Rockets rookie goalie nabs shutout in first start

Local goalie Adam Johnson won his first start in the KIJHL with a 4-0 win over the Penticton Lakers.

It was a special night for 16-year-old Golden Rockets goalie Adam Johnson who worked hard to earn a shutout in his first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game against the Penticton Lakers.

Both teams had a number of shots in the first period but could not get on the board. That all changed early in the second period as Connor Beauchemin and Braeden Allkins scored less than a minute a part.

The Rockets continued their strong play in the third period notching two more goals from Bobby Kashuba and Beauchemin, who had a three-point night.

Overall Rockets head coach Ty Davidson was happy with the win.

“I was a little concerned in the second period, even though we out scored them 2-0 I thought there were some bad habits seeping in. I let our boys know about that in the second intermission. But we came out in the third period and did a lot of good things,” he said.

Davidson added that he was very happy to see Johnson get the shutout victory.

“The biggest news of the night is Adam Johnson getting a shutout. I was really biting my knuckles there for the last few minutes.”

Johnson, who is a local hockey player said he found out he was going to get the start on Friday.

“I was a bit nervous at the start but excited at the same time. Near the end of the firstĀ  I was getting better,” he said.

For the game, Johnson said his parents and many friends were out showing support for him and the team.

“I know there are a few people who came out. My mom might have been more nervous than me,” he said.

As for getting the shutout, Johnson said he was surprised it happened on in his first start.

“It feels pretty good. I didn’t expect it. The guys did a good job tonight in front of me. It was a full team effort.”