Revelstoke Grizzlies win two of three as playoffs near

Revelstoke Grizzlies beat Sicamous Eagles 5-2, Kamloops Storm 4-1, lose to Chase Heat 5-3.

David Lenzin gets a chance in close just before Jordan Rae scores the Grizzlies first goal against the Chase Heat on Saturday.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies suffered a disappointing end to an otherwise positive week on Saturday.

The Grizzlies picked up wins over the Sicamous Eagles and Kamloops Storm before falling in the final minutes to Chase on Saturday night.

Revelstoke hosted the last-place Eagles on Tuesday, Feb 7. Tommy Bodtker put the home team on the board first, scoring at 13:19 of the first period with help from Matthew Monk and Andrew Brown.

Alex Astasiewicz tied the game for Sicamous at 14:16 of the second, but the Grizzlies responded with goals from Daniel Fisher and Jon Vandermolen only 32 second apart not long after to go up 3-1.

A goal from Kale Holodniuk with 20 seconds left in the second gave the Eagles life.

The Grizzlies wouldn’t let them fly any closer, getting power play goals from Bodtker and Monk in the third period to skate away with a 5-2 win.

The Grizzlies killed off seven penalties during the game and Giovanni Sambrielaz stopped 43 shots for the win.

On Friday, the Kamloops Storm blew into town. Garrett Ewert put the road team up 1-0 with a power play goal 92 seconds into the game, but Jordan Rae tied the game for Revelstoke to make it 1-1 after one.

The teams looked to be going into the second intermission tied when David Lenzin scored on the power play with only one second left in the period to make it 2-1 Grizzlies.

Ulllar Wiatzka made it 3-1 with a goal 1:24 into the third and Bodtker completed the scoring with an empty net goal.

Sambrielaz stopped 27 shots for his second win of the week.

On Saturday, the Grizzlies hosted the division-leading Chase Heat in a preview of their upcoming first round matchup. Travis Beaubien got the only goal of the first period to put Chase up 1-0 after one. Revelstoke tied the game when Rae scored on a diving shot with 4:38 left in the second.

That set the stage for a wild third period. The Heat scored on the power play only 14 seconds into third period and Kolten Moore made it 3-1 with a goal near the mid-way point.

Revelstoke looked down but they managed to dig deep, getting goals from Vandermolen and Bodtker to tie the game with four minutes left.

Unfortunately, Chase scored twice in the final two minutes to go home with a 5-3 win. The game ended with a minor brawl and the coaches exchanging words as they left the ice.

Revelstoke finishes the regular season this weekend. On Friday they host the 100 Mile House Wranglers and on Saturday they play the Eagles in Sicamous.

The games mean little in terms of the standings. Revelstoke will finish in fourth place in the Doug Birks Division and will play the Chase Heat in round one. The series is set to begin on Friday, Feb. 24, in Chase.

Revelstoke is 1-6-1 against Chase this year, with their only win coming back in September.

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