Rockets defenceman Sean Ripley looks for passing options as he circles the Rockies’ net during the first period of Sunday’s exhibition opener.

Rockets lose exhibition opener 5-0

After an even opening frame, the Rockets fell behind and never recovered in their first pre-season contest of 2015.

When the games start to count on Sept. 11, the Golden Rockets will be icing a much different team than the one that opened the pre-season Sunday night against the Columbia Valley Rockies. That’s probably not a bad thing, the Rockets having been beaten 5-0 by their Highway 95 rivals following a grueling weekend camp.

“We’ve worked the guys hard this weekend and I know they’re tired, but no excuses…no goals, that’s not a good start,” said head coach Jason Stephens.

Still, August hockey isn’t so much about what the scoreboard says at the end of 60 minutes, instead it’s about the way the team meshes as the game goes on. Despite the lopsided final, there were some positives evident for Stephens.

“I think there were some definite positives that we can take from it…we’ve had a long weekend to this point so it’ll be nice to have a little bit of downtime before the next one, get a little energy and be able to play 60 minutes,” he said.

The two clubs played an even first period that produced little in the way of offensive chances. Both teams skated with a lineup that included several underage players, giving the two coaching staffs an extra look at some of the young talent they might have at their disposal throughout the season. That, coupled with a mix of returning players and new recruits combined to create a defensive opening 20, which isn’t that surprising as the rust of a long off-season begins to fade.

“I think it takes a little while to find the chemistry and guys have to figure out who their linemates are going to be,” Stephens said.

The Rockies opened the scoring early in the second and added a pair of goals on odd-man rushes midway through the frame to take a commanding lead. They’d take a 4-0 lead into the third and add one more before the final buzzer.

The Rockets had numerous chances on goal mouth scrambles but could never seem to find that elusive loose puck on any of those occasions. They totalled 35 shots in the shutout defeat.

A handful of players are expected to be returned from Junior A tryouts over the next week or so, meaning that Stephens will have some decisions to make shortly regarding potential cuts. It is expected that a few of those cuts will come down before the club’s next exhibition game.

Golden will be in Invermere on Sept. 3 for a return date with the Rockies. Their next home contest will be on Sept. 4 against the Revelstoke Grizzlies.

 

Just Posted

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will use less greenhouse gases.

Freezing rain warning in effect for B.C. Southern Interior

Environment Canada issued the freezing rain warning for most of the Southern Interior Tuesday morning

Smiles all around as province announces emergency ward funding

$2.1 million to go to much-needed upgrades

As avalanche danger grows, BC heli-skiers exercise caution

Company relies on guides’ decades of experience

Heli-skiing operation “very concerned” by new caribou protection regs

Habitat protection is important, but ‘at what cost?’, asks Nakusp tourism operator.

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Most Read