Another week has passed and the Heat have been off and on in more ways then one. For the citizens of the area we have enjoyed power outages due to apparent substation deficiencies, playing havoc of course with daily activities. On the ice it’s another week of lose one win one, which is a habit that is getting old.
With flashes of what could be, such as the four game winning streak, we watch a team that displays a vanilla personality.
Battling neck and neck in the standings with the Kamloops Storm the Heat travelled on Tuesday November 8th for a face to face duel for two points. We can be brief in summary, the loops lads ran roughshod over the meek Heat. Through forty minutes of action 7 straight goals scored. In the 3rd period Carter Spring ruined the Storm goalie’s shutout bid, assisted by Bryan Fraser and Mikkel Hrechka. In the end a 7-1 well earned loss.
Two days later the Kelowna Chiefs meet the Heat at the Art Holding Memorial Arena. The Chiefs are currently in last place in the KIJHL standings which is an oddity for them. Ripe for the pickings they scare the local fans by hanging around for forty minutes. In the 1st the Okanagan squad scores first. Jalen Davidson ties it up from Trevor Kennedy and Aiden Brown. In the 2nd Kieran Armitage from Maddex Bignell and Owen Dean gets a go ahead goal. Kelowna responds and after two periods its 2-2. Bignell unassisted gets his 4th of the season, followed by Braeden Huth with his 5th. A 4-2 win for the Heat.
Pumping Tires: It’s enjoyable to watch rookies rising to the challenges presented in the KIJHL. Upfront Armitage, Davidson and Bignell are heating up. The grit and skill displayed by the duo of Nahorney and Garries is fun to watch. The veteran trio of Garrett Martin, Spring and Huth has more to give in the tank, they just have to find that next gear. The rest will get mentioned in the weeks to come.
Tuesday the 15th the locals ride north to face the 100 Mile House Wranglers. Friday the 18th they head east to battle the Eagles in Sicamous. Saturday night at our Chaos Castle the Chase Heat face the Summerland Steam at 7:00 pm. See you at the rink for a barn burner!