The Rockets' Matt McMath battles with Columbia Valley's Racey Red Crow in the first period of last night's contest.

Golden Rockets can’t hang on to early lead

A disappointing lost last night leaves the Rockets at 0-3 to start the season.

The Rockets stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first period of last night’s contest with the Columbia Valley Rockies, but that still wasn’t enough for the team to register its first victory of the season.

Coltin Berard opened the scoring for the home side with a power-play goal a little over 11 minutes into the first. Brett DeFrias continued the Rockets’ momentum with a pair of markers, the first coming when the veteran defencemen carried the puck around the Rockies’ net and back to the blue line before wiring a slapshot home for a 2-0 lead. DeFrias made it 3-0 with a power-play goal with just under 4 minutes left in the 1st but the momentum shifted late in the period when the Rockies narrowed the deficit to 3-1 on a goal by Ryan Henderson.

Brian Parsons, brought up to Golden from California and getting his first start in net for the Rockets, was the star of the second period. The KIJHL rookie stopped 16 of the 17 shots that the Rockies threw at him, including an incredible stop on a 5 on 3 where he managed to get a piece of the puck with his glove after a quick one-timer in close.

Eventually, the floodgates opened and the Rockies completed the comeback, first with a tying goal from Kleysen Roberge and then with the winning goal from Dustin Kostiuk with just 3:20 left to play in the third.

The loss marks Golden’s third in a row to start the season. The team’s veteran defence core has scored 5 of the team’s 7 goals on the young season.

“Our forwards have to do a better job. I don’t want to say that we’re soft, but going through the middle, we couldn’t pick up a pass all night,” said head coach Ty Davidson after the game.

Davidson was also quick to give credit to Parsons for his strong play in net and DeFrias for his hard work at both ends of the ice, and hinted that there could be some new players brought into the mix shortly. The Rockets found themselves in a similar 0-3 hole last season and Davidson says they look better this year than last. The team will look to get on the board this Friday when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats come to town, before they travel to Invermere for a rematch with Columbia Valley.

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