The Eagle may not be a nocturnal animal, but the Sicamous Eagle is, apparently, a formidable foe after midnight.
The Eagles toppled the Revelstoke Grizzlies 4-0 in game seven of the playoffs, held early Monday morning in Revelstoke.
The road to game seven was a long one, literally. The game was supposed to have been played on Saturday night, but had to be postponed to Sunday night due to a high avalanche danger along the Trans-Canada Highway.
On Sunday, the avalanche threat didn’t let up, so the Eagles had to take the long way around to Revelstoke. After a nine-hour bus trip, the team finally pulled into Revelstoke at around 11 p.m. They hit the ice for practice at 11:30, and game time was midnight, lasting until two in the morning.
“They figured we’d be dragging our butts coming off the bus, but I’ve never seen such a loose bunch of kids ready to play a game and go in and win” a clearly elated Sicamous Eagles manager Wayne March said Monday.
The first period went by with neither team lighting up the board. However, there was yet another delay roughly six minutes into he game when a shot from Sicamous’ Corbin Marcotte smashed the glass behind Revelstoke netminder Ethan Wood.
The second period remained stuck at 0-0 up until 2:29, when Connor Buick bounced the puck off of Wood’s blocker and into the net. The assist came from Brad Crump.
Sicamous poured on the steam in the third frame, and the Grizzlies seemed to melt.
Jagger Bowles potted goal number two for Sicamous early in the frame off of Crump. Tarren Cavanaugh followed suit at 12:41, assisted by Connor Fynn and Stewart Coyle.
Buick sealed the win with an unassisted goal at 2:27.
“We just totally dominated them, we didn’t let their big scoring guns get going, and every time they made a rush, we counter attacked,” says March. “They had more shots on goal than us but that doesn’t mean anything. And our goaltender stood on his head, he was just super.”
That goaltender was not Kris Drott, whose excellent performance throughout the year earned him the nod for top goalie in the KIJHL Doug Birks Division. It was Jack Surgenor, who was a wall throughout the game, stopping 47 shots, to be names first star for the game. Buick and Bowles were named second and third star, respectively.
The Eagles now move on to play the Kamloops Storm. March notes that if round one of the playoffs has proven anything, it’s not to make assumptions.
“We were the underdogs all the way through and we still are,” said March. “You can’t count any team out no matter where they finish. Anything can happen.”
Sicamous will be in Kamloops on March 6 and 7, and back in town on March 9 and 10.
With files from Alex Cooper/ the Revelstoke Times Review.