The North Okanagan Knights left a humbling mark on the Sicamous Eagles over the weekend, bringing the Eagles’ six-game winning streak to a close.
Sicamous played two games against the Knights over the weekend, one on Friday, Oct 12 in Armstrong, and the second on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Sicamous. A third game, held Sunday, Oct. 14 vs the Revelstoke Grizzlies ended in a 2-2 tie.
In the first one, Sicamous, coincidentally, kicked the Knights off a six-game winning streak with a 5-4 win. In that contest the Knights were first on the board at 16:46 in the first period. Sicamous replied early in the second half of the frame with a goal from Corbin Marcotte, assisted by Joel Kipp and Justin Murray. In what turned out to be the hottest two minutes of the game, the Knights potted a second goal at 6:53, with Sicamous’ Steven Powers (assisted by Nicholas Astasiewicz and Joel Kipp) getting a rebound goal at 6:26. This was followed by another marker for Okanagan at 6:12. At 5:35, Sicamous’ Matt Reed (off of Cameron Berry) tied things up at 3-3 and, five seconds later, teammate Kelyn Opel – assisted by Brayden Taekema and Kipp – put the Eagles in a 4-3 lead going into the second period.
The Knights tied things up again with the sole goal of the second frame. But Opel made it past the Knights’ defences in the third period to score the game winner for Sicamous, with assists going to Brendan Devries and Taekema.
Opel and Kipp were named the game’s first and third stars, respectively.
In the Saturday contest, the Eagles put up a strong offence but were unable to find the back of the North Okanagan net until the last 41 second of the final period, when Connor Buick potted Sicamous’ single, aided by Reed and Cameron Berry.
Scoring in the Sunday contest, played in Sicamous, didn’t occur until the last two minutes of the first period, with Revelstoke scoring twice. The second frame saw no action on the scoreboard. Astasiewicz potted Sicamous’ first goal of the evening at 14:45 in the third period. He was assisted by Steven Powers and James Stoski. The second goal of the frame came from Reed, unassisted.
Reed was named third star for the game. First star went to Sicamous goalie Jack Surgenor, who stopped 30 shots on net. Second star went to Knights netminder Aaron Brandoli, who stopped 49 out of 47 shots.
The weekend’s results put Sicamous in second place, behind the Knights, in the tightly contested Doug Birks Division.
Sicamous’ next game is at home on Friday, Oct. 19 vs the Chase Heat. Game time is 7 p.m.