Fifteen goals. That was the total tally from last night’s barn burner at Prospera Place.
Mathematically speaking, it’s the sum of one, plus two, plus three, plus four, plus five. Fifteen.
The Rockets scored six in 60 minutes, which tied their total goals for, in their first four games at home.
That’s usually enough to come out on top in a hockey game.
The trouble was the Thunderbirds flipped that six upside down on the scoreboard and spanked the Rockets in the end, 9-6.
“With the effort and compete from the majority of our group that we got tonight, we’re lucky the score is what it was,” said Rockets head coach Jason Smith.
The Rockets now have one win and eight loses this season, their worst start in franchise history.
“It’s frustrating, yes. You’d hope it’s more embarrassing for the players,” Smith said.
James Porter managed to stop seven of the 11 shots he faced before getting the hook. Roman Basran then let in five more on the 26 shots he saw in relief.
“I think in the games, we have either hesitation or a lack of compete or a fear of making mistakes, which makes it really hard to go out and play,” Smith said.
So where do the Rockets go from here? The easy answer is Tri-City on Friday to face the Americans. The hopefully answer is up in the standings.
But the honest answer is nobody knows for sure. However, one thing that is for sure . . . Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton hates to lose and so a shake up of one sort or another is eminent.