The Revelstoke Grizzlies are the KIJHL Champions. Captain Tommy Bodtker accepts the trophy and banner on behalf of his team. (J. Righton photo)

Grizzlies league champs, headed to provincial tournament

Revelstoke beat Kimberley 4-1 last night to win the KIJHL Championship

The Revelstoke Grizzlies are the KIJHL champions.

After meeting the Kimberly Dynamiters in the playoff final last year and losing, the Grizzlies came back even bigger and better this year.

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In Game 1 in Kimberley the Grizzlies won 2-1 with goals by Cody Flann and Ryan Bedard. Goalie Liam McGarva stopped 24 shots.

Revelstoke lost Game 2, 4-1, with the single goal by Raymond Speerbrecker. McGarva stopped 12 shots before Noah Desouza took over, stopping another 10 shots

Back at home ice for Game 3, the Grizzlies won 5-0 with goals by Brendan Vulcan, Speerbrecker, Matt Cadden, Ryan Pereverzoff and Nathan Bailer. McGarva stopped 38 shots.

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Game 4 had the same results, this time with goals by Ethan Schaeffer, Pereverzoff, Ullar Wiatzka, and two by Nathan Bailer. McGarva stopped 29 shots.

Thursday night’s game in Kimberley saw the Grizzlies win 4-1 with the first two Grizzly goals scored by Carter Anderson, another by Kaeden Patrick and an empty net goal by Ethan Schaeffer in the last seventeen seconds.

This is the Grizzlies first championship win since the 2009/2010 season, where they also won the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The team will travel to Campbell River next week to meet the league champions from across B.C.

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They are scheduled to play Victoria Cougars, the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champions on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

During round robin play they will also meet the North Vancouver Wolf Pack, Pacific Junior Hockey League champs and the Campbell River Storm, the host team.

The Cougars finished second in the league in the regular season with 99 points, behind the Campbell River Storm. They went on to play the Nanaimo Buccaneers for the league championship.

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The North Vancouver Wolf Pack tied for first in the league with the Delta Ice Hawks in the regular season and beat the Langley Trappers in four games for the championship title.


 

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The Revelstoke Grizzlies win the KIJHL Championship. Next week they will play in the Cyclone Taylor Cup for the provincial Jr. B Hockey title. (J. Righton photo)

The Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate their 4-1 win against the Kimberley Dynamiters, securing their win of the KIJHL Championship. (J. Righton photo)

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