(Forward Drew Tkachuk (13) stays open as he waits for his teammates to free the puck alongside the boards)
Week 10 was quite the roller coaster of a week for the Rockies. They started off the week on Tuesday November 30th where they lost away in Kimberley against the Dynamiters 6-1. Immediately after the tough defeat, the team seemed to be on a mission to rebound as they followed up the loss with a dominant 3-1 win at home against Creston Valley on Friday December 3rd, and a 3-2 comeback shootout win against the Fernie Ghostriders on December 4th.
When asked about how the team rebounded from the loss on Tuesday to the dominating win on Friday, Assistant Coach Tayler Sincennes stated that “the boys did a good job of leaving the last game in the rearview mirror and getting prepared for the weekend.” The coaches were very happy with the group on Friday night. “Obviously no game is perfect, but we played that one really well executing our systems and eventually creating some offence in the third.”
Sincennes also commented on the Rockies late game heroics on Saturday night against Fernie as Kayde Kinaschuk tied the game at two on a penalty shot with only seven seconds left in the third period. “Saturday night in Fernie showed how willing our guys are to sticking with the game and continuing to battle regardless of the score. We just stayed with it one shift at a time and chipped away at them and ended up grabbing two points in a tough building.”
GM Wade Dubielewicz also made a player acquisition this week as forward Trevor Ebeling was acquired from the Sicamous Eagles in exchange for future considerations. “As a staff, the decision to bring Trevor in was an easy one” Dubielewicz said. “He’s a veteran player that understands his role. He plays a hard, heavy, physical game. He is defensively responsible and wins a ton of face offs. He brings all the intangibles that a team wants heading down the stretch and into playoffs.” Ebeling’s presence on the ice in both Friday and Saturday night’s games didn’t go unnoticed, and the team is excited to have him aboard.
The Rockies were also busy in the community this week as a few players volunteered at Copper Point Resort for “Feed the Town.” “Feed the Town” is an initiative hosted by Copper Point Resort in support of the Columbia Valley Food Bank. The players helped hand out meals prepared by Copper Point in lieu of food bank donations.
Additionally, Rockies players were spotted in their weekly volunteer shifts at Home Hardware volunteering on behalf of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. Players have been engaging the community by educating community members on the Hospice Society as well as providing a short survey to be completed.
The Rockies have one single game this week and are back in Kimberley facing the Dynamiters on Saturday December 11th at 7:00 PM.
Post written by Mark Teterenko