31 games after getting their first win of the season, the Golden Rockets found victory once again in a 2-1 win over the Fernie Ghostriders Friday night.
In the first game of the new year, the Golden Rockets came out hungry and played hard for the entire 60 minutes. They fell behind early in the first period after Dylan Defosse scored for the Ghostriders to take a 1-0 lead, but the Rockets played good defense and had good offensive pressure and went into the first intermission down by only one.
The Rockets came alive in the second period and had commanding pressure throughout, putting 13 shots on net while the Ghostriders only managed five. The Rockets tied the game up six minutes into the period when Simon Korol scored with assists from Kirt Fortney and Mackenzie Donovan. The Rockets kept coming and scored the go ahead goal two minutes later when Nick Runnalls scored with assists from Scott Desserre and Jake Gudjonson.
The third period was a tight match-up with equal chances on both sides. Rockets goaltender Colton Iwaschuk stepped up when necessary and came up with several big saves for the team. The Ghostriders put 13 shots on net, but Iwaschuk stayed solid. He ended the night with 35 saves earning him the first star of the game. As the clock ran down the crowd cheered the team on as they celebrated a long awaited victory.
Head Coach Jason Stephens was extremely happy with the end result.
“We finally played 60 minutes of hockey,” he said. “It was a good win for the boys.”
Saturday night the game didn’t go the Rockets way. Playing against the Columbia Valley Rockies in Invermere, the Rockets fell behind quickly in the first period allowing four goals against them. Ryan Skytt scored twice and Chase Hawkns and Mike Dyck each scored for the Rockies.
After no scoring in the second period the Rockets tried to come back by putting 10 shots on net. After the Rockies scored another one to make it 5-0, Nick Runnalls finally broke the shutout with assists by Ryley Bast and Ryan Taylor. Despite putting a lot of shots on net, the Rockets just couldn’t find the back of the net. The Rockies would add one more and finish the night in a 6-1 victory.
Despite the loss, Stephens is happy to have started the year of with a win and hopes to build on that feeling.
“To start the new year off with a win is the way to start,” he said. “We finally got the ape off our back and hopefully we can continue to see success.
The Rockets next home game is Saturday January 20 against the Columbia Valley Rockies.