The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 have been fairly good for the young men on the Chase HEAT. It started with the KIJHL College Showcase where the HEAT won both their games. That was followed by a one goal 3-2 loss to the Kamloops STORM on New Years Eve day in Chase. In that one Gavin Mattey popped one in assisted by Evan Vinterlik and Marino Bordin. The final tally of the game went to Vinterlik with Brandon Gremaud and Mattey getting the assists.
Friday night the 4th of January, the team travelled to Princeton to meet the POSSE. In the 1st Princeton got on the board, followed by no scoring in the 2nd. In the 3rd Evan Hughes tallied an unassisted goal, and then Cam Watson on the powerplay from Vinterlik and Mattey scored the game winner. A 2-1 road warrior win to make the late night arrival back in town just a little nicer.
On the 5th of the new month at the Art Holding Memorial Arena the HEAT stumbled out of the gate before the flood gates opened. In the 1st the Osoyoos COYOTES tallied a trio of goals for a commanding 3-0 lead. In the 2nd the HEAT bookended an Osoyoos goal with a pair of their own. Newly signed 20 year old Tony Dennis from Chase, slapped one home from the blueline assisted by Hayden Wiebe and Hughes. Then Hughes got in the picture from Breckin Erichuk and Wiebe. In the 3rd period the locals completely dominated scoring 5 of the 6 goals in the final 20 minutes. The new guy in town from Moose Jaw Saskatchewan Hayden Wiebe popped in his 1st from Hughes and Erichuk. Mr. Dennis slapped in his 2nd of the season from Wiebe and Hughes, before Brock Marple scored his hat trick goal for the COYOTES. But the celebration ended there for the visitors. Wiebe scored his 2nd of the contest from Erichuk and Caleb Biensch, followed by Garrick Ward from Brett Alexander. The thriller in this match came when Captain Cam Watson defending on a 5 on 3 penalty kill, stole the puck and marched down the ice on a breakaway to score a razzle dazzle goal. 49 shots were fired at the Osoyoos tandem in net, with 7 slipping past, the HEAT taking 40 minutes to get up to speed and earning a 7-5 win. Hayden Wiebe garnered star recognition on the basis of 2 goals and 3 assists.
Next up on Friday the 11th at 7 pm are the 100 Mile House WRANGLERS, always a nail biting night of entertainment at the local Chaos Castle. That’s followed by a 3 game road trip week versus Kamloops, Revelstoke and Kelowna before returning to face Sicamous on the 19th. A serious test to determine how much the HEAT have improved.