Inspiration for tales of hunting are hard enough, but for the travails of a losing hockey team, they are a genuine hardship, hence the title of this trivia. The HEAT got it right this past weekend, they won at home and lost on the road.
The faithful fans at the local Chaos Castle were treated to an entertaining night on Friday the 1st. The roster included 4 call up’s due to numerous banged up regulars unable to do the tube skate boogie. Inspired by the tenacity of the wannabes the veterans rose to the occasion versus the Grand Forks BORDER BRUINS. Russell Hassler got the crowd up and clapping 3 minutes in to the 1st period from Breckin Erichuk and Marino Bordin. The Forks got that one back, however Hayden Wiebe from Evan Vinterlik and Erichuk regained the lead. With 25 seconds to go Brayden Haskell from Cody Allen made it 3-1. In the 2nd Kobe Pavlovich got his 1st of the season from Gavin Mattey and Vinterlik. Once again Chase allowed the visitors to score, but Erichuk popped a counter in from Wiebe and Ty Collens. In the 3rd the HEAT weathered the hunger of the BRUINS to claim a 5-3 home ice victory and the fans left with a skip in their steps. Dylan Barton between the pipes displayed some solid puck stopping skills to aid the outcome.
Saturday the 2nd the team travelled to the mountain mecca of Revelstoke to face off versus the Division leading GRIZZLIES. The rivals from Revy have feasted all year on the HEAT, and this night was no different. Revelstoke commenced the hunting trip for a win with 5 goals in the 1st period. In the 2nd Mattey blasted a powerplay slapshot behind the opposition, aided by Vinterlik and Evan Hughes, the score 5-1. In the 3rd the GRIZZLIES shot 3 past the posts in the Chase zone before Mattey again on the man advantage bulged the twine, helped by Erichuk and Wiebe. The mad bears finished off the shooting extravaganza by mauling the HEAT 9-2.
Down and Ups: Marino Bordin the 16 year old rookie from Notch Hill was called up by the Junior A Salmon Arm Silvertips on Saturday and got an assist on a goal. The Annual Heat Awards Banquet will serve up stories and pasta on Sunday the 24th starting at 5 pm. Tickets to attend are $20 and the venue is the ALIB Conference Centre. Buy a ticket or two at remaining home games or by calling 778-220-6955. Share some special moments with this season’s players, parents, billets, volunteers and fans.