Sicamous Eagle Jacob Chafe and Ethan Schaeffer of the Revelstoke Grizzlies race for the puck in the Grizzlies’ end during a game at the Sicamous and District Rec Centre on Sunday, Oct. 28. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Sicamous Eagles deal Grizzlies first loss of the season

The Grizzlies would go on to win the teams’ second game of the weekend

Buoyed by a pair of wins against Osoyoos and Princeton last weekend, the Sicamous Eagles travelled to Revelstoke to take on the undefeated Grizzlies on Oct. 26.

The opening period was scoreless, with Revelstoke controlling the puck and holding the Eagles to only three shots on their goal. Sicamous goaltender Cole Steinke weathered an offensive storm, keeping all 22 shots he faced out of the net.

The Grizzlies broke the scoring deadlock early in the second frame with a shorthanded goal off the stick of Ryan Pereverzoff.

Aaron Plessis fired the equalizer into the net for the Eagles, and just 30 seconds later Brandon Pelletier gave them the lead.

Cody Flann of the Grizzlies slipped one by Steinke to leave the score 2-2 with just over seven minutes to go in the period. The Grizzlies managed a power-play goal as Sean Moleschi served a hooking penalty to close out the period with a one goal lead.

After some back- and-forth action for the first half of the final period the Eagles turned on the jets in the final 10 minutes, starting with another goal from Pelletier to restore the tie. David Cloutier scored, assisted by Moleschi and Colton Yaremko to take the lead with six minutes to go. The Grizzlies pulled their goalie in the final minutes and Justin Hodgson skated in unassisted to wrap up a 5-3 win for the Eagles.

The following night the Eagles played host to the North Okanagan Knights in Sicamous.

After a scoreless first period Hodgson scored the opener for the Eagles, assisted by Dallas Stewart and Jordan Sheasgreen.

The Knights managed to tie things up but in the final two minutes of the period Trysten Brookman scored to restore the Eagles’ lead.

Sean Thornton scored the Eagles’ third early in the final period and Jacob Chafe made it 4-1 Eagles as the clock ticked down to the final buzzer.

The Grizzlies got another crack at the one team to blemish their record in a Sunday night clash in Sicamous. The big brown bears had an evening to rest their skaters while the Eagles were taking on the Knights.

Neither team was able to solve the opponent’s goaltender in the first period. There was a scary moment as Jacob Chafe of the Eagles slammed head-first into the boards after a check from a Revelstoke player and took a few minutes and help from teammates to get back on his feet.

The Grizzlies’ Ethan Schaeffer was ejected from the game for checking from behind.

Josh Irvine got Revelstoke on the board early in the second period and the Grizzlies held onto the lead until Plessis scored with 20 seconds left in the period to leave the game tied heading into the last 20 minutes.

Irvine tallied up his second of the night and Carter Anderson took advantage of the power play to leave the Eagles a two goal deficit to overcome and six minutes to do it.

Despite having tired legs from a long weekend of games, the Eagles couldn’t be faulted for their offensive effort, putting 17 shots on the Revelstoke net in the third frame. The Grizzlies defence held fast, leaving the score 3-1 at the end of the game.


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