It’s crunch time for the Sicamous Eagles as they prepare to do battle with the Kamloops Storm in the playoffs.
The Eagles’ first game of the division semifinals takes place Friday, Feb. 20 in Kamloops. Game two takes place the following night, again in Kamloops. Then it’s back to Sicamous for games three and four on the 23rd and 24th.
Eagles manager Wayne March says the team is optimistic but realistic – they know the score and what needs to be done.
“They just have to come out and play the way they’re capable of playing – we’ve beat them before so they’re not unbeatable,” said March of the Storm. The Storm currently ranks number one in the Doug Birks Division with 68 points, while the Eagles are tied with the Revelstoke Grizzlies at 55 points.
Paving the pathway to the playoffs was a short-handed, unassisted marker by Justin Wilde scored in the third period of the Eagles’ Feb. 14 home game against guests the Princeton Posse. Wilde’s shot at 14:54 tied the game at 2-2, where the score stayed until first overtime when the Posse potted the winning goal.
The Eagles’ first goal of the evening was delivered late in the first frame by Devyn Myck, with Wilde on the assist. Wilde was also named the game’s first star.
On Friday, Feb. 13, the Eagles hosted the Spokane Braves, who wound up on the losing end of a 3-2 tally.
Scoring for Sicamous was Nathan Plessis, with a power-play conversion in the second frame, assisted by Darien Blight and Braden Lozinski. Plessis provided the assist for Blight in a third-period goal that was followed by a power-play conversion by Riley Jepson, assisted by Korwin Shewchuk and Bradyon McCarthy.