The Larouche boys got the lecture from their mother, Marie-Claire, the afternoon before they faced off at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.
"She said to the three boys, because Edouard and David came home this afternoon, 'You better not touch each other,' " recalled Andre Larouche, the boys' father, with a laugh. "The kids were laughing but Mom was very nervous, making sure that they are not touching each other, to avoid injuries."
He said Saturday's game between the Kamloops Storm and the Golden Rockets was the first time all three Larouche brothers played in the same game. Felix, the oldest of the three, plays for the Storm, and twins David and Edouard are members of the Rockets.
It was Felix who left the rink with a victory under his belt, the Storm edging the Rockets 4-2, but it wasn't the same as just any other victory.
"It felt really weird," Felix said following that game. "It's satisfying for sure, but it's weird going against or checking your brother. Definitely mixed feelings."
The Storm took the lead just over a minute into the game. Golden started the first down a man, after Jacob Macpherson took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty before the opening faceoff. Addison Bazian deflected a Daniel Buchanan slap-pass in the slot and put it past goaltender Brian Parsons.
Five minutes later, Jared Anderson put the Storm up two, banging in a rebound that came after a Brett Watkinson point shot. Rourke O'Briain also had an assist.
Golden pulled within one when Connor Beauchemin scored on a power-play breakaway, and Jacob Macpherson put one past Storm goaltender Ben Giesbrecht to tie the game midway through the second period. That was as close as the Rockets would get, however, as Brett Wakinson and Max James would score for the Storm before the second period came to a close.
There were no goals in the third period and when things started to get a little chippy towards the end of the game, the Larouche brothers must have remembered the lecture. They stayed out of it, as some of their teammates made early exits.
For Marie-Claire and Andre, who made a point of choosing seats at centre ice, it was an experience that left them torn, Andre said. It also got a little stressful at one point in the first period, when Felix carried the puck in on a two-on-one and Edouard was the only defenceman back.
"Looking at that, I'm wishing the best for both boys so I'm glad the puck went nowhere," Andre said with a laugh. "It's weird, it's totally a weird feeling to watch them play against each other. But it's fun at the same time, eh? They love the game and I do as well."
Felix didn't notice that it was Edouard playing defence on that rush, but Edouard knew it was his big brother coming in on him.
"I hit him," Edouard said. "I was laughing, I was laughing after I hit him."
So with the first of two meetings between Golden and Kamloops in the books, things can go back to normal for the Larouches, at least until Kamloops heads to Golden on Oct. 11. Maybe one day all three of the boys can suit up from the same team - Andre said he'd love to see it, but who knows what the future will bring.
"Maybe Kamloops?" Andre said. "That would be fun, that would be easier than watching them play against each other."
The Storm is scheduled to play host to the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Friday.
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The Chase Heat, meanwhile, dropped a couple of 5-4 decisions in the Kootenay Conference.
The Heat lost in Creston Valley on Sunday, with Nic Fidanza scoring twice and Cody Hodges and Kurtis Johnson singling in support of Jacob Mattes, who made 44 saves. Logan Styler, who also had three assists, Ethan Rusnack, with three, and Jaymes Veitch had the goals for Creston Valley, which got 29 saves from Brock Lefebvre.
The Heat got goals from Kaleb Boyle, Connor Venne, Jay Sidhu and Zac Hoskins in a Saturday loss to the Fernie Ghostriders. Michael Byer stopped 28 shots.
Cole Weber, Ben Primeau, Aaron Neufeld, Josh Odelein and Cole Keebler scored for Fernie, which had Austin Wells in goal.