The Creston Valley Thunder Cats started 2012 with a 4-3 win over the Golden Rockets on Wednesday.
“We played a fairly solid game,” said head coach Brent Heaven. “We were sluggish in the second period, but managed to bounce back in the third.”
Scott Swiston started the scoring on a power play at 7:47 in the first period, followed by Jesse Collins 21 second later. Collins scored again in the second period, but two Rockets goals followed. Tre Potskin scored the Thunder Cats fourth goal, the game-winner, at 16:13 in the third period, with the game’s final goal scored by the Rockets on a power play at 3:44.
The Thunder Cats now have a 13-point lead on the Rockets, who hold fourth place in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain Division. The division is led by the Fernie Ghostriders, whom the Thunder Cats beat twice last week, and Kimberley Dynamiters, each with 54 points.
“It was great to get another win in there and start off the new year on right note,” said Heaven. “We just wanted to keep it simple, keep it basic, not try do too many fancy things out there.”
Tonight, the Thunder Cats host the Spokane Braves, then head to Golden on Sunday.