The KIJHL schedulers deemed it necessary to put the Chase HEAT Hockey Club on 5 overnight road trips this season. The 2nd of the 5 has just been completed with a trip to Grand Forks and Summerland. In two weeks time they visit Nelson and Castlegar, with the last trips in December and February. They are two game trips versus the old school three games in a weekend, hence the extra expense. To this point it has been worth it as the team has 3 wins out of 4 matchups.
Friday night the 1st of November the bags full of twisted twigs stayed over in Grand Forks. The BORDER BRUINS were the hosts for the evening. With a minute gone in the 1st Gavin Mattey turned up the heat when he scored unassisted. 44 seconds later Marino Bordin let a slapper go from the point that bulged the twine, assisted by Rhys Lepine and Hayden Wiebe. Finishing off the 1st Brett Alexander potted his 1st of the season from Corson Nordick.
In the 2nd the hosts scored, however Captain Cam Watson on the man advantage with 6 seconds left got that one back from Breckin Erichuk and Mattey. In the 3rd the “Beast of Burden” Evan Hughes popped a pair on either side of a border bear goal. The 1st 24 seconds in from Mattey and then the finale at 4:44 unassisted. Vince Benedetto once again backstopped his team to success repelling 42 of 44 scoring attempts in a 6-2 win.
Saturday the 2nd in Summerland saw the STEAM playing host. In the 1st twenty minutes there was no scoring. In the 2nd veteran Colton Nikiforuk scored from Erichuk and Benedetto. Summerland got that back and the period ended 1-1. In the 3rd the flood gates opened with a trio of tallies from the twigs of the HEAT. Wiebe from Erichuk and Trevor Kennedy scored the game winning goal. Tyson Lampreau from Watson and Hughes got an insurance goal. Hughes game in and game out takes the team on his back and in doing so insures something good happens for the team. In this case he was first down the ice, fought for possession versus two STEAM defenders and set up the counter. Jayden Russell then got his 1st of the season, an empty netter assisted by Mattey and Haden Nordick. Benedetto denied 26 of 27 to backstop a 4-1 victory.
Next up a Tuesday road trip to face the 100 Mile House WRANGLERS. Friday the 8th the HEAT faces the Kelowna CHIEFS at the Art Holding Memorial Arena, followed by a face off versus the Revelstoke GRIZZLIES at the local Chaos Castle on Saturday night. Two contests worth viewing for the price of admission as the HEAT face two of the best!
Heat Beat: Saturday, Breckin Erichuk played his 100th regular season game while leading the HEAT in scoring. In 2018-19 he was the leading scorer for Chase, currently he has 22 points. Five players on the HEAT are in the top 50 in the KIJHL, three of them in the top 20. Chase has won 4 games in a row and 8 out of the past 10 games. Their goals for are rising and goals against dropping, just what “Doctor” Fox ordered. While Hughes is the “Beast”, Erichuk is the “Set Up Man” and Alexander is the “Agitator” after getting into another tango tangle in Summerland. Chase remains in 2nd spot in the Doug Birks Division, just 3 points back of the Mountain Mecca Mad Bears. There is a new brother act on the HEAT, Jacob Biensch an 18 year old forward from Marsden Saskatchewan has been signed and joins his 20 year old defenceman brother Caleb. Come out and check things out, you won’t be disappointed!