rockets' 8-4 win.

On Friday night, Rockets head coach Ty Davidson opined that he’d be shocked if defenceman Alex Astasiewicz wasn’t playing for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL next season. After a pair of goals in the Rockets’ 8-4 win – one of which was of the “did he really do that?” variety – the 16 year-old might just be ready now.

That’s a bit of hyperbole, as there is still plenty for him to learn in the KIJHL, but Astasiewicz seems to be coming into his own over the past couple weeks and his immense talent is becoming increasingly obvious every night.

The game last night against the Fernie Ghostriders was still very much in the balance when Astasiewicz broke down the right wing and found himself up against his former teammate, defenceman Dustin Watt.

“I saw it was Watt our former teammate there. I just put it around him and the puck was kind of wobbling but I just shot it and it went far side…it made it look pretty good” Astasiewicz said of the play.

The highlight reel goal only made it 4-2, but it had the look of a dagger for a Fernie team that’s been stricken with a flu bug and played without several regulars.

The Rockets scored three more unanswered in the third, two of which came from James Gaume, before the Ghostriders could muster a response. Gaume’s goal with just under 13 minutes left gave the rookie forward a hat trick. Gaume, who moved up a line for the injured Tanner Watt, looked very comfortable once again with linemates Ian Desrosier and Cole Mckenchney, who each had 4 point nights.

“It’s a lot of fun playing with those guys,” Gaume said. “They gave me two tap-ins tonight and I was just lucky enough to bang in the hat trick.”

The Riders managed to score a pair of late goals, which sandwiched a shorthanded effort from Desrosier, to make the score a little closer.

A night after the club got down early and could never fully recover, the Rockets got off to a flying start in the first with goals from Travis Kelley and Astasiewicz.

“We did a lot of good things tonight, we scored some goals and played some pretty good defence,” Davidson said. “Our object was to be a lot quicker out of the gates for sure.”

A Fernie power play goal cut the early lead in half, but Gaume responded soon after with his first of what would eventually become a banner night.

Riders forward Cole Keebler scored a late goal to keep the Rockets on edge heading into the second. From there, Astasiewicz and Gaume took matters into their own hands, helping deliver an important two points for the Rockets against first-place Fernie. It was the Riders’ third loss of the season, with two having come against Golden.

The Rockets will finish off their homestand this afttenoon when they host the Summerland Steam. A win would put them into a three-way tie for first in the Eddie Mountain Division, albeit with some extra games played compared to both Kimberley and Fernie.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Your Mountain Minute for October 11

Golden’s weekly 60-second news recap… Continue reading

Each week, we ask municipal council candidates an important question

How can council support small business and entrepreneurship in the community?

Bizarre Review: Inside Out lives up to its namesake

Inside Out will probably have you feeling all sorts of feels by… Continue reading

VIDEO: First legal cannabis purchases as midnight strikes in eastern Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador was the first province to kick off the sale of cannabis, just after midnight local time

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Carole James avoids questions on B.C.’s payroll tax (with video)

Green MLA Adam Olsen cites huge tax increase for local business

Three Nelson marijuana dispensaries to remain open after legalization

Nelson’s police chief has no plans to close them down

Most Read