With two games left to play in the month of November, the Chase HEAT have garnered 13 of 18 available points. Six wins (4 on the road), 3 losses including one in double overtime at home. Not to shabby some would say, as only the November 5th game in 100 Mile House got out of reach for the local pucksters. Snapping at the heels of the Revelstoke GRIZZLIES the HEAT sit in 2nd spot in the Doug Birks Division with 30 points. With the tenders being stingy, the defenders being hard hitting and the shooters being sharp the boys have found multiple ways in which to be successful. The mind bending video sessions, the body bending yoga sessions, the cursed cross fit workouts, all added to daily hard working on ice practices have tuned up the lads as an interchangeable player force.
This past weekend provided 4 valuable points but the opposition didn’t make it easy. On Friday Night at the east end of the Shuswap Lakes the arch rival Sicamous EAGLES welcomed their foes from the west. Former HEAT player Brayden Haskell got satisfaction scoring on his former teammates, the only goal in the 1st period. The 2nd was all Chase, the recently very hot Hayden Wiebe from Evan Vinterlik and Marino Bordin tied the game up. Before the period ended veteran Brett Alexander scored the game winner aided by Corson Nordick and Jacob Biensch. No scoring in the final frame saw this match go in the books a 2-1 win for the HEAT. Dylan Barton in net denied 26 of 27 shots he faced to lead his team to success.
Saturday night the 23rd at the Art Holding Memorial Arena the HEAT hosted the Princeton POSSE. In the 1st stanza both teams scored 3 times, the visitors once again scoring first. Brandon Gremaud took it upon his self to make it 1-1 on a short handed unassisted charge down the ice. That got the fans out of their seats, a hooting and a hollering. Less then 2 minutes later the POSSE retook the lead. Colton Nikiforuk couldn’t put up with that and put the biscuit in the basket from Jayden Russell and Evan Hughes. Not totally satisfied with that Nikiforuk did his own impression of Gremaud scoring shorthanded and unassisted to take the lead. That was short lived as Princeton tied the game before period’s end. In the 2nd there was no scoring but the on ice antics gained a higher level of rowdiness. In the 3rd the antics continued while the HEAT popped a pair of goals. Cam Watson from his good friend Hughes placed the puck in the neighbour’s net prior to Hughes scoring from Wiebe and Biensch. At the 60 minute mark the HEAT had earned a 5-3 victory. Vince Bennedetto stopped 29 of 32 in providing his team the ability to succeed.
To end the month the locals welcome the Creston Valley THUNDERCATS on Friday the 29th, followed by a clash in 100 Mile House versus the WRANGLERS on Saturday.
Heat Beat: At Friday Nights game the camoflage jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the local Legion Poppy Fund to assist our Veterans. A nice keepsake for donating to a very worthy cause, see you at the game!
While Breckin Erichuck leads the team in scoring with 27 points he missed the pair of weekend games after having all four of his wisdom teeth extracted. Close behind in scoring Hughes (26), Gavin Mattey (26), Wiebe (22) and Nikiforuk (21).