The Sicamous Eagles have begun their season in the red following losses at home and away.
Saturday night’s season opener was wound up being a come-from-behind victory for guests and rivals the Revelstoke Grizzlies, who took the game with a 4-3 win.
Scoring commenced with an early first-frame marker by Eagle Eric Austin, assisted by Scott Robinson. The Grizzlies potted two goals in the frame’s second half, giving them a 2-1 lead moving into second period.
Returning Eagle Stephen Hawco found the back of the net early in the second period, assisted by Justin Wilde and Darian Blight (on AP duty). Sicamous went on to dominate the frame, with Eric Austin adding a fourth goal for the team off Ben Campbell and Braydon McCarthy.
Eagles rookie netminder Liam Banks was especially busy in the third period as Revelstoke attempted a comeback. Despite a determined effort by Banks, Bruin Steven Fiust was able to convert a power play late in the frame to tie things up, with the kill coming on an unassisted shot by teammate Carter Huber.
On Sunday, the Eagles were in Kamloops where they were shut out with an 8-0 tally for the Kamloops Storm. Eagles general manager Wayne March joked he’s not sure if his boys even got off the bus. But in seriousness, he said the Storm only managed two real good goals, the rest were the result of rebounds given up around the net and scrambles in the net. And while the Storm may have been a bit intimidating, March expects that will change in no time.
“With them being a bigger, older team, they kind of push our young guys around,” said March. “In saying that, I would say a few weeks down the road, it will be a lot different. They won’t be pushed around.”
Players to watch for this season include forwards Devyn Myck, formerly of the Edmonton Thunder Cats, St. Albert native Ben Campbell and Nathan Plessis, who March likens to a young Shea Weber (who plays forward as opposed to defence).