The KIJHL Regular Season consists of 49 games, both home and away. The local shinny shimmy shake boys have just completed games 13 and 14.
Last Saturday the 26th of October they travelled to Memorial Arena in Kamloops to face off versus the STORM. They came with a few tricks up their sleeves and left with a big treat for their fans. The hosts got their only goal of the game to start the scoring, but Evan Hughes the “Beast of Burden” buried the puck from Evan Vinterlik and Breckin Erichuk. After 1, the score tied at 1-1.
In the 2nd Gavin Mattey assisted by Haden Nordick popped one in on the man advantage to make it 2-1.
In the 3rd Vinterlik from Brandon Gremaud completed the tricking of the STORM making the score 3-1. Dylan Barton denied 24 of 25 shots to backstop his team to the win. The HEAT fans left the rink having been treated to a victory.
On another Tuesday night encounter the HEAT were hosts to the Sicamous Eagles at the Art Holding Memorial Arena. With a crisp chill in the air the team faithful can now clearly enjoy “Hockey Season”. One point separated these two Shuswap teams, Sicamous in the east and Chase in the west. It was the proverbial 4 pointer in the Division standings and the first meeting of these neighbours in the Regular Season.
In the 1st Hayden Wiebe scored assisted by Erichuk and Gremaud. The EAGLES got that one back on the powerplay. Erichuk restored the lead assisted by Wiebe and Gremaud. After 20 minutes it was 2-1 HEAT. In the 2nd period the Sicamous sticks popped in a pair, after 40 it was 3-2.
In the 3rd you could cut the tension with a butter knife and the excitement didn’t disappoint. Erichuk scored his 2nd of the night on the man advantage, a little tuck in to tie things up, Mattey provided the assistance. Then rookie Trevor Kennedy got his 4th of the season on a similar type play, tucking a back hander past the posts after a seeing eye hot dog of a shot from Rhys Lepine with help from their friend Vinterlik. The extra icing came from an empty net tally from Caleb Biensch, his 1st of the season. Chase fired 55 shots at Coltin Dodge in the EAGLES net who received a star for standing on his head. Vince Benedetto nabbed 28 of 31 to keep his team in this one when it was needed. Erichuk earned the star with a 2 goal 1 assist evening. Chase is now 2nd in the Division 1 point up on Sicamous with 2 games in hand.
The HEAT leave town this weekend to face the Grand Forks BORDER BRUINS and the Summerland STEAM. Next Tuesday they play the WRANGLERS in 100 Mile House. Next tango at the Chaos Castle in Chase is Friday November 8th versus our Okanagan friends the Kelowna CHIEFS. Heat Beat: After the Kamloops game the local crew was pumping in 3.62 goals per game while allowing 3.15. The goaltending and defensive efforts continue to improve and that second number should decrease over the coming weeks. From recent reports Chasian Russell Hassler is enjoying hockey in Ponoka Alberta and receiving lots of ice time. If you haven’t been to a junior hockey game in Chase you should give it a try, the entertainment includes more then a game of hockey, check it out!