Sicamous Eagles stay frosty in Game 7 to trounce Revelstoke Grizzlies

Sicamous to proceed in playoffs to face off against the Kamloops Storm

Sicamous Eagle Steven Powers goes upstairs on Revelstoke Grizzlies netminder Ethan Wood in the second frame of game four in the playoffs. Revelstoke rallied to tie Sicamous’ three-game lead and push the playoffs into game seven

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.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Salmon Arm demonstrators show unity with Black Lives Matter movement

Participants speak out against systemic racism and targeting of vulnerable populations

RCMP seek to identify person of interest in Salmon Arm arson investigation

Police believe a June 4 residential garage fire was deliberately set

Revelstoke, North Okanagan RCMP team up to nab Alberta man, stolen BMW

Helicopter, dogs used in North Okanagan highway arrest

Salmon Arm West bridge construction expected to begin in fall 2020

Budget for Highway 1 project up $20 million over intial 2016 estimate

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Penticton Search and Rescue respond to six calls in less than a week

Two hikers rescued in early morning search near Greyback Lake latest in series of searches

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary rescinds all Grand Forks-area evacuation orders

Evacuation alerts for 1,136 Boundary properties remain in effect as officials monitor forecasts

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

In photos: Modified, yet traditional graduation gives Penticton graduates a sense of normalcy

Students around Penticton take part in pre-recorded graduation ceremonies

Filming to resume safely later in June: Okanagan Film Commission

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said they want to start filming again later in June

Kelowna RCMP investigate woman’s sudden death

Criminality is not suspected at this time, according to RCMP

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Most Read