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Posted: December 2, 2022

Rockies finding different ways to win

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With eight wins in their last 10 games, Columbia Valley Rockies’ head coach and GM Emery Olauson said they have won a lot of different ways.

“There has just been a really good mix of individual efforts and our team play has been fairly strong all year and definitely seems to be trending in the right direction,” said Olauson.

“We’re happy with a combination of things – our veterans are playing well and our young guys have developed nicely. It’s not often you lose your starting goaltender and we were able to bring in Nate Glenn and Brett Sweet has had a couple of good games.”

Since adding Glenn, and what he has seen, Olauson joked that “he stops all of the pucks except for one.

“He’s just big, solid and a well-positioned goalie and nothing seems to bother him as he has a really cool demeanor.

“In a game like hockey where there is a lot of chaos happening in front of the goaltender, I think it gives the whole group a sense of confidence and calm when your goaltender just hangs out in the crease and the puck comes and hits him,” added Olauson.

The Rockies had Ewan McDevitt, who had a great start, called up to the North American Hockey League as he signed with the Alaska Wolverines on Nov. 17.

“He earned a great opportunity to go play at a very high level,” said Olauson.

With having Sweet and using an affiliate player, Olauson said they found who he thought was the best goalie available.

“I think his numbers are the best in the league,” said Olauson of Glenn, who is 7-0 on the season with a 1.29 GAA and a .959 SP combined between the Princeton Posse and Rockies.

The Rockies are in first place in the Eddie Mountain Division with a 15-4-2 record. They hold a one point lead over Golden Rockets, with two games in hand, and two points ahead of Kimberley Dynamiters with a game in hand.

The Rockies are in Creston tonight for a 7:30 p.m. clash with the Thunder Cats at the Johnny Bucyk Arena.

Creston then heads to Invermere Saturday night (Dec. 3) for a re-match at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.


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