Poor weekend moves the Rockets behind Kimberley

The Rockets' post-holiday schedule is off to a rocky start after a pair of road losses to the Spokane Braves and the Fernie Ghostriders.

The Rockets’ post-holiday schedule is off to a rocky start after a pair of road losses to the Spokane Braves and the Eddie Mountain division-leading Fernie Ghostriders.

The game against Spokane was a particularly tough one to swallow, as Golden had a win in its sights before it was snatched away in the dying moments.

The Braves got on the board first when Dillon Bogart beat Rockets netminder Mark Becica with an early goal. Becica would prove to have a busy night in front of the Rockets’ cage while facing 48 shots.

Golden responded in the next frame when Braeden Allkins tied the score. Nick Hoobanoff and Matthew Krusky provided the helpers.

After a low-scoring opening 40, the third proved to be a wild one.

Tyler Wilkerson restored the lead for the Braves, but it would be short lived.

Cole Mckechney and Ian Desrosier scored a pair of goals three and a half minutes apart and suddenly Golden had its first lead of the hockey game with just minutes left to play.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, a win was not in the cards. And neither was an overtime loss.

The Braves first tied the game with just under two minutes to play courtesy of forward Justin Loepker, who picked an opportune time to notch his first career KIJHL goal.

Just 33 seconds later, Bogart tallied his second of the night to put Spokane ahead for good, by a 4-3 final score.

Perhaps still licking their wounds from the night before, the Rockets went down quietly the next night against Fernie.

Goaltender Magnus Viberg got the call and, like Becica, was exceptionally busy, facing a total of 51 shots on the evening.

Joel Burgess got the Riders an early lead with just over four minutes gone in the first period and the game settled into a goaltender’s duel from there, with Viberg making 38 saves on 39 shots through two periods.

The floodgates finally opened late in the third period and it was the Rockets who were the victims of the onslaught.

Tayler Sincennes, Evan Reid and Justin Peers tallied a trio of goals 68 seconds apart for the Riders to put the game out of reach. Aaron Neufeld added a capper in the dying seconds for a 5-0 Fernie win and the Rockets’ second loss in as many nights.

The winless weekend proved costly in the standings, as the Kimberley Dynamiters took full advantage with a pair of dominant victories over basement-dwelling Columbia Valley. The Dynamiters now hold second place in the division, one point clear of the Rockets.

That will make Saturday’s home matchup against the Dynamiters all the more important as the Rockets look to regain second place. Before that, Golden will host the Princeton Posse in their first home date since Christmas.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 test tube. (Contributed)
test tube with the blood test is on the table next to the documents. Positive test for coronavirus covid-19. The concept of fighting a dangerous Chinese disease.
Interior Health launches online booking for COVID-19 tests

Testing is available to anyone with cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms

Morning Start: Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks

Your morning start for Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

A health-care worker prepares to swab a man at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal North, Sunday, May 10, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Interior Health records 21 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

Thirty-six cases remain active; two people are in the hospital, one of whom is in intensive care

Gabrielle Clarke is an art therapist in Golden who works in mixed media art. Clarke’s art will be on display downtown at the Go-Lab. (Gabrielle Clarke photo)
Mixed media arts show comes to Go-Lab

Clarke’s art will be on display until Nov. 6

B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan arrives at Luxton Hall to cast their votes in advance polls for the provincial election in Langford, B.C., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Pandemic election prompts voter suppression claims by B.C. Liberals

‘These emergencies require in us a maturity that has been lacking in politics for so long’

École de L’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)
COVID-19 confirmed at Kelowna Francophone school

École de L’Anse-au-sable is not affiliated with local SD23

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received footage of a suspect vehicle littering hate flyers around 21st Avenue in Vernon Oct. 17, 2020. (RCMP)
WATCH: Footage offers lead in hate-fuelled flyer probe: Vernon Mounties

Vernon police received footage of an older model green truck distributing flyers in the early morning hours Saturday

An early morning fire destroyed the Willems Fire Products mill Friday, Oct. 16. (Contributed)
Fire claims longtime Lumby mill

Go Fund Me established to help family-owned business rebuild

UBC geoscientists discovered the wreckage of a decades-old crash during an expedition on a mountain near Harrison Lake. (Submitted photo)
Wreckage of possibly decades-old airplane crash discovered on mountain near Harrison Lake

A team of UBC geoscientists discovered the twisted metal embedded in a glacier

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

The official search to locate Jordan Naterer was suspended Saturday Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VPD.
‘I am not leaving without my son,’ says mother of missing Manning Park hiker

Family and friends continue to search for Jordan Naterer, after official efforts suspended

Touchstones Museum has opened up Nelson’s Cold War bunker to the public. The unique exhibit includes artifacts from the 1950s and 60s. Photo: Tyler Harper
Take cover! Cold War bunker opens to public in Nelson

The shelter was built in 1964 in case of nuclear fallout

Charmaine Scherck with her fiancee, Jason. Friends of the Vernon mortgage broker have started a GoFundMe after a spinal cord stroke left her paralyzed from the chest down Sept. 17, 2020. (Contributed)
Funds raised for Vernon woman who awoke mysteriously paralyzed

Friends are rallying support for Charmaine Scherck, who suffered a spinal cord stroke on Sept. 17

Most Read