The Chase Heat held their Family Weekend during Thanksgiving – a weekend that went from bizarre to warm and cozy.
On Friday, Oct. 10, they hosted the Kamloops Storm who went on to a 6-2 victory. Other than latest acquisition Hayden Orton, the rest of the Heat took the night off. After the Storm went up 4-0, Orton, early in the third, potted his first from Kolten Moore and Connor Venne. Kamloops got two more before Orton closed out scoring assisted by Travis Beaubien and Cole Perison. Two-hundred-and-seventy people in the stands, including family and friends, left scratching their heads.
On Saturday the 11th, the Heat hosted the KIJHL-leading Osoyoos Coyotes. The night before was basically a bad horror flick and on this evening, the scales were tipped in a barn-burning, entertaining thriller from start to finish.
Two-hundred-and-twenty people watched as Mike “Stretch” Byer stood on his head, stopping 42 of 44 to preserve a 3-2 victory for the HEAT. Chase shut down the vaunted Osoyoos power play on 11 occasions while popping in 2 on 13 opportunities.
Trevor Okino started things early in the first on the power play assisted by Jordan Passmore and Kaleb Boyle. Then the Coyotes got one to tie things up, and then another in the second period. In the third, Boyle, on the power play, tied things up from Dustin Vasil and Beaubien. Then Passmore scored the winner assisted by Moore and Tommy Brown. It was a huge win for the home side and created happy faces for the fans in attendance.
Sunday the 12th saw 48 golfers take in the fourth Annual Heat Classic at Sunshore Golf Course. More than 100 showed up for a delicious turkey dinner to conclude Family Weekend in Chase.
Next up are the Western Canada Junior B Champion Beaver Valley Nighthawks on Friday the 17th in Chase – another adversity for the boys in pink to overcome and claim victory.
October is Breast Cancer Research and Cure month, so fans are invited to come out for entertaining hockey and a good cause.