The Sicamous Eagles had their second loss to the North Okanagan Knights this season

Sicamous Eagles coach committed to turning team around

Eagles remain at bottom of standings following games versus the North Okanagan Knights and the Chase Heat.

The Sicamous Eagles remain at the bottom of the KIJHL standings following last week’s games versus the North Okanagan Knights and the Chase Heat.

Sicamous hosted the Knights on Friday, Oct. 7 at the rec centre. The game ended in a 3-1 victory for the visiting team, with the Eagles single coming in the last two minutes of the third from Bryce McDonald off Cameron Flinton and Eric Porter.

Eagles netminder Max Gaudet was named the game’s first star after stopping 41 shots on net, and helping to keep the final tally close.

The following evening, the Eagles faced off against the Chase Heat. Last time the two met was in the Heat’s barn, where they scored a 5-2 home game victory. This time around, Sicamous was unable to find a home-ice advantage, with Chase ending up on the winning end of a 7-2 tally.

The Heat outgunned the Eagles in the first but were unable to find the back of the Sicamous net until a power play late in the period.

Sicamous’ goal-tending duties for the evening were shared by Gaudet and Kolby Pauwels.

Chase dominated the second frame, potting five goals throughout.

Sicamous finally responded early in the third with a power-play conversion by Ethan Trampuh, assisted by McDonald and Austin Miller.

Minutes later, Eagle Tyler Collens turned the new-found momentum into another goal for the Eagles, assisted by Joshua Windley and Easton Jones.

Collens was named the game’s first star.

The two games were among the first for the Eagles under the guidance of new head coach Matt Stang, who was hired to replace Ty Davidson following a zero-win streak for the team.

In an impassioned message to Eagles fans on Facebook, Stang says he’ll be doing everything he can to turn the team’s fortune around.

“Fans, from the bottom of my heart I guarantee change,” said Stang. “I am sorry I can’t be there with everyone in these tough times but know that I am passionate about this and I will give everything I have to fix this. If only for these kids who work hard every day since I have been onboard. If for you the fans as you continue to support us in these tough times. Please, I ask for your continued support, and look forward to getting to know all of you.”