Friday, November 29, 2013

Rockies drop two more as winless streak grows

Rockies vs Red Deer
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Frank McTighe, Macleod Gazette Editor

The Southwest Rockies are finding November to be the cruelest month.

The Rockies are winless this month as they dropped a pair of South Central Alberta Bantam AA Hockey league games on the weekend.

The losses stretched the Rockies winless skid to six games and dropped their record to 3-11-1, which leaves them just three points out of last place in the 14-team league.

The Rockies will attempt to record one win this month when they host Okotoks Oilers at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Pincher Creek.

The Rockies also host Cranbrook Hornets at 12 noon Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Coleman rink.

On Saturday, Dec. 7 the Rockies travel to Airdrie for a 1:45 p.m. game.

Steel Kings 5 Rockies 4

The Rockies came up a goal short Saturday night in Pincher Creek as they turned in a gritty effort against Red Deer Steel Kings.

The Rockies trailed throughout the game, but continued to battle and the outcome was in doubt until the final whistle.

The teams were scoreless through the opening 20 minutes but Red Deer took the lead with a pair of goals just 35 seconds apart — the second on the powerplay — early in the second period.

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The Rockies cut the lead in half five minutes later with a powerplay goal of their own when defenceman Turner Sharp blasted a shot home from the point. Michael McTighe and Jordan McAulay assisted.

The Steel Kings pulled ahead 3-1 in the third period but the Rockies again fought back when Cameron Gallant scored a powerplay goal, assisted by Nic Jordan.

Red Deer restored its two-goal lead a minute later, but the Rockies came right back with a goal by Jason Creighton with 2:50 to play. McTighe and Ethan Richards drew assists.

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Forty-seven seconds later Red Deer made it 5-3 and then had to weather a withering attack by the Rockies that was rewarded with 1:09 to play on a goal by Jordan, assisted by Jesson Luco and McTighe.

The Rockies pressed in the final minute but could not get the equalizer.

Kyle Roberts faced 45 shots in the Rockies goal, while his teammates directed 38 shots at Red Deer’s goal.

Hurricanes 5 Rockies 0

The Lethbridge Hurricanes blew through the Rockies for a 5-0 win Sunday at Pincher Creek.

The Hurricanes won most battles and outraced the Rockies to the puck in a convincing win.

Fort Macleod Minor Hockey product Ty Greer scored the only goal of the first period to stake Lethbridge to a 1-0 lead.

The Hurricanes broke the game open with four unanswered goals in the second period.

Rockies goalie Sean Park saw more rubber than Highway 3 on Sunday afternoon as he faced 54 shots.

The Rockies, meanwhile, could muster little offence as Seth Graham made just 19 saves in recording the shutout.

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