The village hosted the Mountain Mecca Grizzlies on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Art Holding Memorial Arena.
At the end of this tale, the hometown Heat captured a 3-1 victory in a solid team effort. Revelstoke opened scoring in the first period on the powerplay and that was all the fun the grouchy bears would have in this one. In the second, it was Kolten Moore from Tommy Brown and Travis Beaubien, and 16 minutes later Tyler Mork from Cody Hodges. In the third, Kaleb Boyle from Hodges and Mork put the exclamation mark on this contest.
In contrast, on Saturday the 6th as the community celebrated Chase Country Christmas, the village squad gave it their all for 40 minutes in an attempt to beat the ‘Little Apple’ Kelowna Chiefs. Hodges scored unassisted in the second. But on this day that was not enough, as the Okanagan City crew scored three times in the third to hand the locals a 3-1 loss. A tough and costly loss in the local barn.
Sunday afternoon the Heat travelled to Kamloops to take on the division-leading big city Storm. No love was lost in this David and Goliath struggle and, just like the original tale, the little guys pulled out a hard-fought win. In the first Kamloops got on the board prior to Chase popping in three. It was Brown from Moore and Braden Hughes, Beaubien from Moore and Brown, and then Wesley Matsuda from Logan Mostat.
In the second, the Storm got two back prior to Brown from Moore and Beaubien regaining the lead. In the third, the teams exchanged goals with the winner going to Spencer Farstad, assisted by Michael Byer. A huge first win on Kamloops soil for the village hockey club.
The Heat travel to Summerland versus the Steam on Friday the 12th. On Sunday the 14th the Heat are in 100 Mile House and then on Dec. 17 they are home against the North Okanagan Knights. That night is the annual Christmas Cookie Baking Extravaganza. Bring your wallet and let the Heat do your Christmas baking.