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Revelstoke Grizzlies defeat Sicamous Eagles

Two scrums broke out and resulted in 9 penalties

Contributed by Andy G Siegel

The largest sold out crowd of 950 fans since New Years Eve packed the Revelstoke Forum on Friday night (Feb. 16) to cheer on the Grizzlies as they took on their rivals, the Sicamous Eagles. The Grizzlies defeated the Eagles, 2-1.

Alexander Bronswyk started off the scoring for the Grizzlies late in the first period at 17:49. Receiving a pass from Nathan White, he rushed up the left side of the ice into the zone making a nifty toe drag fake before sniping the puck into the upper left corner of the cage for the first goal.

The second period was a highly contested back and forth battle with both teams skating hard without any goals being scored.

After two periods, Revelstoke was dominating on the shot clock 41-17, but still had only one score to show for all their effort.

Six minutes into the third period the Grizzlies almost doubled their lead with a terrific combo play in front of the net, but the Eagles goaltender made an outstanding save to keep it a 1-0 score.

Midway through the final frame, Sicamous got the opportunity they were waiting for on an interference penalty to Revelstoke’s Colton McLeod.

The Eagles appeared to tie the game on a high tip in the crease area, but after a conference by the referees and linesmen, they determined it was a high stick, nullifying the score.

Shortly after the Grizzlies were called for another penalty. Within a few seconds into the power play at 12:06, the puck scooted in front of the crease to the left side where the Eagles’ Alex Smith easily shot it into the side of the cage, evening the score to 1-1.

With under two minutes left in the third period, Austin Wooley fed Daniel Wittenberg the game winning shot, finding the back of the net with a shot on the ice to the lower corner. He celebrated the goal on the glass in front of the beer garden with his line mates surrounding him, screaming in unison with the fans.

To the delight of the home crowd looking for one more reason to cheer, with under a minute left in the game at 19:16, two scrums broke out on opposite ends of the ice resulting in nine penalties, including six 10 minute misconducts.

The Grizzlies travel to Sicamous tonight (Feb. 17) to face off against the Eagles again at 7 p.m. for the last game of the regular season.

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