What a difference a few days make in Junior Hockey. Last week’s news was gloom and doom, with the anticipation the HEAT were falling apart. Injuries weren’t helping to key regulars on the roster, and that list is now at six…ouch. However buckets were snapped on securely to heads, socks were pulled up and the boys worked hard to achieve success. To say the least it was a far more positive couple of contests to write about.
Wednesday the 10th of November the arch rival Sicamous EAGLES flew back into town mere days after trouncing the HEAT. Different day – different result! The Sicamous crew got on the board first before Dylan Handel handled the vulcanized rubber into the net twice, the first one unassisted and the second helped by Jarod Sigouin and Lucas Ouellette. In the 2nd James Poole from Justin Vinterlik and Connor Nelles started the party, but the EAGLES got one back. Sigouin popped his 6th of the season aided by Matteo Bordin and Ouellette. Local Carden Alec finished off the period with his 1st from Poole and Vinterlik. The HEAT just had to hold on but did one better in the 3rd with Aiden Brown scoring unassisted. A well earned 6-2 victory backed up by Jack Osmond stopping 35 of 37 shots fired his way.
Next visitors to the Art Holding Memorial Arena were the 100 Mile House WRANGLERS who chuck wagoned into rainy Chase on Saturday the 13th. The normal rough and tumble tousles between these rivals was actually a free wheeling exciting contest of flash and dash. The 1st ended after 20 minutes 1-0 WRANGLERS. No scoring or penalties in the 2nd is spite of 18 shots fired from HEAT sticks. Chase got two in the 3rd, Vinterlik from Malachi Franklin and Corson Nordick, followed less then 2 minutes later by Garrett Martin from Bordin and Brayden Haskell. 100 Mile House then tied the match to send the game to overtime. Five minutes of 3 on 3 action changed absolutely nothing and next up was edge of your seat shootout time. The only goal was a dipsy doodle dandy from the handy Handel to claim a 3-2 win for the HEAT! The two stars WRANGLER’S tender Casey Thomson 43/46 and HEAT’s Roderic May 31/33. The local fans left happy as they swam to their vehicles in a downpour of precipitation.
The HEAT now hit the highway for a trio of clashes in Kamloops, Osoyoos and Princeton, returning to play the Revelstoke GRIZZLIES on the 27th at 7:00 pm.
The HEAT recognized “EVERY CHILD MATTERS” on Saturday with Special Guests Chief Lynn Duckchief who delivered words of acknowledgement and Elder Cliff Arnouse who delivered the Honour prayer. A ceremonial faceoff followed with Carden Alec representing the HEAT. Special orange jerseys were unveiled that represent the respect, recognition and support the HEAT organization has for reconciliation and decolonization. Every Child Matters each and every day!