The Cole’s Notes version of the past weekend, it started with a close one in defeat and a scare on the way to a win. The Neil Murdoch Division can’t be taken for granted when the Doug Birks Division teams pay regular season visits.
The HEAT travelled on Friday the 15th of November to picturesque Nelson to face the LEAFS. The City and surrounding area were welcoming but the “Green Team” were not. After 40 minutes or in hockey parlance two periods, the hosts had pumped in two powerplay goals and an even strength tally. A deep ditch well shoveled one could say by an honest labourer. But this is hockey and the HEAT quite often this autumn have chosen to make third period comebacks for the brass ring. The “Beasty Boy” Evan Hughes scored on the man advantage from Gavin Mattey and Breckin Erichuk, it was a start. 12 minutes later the LEAFS countered with a shorthanded unassisted goal. “Captain Courage” Cam Watson scored on the powerplay from Mattey and Hayden Wiebe with a little more than 3 minutes left. Vince Bennedetto in net had been pulled to make it a 6 on 4 advantage and the gamble paid off in spades. With 25 seconds left “Whirling” Wiebe from Erichuk and Mattey got the visitors close 4-3. But the buzzer went and the LEAFS didn’t fall, the HEAT did.
Saturday Night was alright for fighting and some tango tangles broke out in a contest versus the Castlegar REBELS. After 18 minutes of penalties the evening prior, Chase garnered 79 minutes to assist in changing their mojo to mayhem. The hosts scored in the 1st period, which included 4 misconducts by the strangers on the ice. After 1 period it was 1-0 hosts. In the 2nd wrestling exhibitions took to the stage as 6 more misconducts were issued by the men in stripes. However, Chase discovered several ways in which to put vulcanized rubber past the blue paint and into the foes net. Trevor Kennedy from Rhys Lepine tied the game up before Colton Nikiforuk from Corson Nordick had Chase gain the lead. Wiebe and his twisted twig then paired up to pot two, both on man advantages. The first from Erichuk and Kennedy and the second from Nikiforuk and Bennedetto. In the 3rd the volume got turned down very low with no scoring or dancing. A 4-1 victory with “Benny” Bennedetto stopping 29 of 30 shots faced to backstop his team to success.
This coming weekend the Shuswap Two Team Title recommences with a contest in Sicamous versus the EAGLES on Friday Night. Saturday the 23rd the POSSE from Princeton visit the Art Holding Memorial Arena at 7:00 pm.
Heat Beat: November is National Diabetes Month and the HEAT have two young men on the roster that play big roles who have Type 1 diabetes. Against the odds Trevor Kennedy and Vince Bennedetto face the adversity and challenges associated with diabetes.
Camouflage Jersey – Poppy Fund Silent Auction continues till the 29th. Nab a natty camo jersey with the name and number of your favourite player and at the same time support our veterans in this month of Remembrance.