Rockets hold on to first place in Eddie Mountain Division

The Golden Rockets split a home and away series against the Columbia Valley Rockies but held on to top spot.

A weekend matchup against Eddie Mountain Division rivals had two very close games with two very different results.

The Golden Rockets spent Friday evening in Invermere playing the Columbia Valley Rockies. They weathered a tough first two periods to take the win at 4-3.

The Rockies opened the scoring just seconds into the game with an unassisted goal from Ryan Henderson. That would however, be the only goal of the period.

Each team tallied two in the second, the Rockets getting goals from Josh Jewell and Ian Desrosier, and the Rockies getting goals from Henderson and Stephen Pratt.

The Rockets were trailing by one heading into the third period, but managed to even out the score on a power play goal from Carter Cochrane.

The final goal of the night came from Rocket Jacob Bergeron with seven minutes left, giving Golden the lead and the two points.

Rockets goaltender James Leonard stopped 34 shots, and was named Kootenay Conference Player of the Month for December.

The following night the Rockies came to Golden for the rematch.

The Rockets had a tough first period of hockey that they were unable to fully come back from. The Rockies scored three unanswered goals in the first.

Golden came out strong in the second, sending a barrage of pucks towards the Columbia Valley net for a full 20 minutes. But they were only able to sneak one past Rockie goaltender Brody Nelson on 27 shots.

Carter Cochrane tallied the goal on a Golden power play.

Still down by two goals, the Rockets had to fight hard in the third to stay in the game. Halfway through the period, again on the power play, Shane Rutherford scored, narrowing the gap to one.

Then Jacob Bergeron tied the game, sending it to four-on-four overtime. The overtime period was short-lived, however, as the Rockies ended it 24 seconds in with a goal from Ryan Henderson.

Columbia Valley went home with a 4-3 win.

“We killed ourselves in the first period. We were awful in the first, and most nights that’s going to be too much to come back from. When you’re down 3-0 you’re asking a lot of your team to come back. We made a valiant effort to make it 3-3 and force it to overtime. We were lucky to get one point tonight,” said Head Coach Ty Davidson.

Golden welcomed back one of their own that night when former Golden resident Cody Boeckman took the net.

“Cody Boeckman was a new edition tonight… We needed a goalie, and Cody was available fortunately enough. It’s a very nice fit, especially with Cody originally being from Golden. It’s a nice story of him coming back to town,” said Davidson.

The next home game for the Golden Rockets on Friday Jan. 11 against the Fernie Ghostriders.