Austin Donaldson

Last minute loss to Sicamous prevents perfect weekend for Grizzlies

Revelstoke beats Grand Forks 4-1, Chase 4-3 in overtime and loses to Sicamous 2-1 in KIJHL action last weekend.

A near-perfect weekend just eluded the Revelstoke Grizzlies after the team gave up two goals in the final two minutes to Sicamous on Sunday afternoon.

The Grizzlies played three games in three days over the weekend, defeating the Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-1. the Chase Heat 4-3 in overtime, before losing to the Sicamous Eagles 2-1 on Sunday.

On Friday. in front of another big crowd at the Revelstoke Forum, TJ Christensen scored a shorthanded goal at 11:03 of the first to give Revelstoke a 1-0 lead over Grand Forks. In the second period, Austin Donaldson scored on a goal-mouth scramble and Dallas Flockhart scored on a deflection to put Revelstoke up 3-0 – a score that was much more flattering to the Border Bruins than the play indicated.

The teams traded goals in the third period, with Donaldson notching his second of the night to clinch Revelstoke’s win.

On Saturday, Revelstoke travelled to Chase to face the Heat. The teams traded goals in the first, with Tyler Reay getting one for Revelstoke and Shelby Kostyshen scoring for Chase. In the second, Chase took a 2-1 lead at 10:21 of the frame but Brayden Beckley evened it up only 78 seconds later. It was a similar story in the third, with Nicholas Fidanza scoring for Chase at 17:23, only for Brodie Buhler to tie the game only 12 seconds later.

The rest of regulation was scoreless, sending the game to overtime, where Austin Donaldson played the hero role.

On Sunday, Revelstoke went to Sicamous to play the Eagles. Despite being outshot 55-27, Revelstoke managed to stay in the game all the way. The game was scoreless going into the third period, when Kent Hendrickson scored for Revelstoke, assisted by his brother Cody and Aiden-Silzer Hooker. The Grizzlies held the lead until there was 95 seconds left, when Corbin Marcotte tied the game for the Eagles. Then, 58 seconds later, Brad Crump got another puck past Revelstoke goalie Aaron Brandoli to give Sicamous the win.

The Grizzlies have another three game week coming up. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, they host the Chase Heat. On Friday they play the North Okanagan Knights in Armstrong and on Saturday they host the Nelson Leafs.

On Saturday the Grizzlies will be celebrating the franchise’s 20th season. A family of four (two adults and two children) can get into the game for $20.

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