In the standings they’re tied but on the ice, the Chase Heat seem to have gained an edge on the Sicamous Eagles.
December 10 was the last time the Eagles were able to best the Heat (4-0). Since then, whenever the two teams have met, Chase has been the one coming out on top. Such was the case last Wednesday, Jan. 14, when the Heat earned a 6-1 win against their Sicamous hosts.
The Eagles were first on the board with an early, first-period marker by Korwin Shewchuk, assisted by Riley Cardinal. Sicamous continued with the same calibre of effort throughout the first and second periods, but could no longer get the puck past Heat goaltender Daniel Toews.
On Friday night, Jan. 16, the Eagles were at the Princeton and District Arena where they picked up a 5-2 win over the Posse. The board wasn’t lit up until the second frame with an unassisted marker by Samuel Subert. The Posse tied things up going into the third period, scoring once more early in that frame before the Eagles took charge. Carter Hansen tied up the game with a marker at 13:37 off Nicholas Cuglietta. The rest of the scoring happened in the last six minutes of the game, beginning with the tie-breaker by Ashton Wake off Braden Losinski and Hansen. Ben Campbell potted an unassisted goal at 1:05. The final goal was an empty netter by Shewchuk, assisted by Bradley Whitehead and Owen Rowsell.
On Saturday night, the Eagles were able to claw their way to a 6-5 overtime win against hosts the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
A power-play conversion put the Grizzlies on the board first at 16:02 in the first frame. Subert tied it up at 8:40 with assists by Braden Lozinski and Rowsell. With less than a minute left on the clock, the Eagles pulled ahead with goals by Cardinal, assisted by Nathan Grieve and Riley Jepson, and Hansen, assisted by Lozinski and Nathan Plessis.
The Eagles maintained their lead in the second period with a power-play conversion by Rowsell off Shewchuk and Subert. The Grizzlies added two of their own before the period’s end, putting the score at 4-3.
The Grizzlies added two markers early in the third period, but a goal by Justin Wilde, assisted by Ben Campbell, tied the game up at 5-5, where the score stayed until the period’s end.
Grieve potted the game winner in second overtime off Wake and Lozinski.
While Revelstoke rotated goaltenders, Patrick Kasper was on duty throughout the game for Sicamous, stopping 41 out of 46 shots on net.
The Eagles are back in action tonight, Jan. 21, to host the Summerland Steam. Game time is 7.
The Sicamous Minor Hockey novice Eagles host their annual tournament Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25. The pre-novice Eagles host their tourney on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Prize donations are being accepted for both tournaments, with money raised to be used to help cover tournament costs.
To support minor hockey, or for more information, call Chantel Walsh at 250-836-3811.