It was not the return to action they were hoping for. But after 6 weeks off, the Rockets were happy to be back.
Six weeks since their last game, provincial shut downs, numerous roster moves, and a lot of waiting later, the Rockets were finally able to get back on the ice this past weekend. Unfortunately, it came with a pair of losses on back-to-back nights.
Friday night saw the Rockets hit the road to St. Marys to take on the 4th place Lincolns, a team in which they have played well against in their own rink this season. It was the home club getting on the board early, and often, moving the lead to 4-0 just after the middle of the 2nd period. Strathroy would get some life back late in the second when Owen Kindree found the back of the net late in the period. That would be as close as the Rockets would get, as the Lincolns would add one more in the third and hold on for the 5-1 win. Chazz Nixon made 31 saves in his return to the crease.
Looking to bounce back Saturday night at home, it would be Strathroy finding the back of the net first on Kaden Hoggarths 9th goal of the season, just 2:35 into the game. That lead was held until early in the 2nd when the Maroons tied the game at 1. Another tally 13 minutes later would give Chatham the lead. They would not surrender the lead for the remainder of the game, winning 6-2 when all was said and done. Newcomer Tyler Bouck made 36 saves in the game for Strathroy.
The Rockets will be back in action Wednesday, when they travel to London to take on the Nationals at the Western Fair. Puck drop is at 7pm, you can watch on HockeyTV.com or listen live to Rockets Radio on our YouTube page.