Sicamous Eagles poised to end year on winning streak

The Sicamous Eagles appear determined to end the year on a winning streak.

The Sicamous Eagles appear determined to end the year on a winning streak.

The team was back in the Kootenays Friday night, and had a much better experience than the last time, defeating the Castlegar Rebels 5-2. The following night, they were in the Okanagan where they enjoyed a 5-1 victory over the Princeton Posse.

Castlegar may not have scored in the first period (or second), but they certainly kept Sicamous netminder Jack Surgenor busy with 20 missed opportunities on net. Sicamous managed 11 shots, with two of them rippling the mesh. The first goal came in the first minute of the frame from Brayden Taekema, assisted by Brendan Devries and Steven Powers. The second goal, scored in the second half of the frame, would be the first in a Brendan Devries hat trick. It was assisted by Taekema and Nathan Grieve.

The sole goal of the second period was a repeat performance by Devries, once again in the first minute, and assisted by Connor Fynn and Taekema.

It wasn’t until the second half of the third frame that fans of the home team were treated to a pair of goals from the Rebels, one of the markers coming from former Eagle Matt Reed. These, however, were, scored around two more Sicamous goals. The first was by Kelyn Opel, aided by Corbin Marcotte and Nicholas Astasiewicz. With 39 seconds left and an empty Castlegar net,  Devries potted his final goal of the evening, assisted by Taekema and Marcotte.

Game first star went to Devries, with second star going to Taekema and third to Surgenor.

Any hope the Posse had of defeating their guests seemed to be dashed after the first period. Well, actually the first minute of the first period, when they potted their single for the evening. The period ended with Princeton on a 1-0 lead, but Sicamous replied early on in the second frame with a power-play marker from Jameson Stoski, assisted by Devries.

At 7:13, Marcotte used the power play to put in goal number two for Sicamous, aided by Stoski and Opel.

The last minute of the period saw two more goals for Sicamous, the first by Opel, assisted by Grieve and Alex Dartnall, and the second by Quinn Rempel, with the assist going to Steven Powers.

Scoring ended with a single near the half point in the third period from Jordan Harder, aided by Marcotte and Taekema.

Opel and Stoski were named the game’s first and second star, respectively.

Sicamous remains on top of the Doug Birks Division with 41 points, and five points behind current KIJHL leader the Nelson Leafs.

There are four more games left this year for the Eagles, including a home game versus the Spokane Braves on Saturday, Dec. 15.