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Grizzlies get walloped by league-leading Coyotes

Rylan Ferster didn’t have too much to say after the Revelstoke Grizzlies got blown-out 10-1 against the league-leading Osoyoos Coyotes on Sunday.
Brad Friedrich and Adam Dibella look on as Thierry Martine celebrates after scoring Osoyoos’ seventh goal of the first period on Sunday.

10-1 loss marks disappointing end to 2-1 week for Revelstoke

Rylan Ferster didn’t have too much to say after the Revelstoke Grizzlies got blown-out 10-1 against the league-leading Osoyoos Coyotes on Sunday.

“They scored 10, we scored one,” the team’s head coach said after the game when asked what happened.

Usually the Grizzlies are on the winning side of lopsided games like Sunday’s and the mood in the dressing was quite sombre afterwards.

“Sucky” was how captain Brad Friedrich described the feeling. “You can’t even be mad, just embarrassed.”

The game started off poorly for the Grizzlies, with Thierry Martine scoring for the Coyotes only 29 seconds in. Then, at around seven minutes in, Osoyoos got goals from Taylor House and Curtis Kort only 38 seconds apart.

And that was just the start. The Coyotes scored four more goals before the period was over to head into intermission with a 7-0 lead.

Grizzlies assistant captain Brooks Christensen attributed the miserable start to numerous breakdowns.

“We weren’t picking up the guys in the slot, we were complacent and they pounced on the chances they got,” he said following the game.

The second period started off better for Revelstoke, with the team generating consistent pressure behind a strong forecheck that culminated when Friedrich scored with help from linemates Christensen and Bruce Silvera. They kept up the pressure for a bit but couldn’t solve Osoyoos goalie Kyle Laslo again. Instead, it was the Coyotes who scored one more goal in the second and two in the third to cap off a 10-1 shellacking.

“I think you have to give the other team credit,” said Ferster. “That team’s only lost two games all year.”

Sunday’s game put a sour mark on an otherwise successful week that saw Revelstoke come from behind twice to beat division rivals’ Sicamous 3-2 last Wednesday and Kamloops 6-4 on Saturday night.

On Wednesday the Grizzlies headed to Sicamous where they came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Eagles 3-2 thanks to two third period goals by Christensen. Revelstoke put 58 shots on net in the win.

Saturday night saw the Grizzlies come back twice from two goal deficits against the Storm. It was a 4-2 Kamloops when a power play goal by Reid Blinkhorn with 5:34 left in the second period sparked Revelstoke. Garrett Holt, Bruce Silvera and Devon Hascarl score in a span of 2:24 to put the Grizzlies ahead and in the victory seat.

“We gave up three quick goals but I thought we rebounded well, played well and showed a lot of resiliency and character to come back in a game like that,” said Ferster.

But the loss to the first overall Osoyoos Coyotes put a damper on the week.

“The guys are mad but you just have to get past it and worry about tomorrow,” said Christensen.

For Ferster, just be glad “that it’s over.”