Brenden Vulcano celebrates the Grizzlies’ win against the Kamloops Storm Feb. 29 in game two of the KIJHL playoffs. They went on to win games three and four in Kamloops March 2 and 3. (Matt Timmins photography)

Grizzlies headed to round two of the playoffs

They will be playing in the division finals

The Revelstoke Grizzlies are moving on to the the Doug Birk division finals after winning the first round of the playoffs against the Kamloops Storm.

The Grizzlies won the first two games at home, 6-0 and 5-2, over the weekend and continued their winning streak on the road, winning 3-1 on March 2 and 2-1 on March 3.

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On March 2, the Storm scored first, on a powerplay, with less than four minutes left on the clock. Two minutes later Revelstoke answered with a goal by Raymond Speerbrecker, assisted by Carter Anderson.

There were no goals scored in the second period.

In the third, Rider McCallum netted goal number two for the Grizzlies, on a powerplay, with an assist by Brandon Kasdorf. Four minutes later, with just over three left in the game, Sam Petruch scored a short-handed goal for the Grizzlies, assisted by Dalton Irvine.

There were 18 penalties between the two teams and goalie Noah Desouza saved 14 shots. The Kamloops goalie Ethan Paulin-Hatch saved 28 shots.

Game 4 of the series saw zero goals in the first period and only two penalties total.

The Grizzlies’ Anderson put the first puck in the net of the night, unassisted, with 17:08 left on the clock.

In the second there were six penalties awarded.

In the third period, the Storm answered back, but almost 40 seconds later, the Grizzlies took the lead back, with a goal by Nathan Cohen-Wallis, assisted by Irvine.

There were seven penalties awarded in the third period.

Desouza saved 17 shots, and Paulin-Hatch saved 42.

The Grizzlies will play for the division title against either the 100 Mile House Wranglers or the Chase Heat. At the moment the Wranglers are ahead 3-1 in the series with game five March 5.

On the other side of the playoff bracket, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks will play the Nelson Leafs in the Murdoch division final, and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats or the Kimberley Dynamiters will play the Columbia Valley Rockies, in the Mountain division final.



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