The Golden Rockets doubled up the Creston Valley Thunder Cats with an 8-4 victory in Saturday night Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.
Both teams played tight in their own zones in the first period and only combined for 14 shots. Braeden Allkins started out the scoring with 6:26 left in the first period to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.
Creston came out strong in the second period and took the lead after two goals by Jaymes Veitch and Tyler Akeroyd. However the lead was short lived as the Rockets tied things up 18 seconds later when James Price scored his seventh goal as a Rocket.
The Thunder Cats would once again grab the lead late in the period, but again it was not going to be held for long. After Matti Jmaeff scored for the Cats, Carter Cochrane scored 25 seconds later on a Rockets’ power play to tie things up heading into the third.
The rockets came out and took the lead 29 seconds into the final period when Josh Jewell scored on a set up from Allkins. The game stayed close until Carson George and Price scored a little more than two minutes apart. The Cats would not roll over though and their persistence paid off with a second goal of the night from Jmaeff. After the Cats pulled their goalie, Blake Roney scored an empty-net goal which he then followed up with a second empty-net tally when the Rockets were short handed in the final minute.
It was a big night on the score sheet for some of the Rockets players.
Jewell and Allkins had a goal and three assists each while Blake Roney had two goals and an assist.
Rockets goalie James Leonard left the game midway through the second period with an undisclosed injury.