Five hundred-plus fans and volunteers took in two games last weekend that rocked the rink.
Apologies are extended to those who live in the proximity of Art Holding Arena because when each game was over the fans were loud and proud.
Friday night, Nov. 2 saw the Grizzlies from Revelstoke come to town. So far this year they’ve had the Heat’s number but not on this evening. In a battle between two teams that highlighted fast skating and hard hitting, the local side took a 5-3 victory.
Captain Kurtis Johnson opened scoring, assisted by Shelby Kostyshen and Reece Forman. The grumpy bears got that one back before Kostyshen got one assisted by McKenzie Guardiero and Johnson.
Johnson potted his second goal in the second frame, with assists from Catlin McLeod and Kostyshen. Revelstoke scored to get it close.
In the third period, the Heat scored twice and Grizzlies once. Kostyshen got his second goal, assisted by Ryan Beach and Wade Cline. Johnson completed scoring into an empty net, assisted by Forman.
Johnson got the hat trick along with an assist, while Kostyshen tallied two goals and two assists. Jacob Mattes faced 42 shots between the pipes.
On Saturday, Nov. 3 the Penticton Lakers came to town to face the Heat. Chase got two first period goals – the first by Reece Forman, assisted by McLeod and Levi Chamberlain. The second goal was by Ethan Kalugin, assisted by Aiden Silzer-Hooker. There was no scoring in the second period, with Chase sandwiching one in the third frame between two Laker goals, courtesy of Johnson from Forman and Kostyshen. Devon Pearson faced 23 shots for the win.
The Heat play host to the Kelowna Chiefs on Thursday night, Nov. 8, and then head to Armstrong for a Friday night tilt versus the North Okanagan Knights. The Heat sizzled all weekend and currently are very hot entertainment.