A three-game weekend for the Golden Rockets had a rough start with a 4-0 loss to Eddie Moutnain Division leaders the Fernie Ghostriders on Thursday Nov. 8.
It was a scoreless first period, with the Rockets unable to capitalize on three power plays. The Ghostriders got the scoring going in the second after an early goal from Brendan Burge. Burge would get his second of the evening later in the period.
Fernie had two more unanswered goals in the final frame from Matt Carr and Braeden Monk.
The Rockets continued their road trip the following night in Washington with a close game that would eventually go to overtime against the Spokane Braves.
Spokane made it onto the scoreboard first, putting them ahead by two by the midpoint of the first period.
Golden would steal the lead before the end of the period with goals from Marc Lepine, Blake Roney, and Felix Larouche, making it a 3-2 hockey game going into the first intermission.
Neither team was able to hold onto the lead for long. The Braves got the first goal in the second (from forward Tyler Peltram), followed by a goal from Golden’s Keith Wake.
Spokane got two in a row after that from Dylan Tappe, and a power-play goal from Peltram.
Golden was trailing heading into the third, but picked up a point on the power play with a Connor Beauchemin goal. That goal tied the teams at 5-5, and the game appeared to be heading to overtime.
Spokane’s Paxton Bell scored with four and a half minutes left in the game, breaking the tie. But the Rockets fought back, and rookie Bobby Kashuba kept his team in it with the tying goal, pushing it to overtime.
Kashuba would prove to be the game hero, not only forcing the game into extra minutes, but also ending it in sudden death overtime and giving his team the two points.
The final game of the weekend brought the Rockets to Nelson to play the Kootenay Conference leaders, the Nelson Leafs.
The teams traded goals through the first two periods, leaving them tied at three going into the third period (Golden goals from Jacob Bergeron, and two from Keith Wake, one of which was short handed).
Nelson scored a power-play goal early in the third. The Rockets were unable to answer back, and gave up an empty net goal with less than a minute left in the game, for a 5-3 loss to the Leafs.
The Rockets have two home games coming up this weekend against the Summerland Steam on Friday Nov. 16, and the Nelson Leafs on Saturday Nov. 17.