Penalties kill joy of game

Sicamous Eagles fans may have wanted their money back after Sunday’s contest versus the Summerland Steam…

Sicamous Eagles fans may have wanted their money back after Sunday’s contest versus the Summerland Steam – and not entirely because of the teams.

A total of 27 penalties were registered through the course of the Dec. 13 game at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre. Sixteen of those were against Summerland, 11 the Eagles.

While the calls may have been warranted, the excess, particularly in the second frame, was frustrating to everyone else involved. Even the Steam’s game announcer, Tim Hogg, took a shot at the officials, stating on Twitter, “I actually feel really bad for the (Sicamous Eagles) fans. They didn’t pay $10 to watch the stripes. But apparently he didn’t get the memo.”

Despite numerous power-play opportunities for both teams, the score remained 0-0 until the third, when Summerland was able to find the back of the Sicamous net three times throughout the frame.

A goal by Darien Blight wound up being disqualified as it was off Blight’s leg.

“It’s called a goal,” commented Hogg. “Referees confer, change their minds. Naturally because this game wasn’t ridiculous enough.”

The first, and only game star was Eagles’ netminder Michael Lenko, who stopped 32 shots on net.

The 3-0 shutout followed Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Chase to the Heat. The Eagles’ single marker was potted at 15:36 in the third by Bryce McDonald off Danny O’Donnell and Bradley Whitehead.

While the Heat were hot, Lenko was on fire throughout the evening, stopping 44 shots on net and earning the game’s second star.