Five days in the HEAT regular season that included three games, are the subject of this week’s grammar mistakes and punctuation faux paus.
Game 1 involves our nearest foes, the Kamloops STORM showing up in town on Tuesday the 28th of January. It was the postponed New Year’s Eve game between the rivals. The STORM popped in a pair of goals either side of Cameron McKenzie from Caleb Biensch keeping it close. After 20 minutes it was 2-1 for the Big Smoke boys. In the middle Kamloops scored their 3rd tally to expand the goal differential. Approximately half way through the final period Cam Watson from Breckin Erichuk got his team without one. However, time ran out and the visitors took 2 points with a 3-2 win. Chase outshot Kamloops 47 – 26 in a losing effort.
Game 2 was held at the Art Holding Memorial Arena on Friday the 31st. The guests were the Osoyoos COYOTES and goal scoring was a special on the night’s menu. Once again McKenzie started the scoring for the HEAT, his first of the night assisted by the return of Evan Hughes and Corson Nordick. Marsden Saskatchewan’s Jacob Biensch scored from Brandon Grimaud before Osoyoos tallied. Gavin Mattey scored his first of the game from Erichuk and Hayden Weibe, with the 1st period ending 3-1 Chase. In the 2nd Mattey got his second counter from Erichuk and Caleb Biensch. Then the COYOTES scored a pair that tightened things to within a goal. Haden Nordick came to the rescue with assists to Watson and Hughes. In the 3rd Osoyoos tightened the screws once again to make a game of it. But the one goal gap was erased with 4 unanswered goals from the HEAT. Veteran Hughes from Corson and Haden Nordick. Followed by Evan Vinterlik with helpers from Danton L’Heureux and Erichuk. McKenzie then got his 2nd of the night unassisted, with the final tally from Caleb Biensch ably aided by Jayden Russell and L’Heureux. After 60 minutes a 9-4 win for the HEAT, with Dylan Barton stopping 22 of 26 attempts.
Saturday night the 1st of February the HEAT visited the Revelstoke Forum, home of the Division leading GRIZZLIES. In the 1st period Revelstoke scored twice before, guess who, McKenzie on the powerplay from Gremaud and Caleb Biensch tallied. Revelstoke got a third goal and after 1 it was 3-1. In the 2nd the homeside added two more to stretch their lead. Mattey on the man advantage scored assisted by Watson and Wiebe, after 40 minutes the score 5-2 Revelstoke. The 3rd period belonged to the hosts who scored three times to put an exclamation mark behind an 8-2 home win. The HEAT outshot the GRIZZLIES 46 – 28 in a losing effort.
Heat Beat: Cameron McKenzie since coming to Chase in a trade has discovered a hot scoring touch, popping in 4 goals in the 3 games. Colton Nikiforuk, Trevor Kennedy, Tyson Lampreau and Marino Bordin all remain on the shelf with injuries.
The HEAT tour the south Okanagan this coming weekend with games in Osoyoos and Summerland. Back to back home games are featured with Princeton Posse on the 14th and the next night the 15th the Sicamous Eagles closing out the seldom scheduled double header at our Chaos Castle.
Watch for details on the Mental Health Fair at Chase Secondary School on February 13th. Fabulous guest speakers, exhibits and free admission. The Chase HEAT in partnership with the Chase LION’s are able to bring this special event to OUR town with an emphasis on Youth.