The Revelstoke Grizzlies salvaged a disappointing week with a 10-0 thumping of the Sicamous Eagles in a fight-filled game on Saturday.
The Grizzlies lost 5-3 to the Kamloops Storm last Tuesday and 3-1 to the Princeton Posse on Friday before mauling the Eagles in Sicamous on Saturday.
Against Kamloops, a terrible six-minute span midway through the second period led to the Grizzlies loss. Reed Cashato put Revelstoke up 1-0 two minutes into the game and Wyatt Gottschalk made it 2-0 two minutes after that. Zackari Andrusiak scored with 2:54 left in the period to bring Kamloops within one.
It all fell apart for Revelstoke in the second, when the Storm capitalized on a series of unlucky bounces and sloppy defensive play to score three goals in a six minute span to go up 4-2.
Brady Mende got Revelstoke back within one with 11 seconds left in the second, but the Grizzlies were unable to get the puck past Storm netminder Aris Anagnostopoulos in the third. Kamloops added an empty net goal with eight seconds left to seal the victory.
On Friday, the Grizzlies homestand continued when the Princeton Posse visited the Forum. Mende set up Steven Fiust to give Revelstoke the only goal of the first. The Grizzlies were shut down after that as the Posse’s goaltender Adam Jones stood on his head, making 47 saves in the final two periods, while his teammates got three past Grizzlies goaltender Trevor Dilauro for a 3-1 final.
Where on Friday, the Grizzlies couldn’t buy a goal, on Saturday against Sicamous they couldn’t not score. Revelstoke fired home 10 goals against the Eagles for their biggest win of the season. Ryan Pereverzoff and Aaron Aragorn both scored twice, while Mende had a goal and three assists in the victory. Every single Grizzlies skater, with the exceptions of Jeff Bochon and Nicholas Higgs, recorded a point in the game.
Dilauro, who is the Grizzlies starting goalie following Aidan Doak’s call-up to Junior A, recorded the shutout.
The Grizzlies play three home games this week. On Tuesday, the Chase Heat are in town. Then the 100 Mile House Wranglers visit for a Friday-Saturday double-header.