The Golden Rockets suffered two back to back losses in their away games last weekend on November 30 and December 1.
First, they took on the Princeton Posse. In the first period, the Rockets thought they scored the first goal, but it was called off. After that, the Posse were able to get two goals in, shutting out the Rockets in the first period, despite the Rockets taking 12 shots on goal and the Posse only having six. Goalie Ryan Baker had his work cut out for him, blocking shots from the Posse all night.
In the second period, Riley Egan scored the first goal for the Rockets with an assist from Dominic Turner and Bryce Trimmer, and the Posse fought back with another goal in against the Rockets, bringing the score up to 3-1 at the end of the period.
With many penalties, the Rockets continued to push hard against the Posse into the third period, but the Princeton team was able to get another goal in on the Rockets, sealing the deal with a 4-1 score at the end of the game.
Hoping to redeem themselves after an unfortunate loss the night before, the Rockets took on the Osoyoos Coyotes on December 1, but weren’t able to pull it together to split the weekend.
The Coyotes were working hard on the ice, scoring the first two goals of the game, but Turner scored the first goal for the Rockets with help from Egan and Jaden Callan. The Rockets and the Coyotes each took 14 shots on goal in the first period, and some great saves were made by goalie Jacob Bennett.
In the second period, Thomas Johnson tied up the game with an assist from Hendricks and Colton Hutchinson. But, the Coyotes came back to score another goal, ending the period 3-2.
The opposing team scored the first goal heading into the third period, and Callan pushed back to score a goal with an assist from Egan and Trimmer, bringing the score up 4-3 heading into the final minutes of the game.
The Golden Rockets couldn’t cinch a win against the Coyotes, losing the game in Osoyoos.
“We had a lot of trouble staying out of the penalty box. Part of that is our fault,” head coach Jeremy Blumes said about the weekend games. “It’s up to us to try and make that adjustment as quickly as possible. Sometimes it pays off, and other times it bites you.”
The Golden Rockets travel to Creston to take on the Thunder Cats on December 7, before returning home to play against the Fernie Ghostriders once again on December 8.
At the Saturday game, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort staff are invited to the game, with a special price on admission, and cheap Pabst offered at the Riverhouse Tavern after the game.
The Golden Food Bank Society will be at the game, collecting non perishable food items as well, and the atom team will play a fun mini game in between periods.