The Revelstoke Grizzlies poor start to the season continued on the weekend, with only one point to show for in two games.
Revelstoke tied the Kelowna Chiefs 1-1 mon Friday before losing 3-2 to the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday.
On Friday, the Grizzlies travelled to Kelowna to take on the Chiefs at the Rutland Arena.
Josh Baird scored for Kelowna late in the first, while Wyatt Gottschalk got Revelstoke’s lone goal in the second period as the team’s skated to a 1-1 draw.
Aidan Doak was voted Revelstoke’s number one star, making 44 saves in the game. The Grizlies were outshot 45-24 in the game.
On Saturday, Revelstoke returned home to face the Columbia Valley Rockies in a chippy, penalty-filled game that nearly spiralled out of control before it was all over.
The teams traded goals in the first, with Ryan Hozjan scoring for the Grizzlies and Damon Raven for the Rockies.
Donovan Quintin put the Rockies up 2-1 four minutes into the second, but Aaron Aragon tied it for Revelstoke after pouncing on a rebound on the power play only two minutes later.
The teams traded chances the rest of the way in a game that was marked by the sheer number of penalties, particularly in an rough final period that was most notable for a couple of ugly hits from behind and a near-brawl with just under 10 minutes to go. Two players from each team – Kyle Berry and Aaron Aragon for Revelstoke, and Ty Duncan and Ryan St. Jean from Columbia Valley – were ejected from the game.
The team’s combined for 68 penalty minutes, not including misconducts.
In the end, it was Kellen Marchand’s goal for Columbia Valley during a rare even strength stretch with 11 minutes left in the third that proved to be the game winner. Marchand was able to swat in a shot from the slot past Doak for the goal. Revelstoke had a late 5-on-3 powerplay but was unable to generate any major scoring chances, leading to the 3-2 loss.
The Grizzlies record sits at 3-6-1-1, good enough for only eight points and fourth place in the Doug Birks Division. The Kamloops Storm lead the division with 25 points, while Chase has 18 and 100 Mile House has 17.
The Grizzlies have a light schedule this week, with one game in Sicamous against the last-place Eagles this Saturday.
Revelstoke will be without Berry and Aragon, who are tied for the team-lead in scoring, due to their game misconducts on Saturday.
The Grizzlies next home game is on Friday, Oct. 30, when they host the Eagles.