Rocky start to November for Thunder Cats

Rocky start to November for Thunder Cats

By Eric Blow

The Eddie Mountain division race got a lot closer on the weekend. Just eight points separate second place from fifth place (21-13), the smallest gap out of all four divisions in the league.

Creston did their best gutting out a point in Friday’s game against the Ghostriders after Logan Berggren tied the game with 16 seconds left. The Cats went down 2-0 and 3-1 in that game before battling back to force the game to extra time. Down a pair of goals, Vin Jackson got his first of the season after a Fernie player failed to send the puck around the boards and it bounced right in front of the net for Jackson to skate on to.

After the Riders restored their two-goal lead, Berggren answered just over a minute later following a loose puck in the crease and shovelling it past the sprawling Fernie goaltender. Corbin Cockerill tied the game at three with 5:34 to go in the third period, pouncing on a loose puck in the slot. Fernie scored twice more in the game, once to enable Berggren’s late-game heroics, and a second time in overtime to take home two points.

The next night, the Columbia Valley Rockies made their first visit of the season to John Bucyk Arena and ended up scoring five third period goals, walking away with a victory.

It didn’t take long for the Cats to get on the board in this one. Derek Green rifled a shot from the point through traffic that found the back of the net just 4:23 into the first period. What ensued after the goal was a back and forth affair between the two teams that didn’t produce a single goal until the 2:28 mark of the third period – 38 minutes after Green’s tally. It was at this point that the Rockies went to work scoring all five of their goals on 13 shots, with three coming in a span of five minutes and 46 seconds. After all, was said and done the final score was 5-1 Columbia Valley.

With both Fernie and the Rockies leaving Creston with two points, the Cats’ slim lead on second place got even slimmer. They’re one point ahead of the Ghostriders, but do hold the tie break having scored two more goals than Fernie in the three games they’ve played against each other. There were suspensions to come from each game last weekend, but none of them are against Creston players.

Fernie’s Seamus Kieth was suspended for two games for his check-from-behind on Tyler Hamilton, and the Rockies’ Mason Robinson was also given two games for his hit-to-the-head of Logan Rast.

The next home games are Friday, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Golden Rockets are in town. The team is also hosting the players parents weekend on those days so come out, cheer on the team, and show our boys’ families how supportive this community can be!

Creston Valley Thunder Cats

Just Posted

Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum & Archives for the last 23 years, wants to welcome visitors to check out their exhibits and programs this summer. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston Museum encourages summer visitors to check out programs and activities

After some temporary closures of indoor exhibits due to COVID-19, the museum has re-opened to welcome visitors

Nasukin Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band poses under the mural in the administration building. The mural depicts past elders David Luke, Wilfred Jacobs, Isobel Louie, Charlotte Basil, and Louis White. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Lower Kootenay Band announces cross-border COVID-19 vaccine clinic

In partnership with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the clinic will be held on National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

South Slocan’s Ti Loran is among the recipients of this year’s Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship. Photo: Submitted
Neil Muth Memorial Scholarships awarded to 4 students

Students in Creston, South Slocan and Revelstoke are sharing the honour

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

Most Read