The Golden Rockets picked up three points on their three-game roadtrip this weekend, with a win, a tie, and a loss.
They started off on a high note, taking on the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday. Four goals in the first came from Jacob Bergeron (playing his former teammates), Keith Wake, Darren Andre, and Kyle Garcia (shorthanded).
The Rockets didn’t let up, scoring six more goals in the game from Wake, Lyndon McBryan, newcomer Riley Henderson (giving him a three point night for his first game in a Rockets jersey), Bergeron, Lane Erickson, and Connor Beauchemin.
And goaltender Coal Henson stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced, for a 10-1 victory over the Border Bruins.
The Rockets then headed to Castlegar for a Saturday game against the Rebels. A much tighter game, Golden held the lead through most of it. Beauchemin scored a power play goal late in the first.
The game stayed at 1-0 until five minutes into the third period, when Castlegar’s Scott Morisseau slipped one past goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn. Golden answered back quickly, when Bryden Marsh restored the Rockets lead two minutes later.
Golden held on as long as they could, but the Rebels eventually tied it up with a minute and a half left in regulation time.
The game headed to a 4-on-4 overtime. After five minutes of no results, the Rockets played 3-on-3 for another five minutes. The game ended in a rare tie.
After a very quick turnaround, the Rockets squared off against their Eddie Mountain Division rivals Creston Valley Thunder Cats, entering the game just two points behind them in the standings.
The Rockets were forced to battle back from behind when the Rebels scored two unanswered goals in the first. A goal from Andre in the middle frame got them half way there, but Creston Valley answered back to restore their two-goal lead.
Golden’s Bergeron snuck one in with less than a minute left in the period, leaving his team to trail by only one, heading into the third.
Unfortunately, the Thunder Cats only widened the gap, scoring two more in the third. And despite a power play goal from Henderson, the game ended in a 5-3 loss.
The Rockets will be back in town to play the Columbia Valley Rockets on Friday Dec. 9, and Creston Valley on Saturday Dec. 10.
Don’t forget to buy your Golden Rockets raffle tickets at the game. The grand prize is $9,000.