Thunder Cats claw their way to a victory over Golden Rockets

The Golden Rockets took the Creston Valley Thunder Cats to overtime, but could not pull out the win in Friday night action in the KIJHL.

The Golden Rockets took the Creston Valley Thunder Cats to overtime, but could not pull out the win in Friday night action in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Cats came out fast in the first and had a lead before the four minute mark of the period. The Rockets tied things up on the power play when Carter Cochrane scored.

The teams traded two more goals and went into the first intermission tied at two.

Even though the Rockets outshot the Cats in the second period, they could not grab a lead. The Thunder Cats, on the other hand, scored two goals in the period to take what looked like a commanding lead over the team from Golden. The Rockets did not give up on the game and came back in the third period to tie things up on goals from Connor Beauchemin and Cochrane.

This sent the game into overtime. Rockets forward Felix Larouche took a penalty for tripping in the extra period that came back to hurt the Rockets. Andrew Hodder netted the winning goal for the Cats with a little over two minutes left in the overtime period.

The Rockets next home game will be held on Feb. 1 when Spokane comes to town.