Golden Rocket Jacob Bergeron celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal against the Kimberley Dynamiters on Jan. 12.

Golden Rocket Jacob Bergeron celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal against the Kimberley Dynamiters on Jan. 12.

A win and an OT loss keep the Golden Rockets tied for first place

The Golden Rockets tallied a three-point weekend, which was just enough to keep them tied for first place with Nelson.

The Golden Rockets tallied a three-point weekend, which was just enough to keep them tied for first place in the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay International Ice Hockey League.

On Friday night the Rockets played their division rivals the Fernie Ghostriders. Even though Golden led through most of the game, the Ghostriders won 6-5 in overtime.

Fernie snagged the only goal of the first period, but the middle frame was dominated by the Rockets. Bobby Kashuba picked up three points with two goals and one assist.

Also picking up goals for Golden were Carter Cochrane, and James Price, giving the Rockets a 5-2 lead going into the third period.

Fernie fought back hard, scoring three goals in the third to push it to overtime. Sudden death overtime was short-lived, and Ghostrider Derek Georgopoulos scored the winning goal 40 seconds in.

The Rockets were in town again on Saturday night, this time facing off against the Kimberley Dynamiters. The game had a more favourable result with a 3-1 win for Golden.

The Rockets hammered the Dynamiters with 22 shots in the first period, but were unable to get one past netminder Jeremy Mousseau, who was honoured with the first star of the game for his 44-save night.

They had a little more luck in the second, and Jacob Bergeron was able to score on a power play more than half way through the period.

They extended their lead in the third with a goal from Josh Jewell just a few minutes in.

Kimberley tried to come back, scoring a power play goal three minutes later while Bobby Kashuba was in the penalty box for hooking.

Golden was able to hold onto the lead, and tallied one more goal on the empty net with 0:01 left on the clock.

After the weekend of play, Golden is tied with Fernie for top spot in the division with 55 points.

The Rockets have only 11 games left in the regular season, and only seven at home. The next home game isn’t until Friday Feb. 1 against the Spokane Braves, and then the following night against the Castlegar Rebels.