The Golden Rockets continued their 19 game winless streak, dropping both games this past weekend.
Friday night saw the Rockets drop a home game when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks came to town and took the game over almost immediately.
The Nitehawks pummeled the Rockets with shots, barely letting them out of their zone. Bradey Ross of the Nitehawks opened the scoring five minutes in after putting one past Rockets goaltender Colton Iwaschuk.
The Rockets were able to hold the Nitehawks off for a while, but they continued to push and scored two more times 15 seconds apart with goals from Evan Gorman and Ross’ second goal of the night. The Rockets were able to get one back before the first intermission when Ryan Taylor scored with two seconds remaining in the period. The Rockets were behind in shots 27-12.
The second period got off to a fast start with Rockets Nick Runnalls scoring four minutes into the period cutting the deficit down to one goal. The Nitehawks continued their dominance however putting shot after shot on Iwaschuk. They got another one 10 minutes into the period to take back a two goal lead. The teams began to get emotional as two players were ejected from the game 20 seconds after the goal for fighting. Rockets forward Ryan Partaker and Nitehawks forward Darian Fuller both received game misconducts. Less than a minute later Rockets’ forward Sam Rousseau was ejected as well. The Nitehawks added a powerplay goal to take a 5-2 lead into the third period.
The third period saw a goaltender change for the Rockets with Calum Humble coming in to replace Iwaschuk. The dominance of the Nitehawks continued as they added 17 more shots on net in the period adding one more goal after Jaxen Gemmell put one past Humble to take a 6-2 lead. That would be the final score as the Rockets continue to slump. They were out shot 56-26 and were clearly outplayed.
Head Coach Jason Stephens was disappointed after the game.
“We’ve got a good group of guys here that work hard all week, but we don’t seem to put it together in the games.”
Saturday saw the Rockets travel to Invermere to face the Columbia Valley Rockies in what was another lopsided game.
The game started off with a good first period for the Rockets. After giving up the first goal 10 minutes in, the Rockets were able to tie it up two minutes later with a goal from Jake Gudjonson. The Rocket then took the lead five minutes later after Runnalls scored on the powerplay to take a 2-1 lead. The Rockies were able to tie it up with eight seconds remaining after Ryan Skytt scored a shorthanded goal.
The Rockets completely collapsed in the second period allowing five goals in the period and taking six penalties. The Rockies capitalized on the powerplay opportunities scoring three powerplay goals.
The Rockets added one in the third period with Gudjonson’s second goal of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets fell 7-3 against the Rockies.
Looking forward, Stephens believes it will only take one win to get things going in the right direction
“We’ve just got to find a way to get one,” Stephens said. “If we can get this ape off our back it will give us a chance to get something going.”
The Rockets next home game is Friday November 17 against the Nelson Leafs.