It was a win, but it wasn’t pretty.
On Friday night, Oct. 23, the Sicamous Eagles were in Armstrong to do battle with the North Okanagan Knights. Despite being outshot in regulation play, the Eagles were able to go home with a 4-3 overtime win and their share of bruises.
The game stayed civil until 13:16, when the Eagles’ Alex Astasiewicz lit up the board with a marker off of Scott Robinson. Penalties started racking up soon after, starting with an interference call on the Knights’ Drayton Martin, followed by a roughing call for teammate Trent Redschlag. The Eagles’ Cameron Flinton received the same for his involvement. Minutes later, Eagle Darien Head wound up in the sin bin for a game misconduct and head contact.
Both teams added singles in the second frame, with the Eagles’ marker delivered at 15:15 on the power play by Scott Robinson off of Nicholas Cuglietta and Nathan Plessis. The Knight’s goal came at 3:03, also on a power play. Both teams continued to rack up penalty kill time through the frame, right up to the buzzer.
The Knights added two more goals in the first half of the third. It looked as though the hosts would take the game until 1:40, when Eagle Bailey Shaver found the back of the net with an unassisted marker. The goal kept Sicamous in the remaining 100 seconds of the game and pushed the contest into overtime. At 2:31 in overtime play, a pass from Bradley Whitehead was intercepted by Shaver who once again was able to ripple mesh and earn Sicamous the win. Shaver was named the game’s second star.
The Eagles had little time to recover, hosting the Revelstoke Grizzlies Saturday night, Oct. 24 at the rec centre.
After a scoreless first period, second period saw the Grizzlies’ Kyle Berry score an early marker assisted by Aaron Aragon. About a minute to the halfway mark, teammate Ethan Waitzner potted a single off Kyle Donaldson and Louie Federico.
Halfway through the third, Plessis potted one for the Eagles with assistance from Astasiewicz and Braydon McCarthy. Grizzlies goalie Aidan Doak denied all further attempts before the final buzzer. Final score: 2-1 for the Grizzlies.
Sicamous netminder Patrick Kasper was named first star, stopping 28 out of 30 shots on net.
The Eagles aren’t back on the ice until Friday, Oct. 30, when they once again take on the Grizzlies.