The Revlestoke Grizzlies followed a familiar script last weekend, winning once and losing once.
The Grizzlies travelled to Kelowna on Friday to take on the Chiefs at the Rutland Arena. Amazingly, Revelstoke gave up three shorthanded goals but still skated away with a 4-3 win.
Jordan Rae, the Grizzlies second leading scorer, put his team on the board 6:14 into the game to give Revelstoke a 1-0 lead after one.
Tyler Love tied the game for the Chiefs only 97 seconds into the second with his team down a man. Tyler Chavez Leech put his team back in front five minutes later with help from Raphael Bassot and Jon Vandermolen.
Aidan Bar-Lev-Wise scored the Chiefs second shorthanded goal of the game with eight minutes left in the second period, but Chavez Leech potted his second of the night 2:25 later to give Revelstoke a 3-2 lead after two.
The Grizzlies were finally able to take advantage of a power play when Bassot scored 5:38 into the third, with assists from Ullar Wiatzka and Jacob Bourchier.
Joel Scrimbit scored the Chief’s third shorthanded marker only 23 seconds later to make it 4-3 but Revelstoke was able to hold on and leave the Okanagan with a win.
“It was an interesting game. We were minus two on the power play but we still won that game,” said Grizzlies coach Ryan Parent. “We buried our chances, we played really solid 5-on-5, we played disciplined and we came away with a win.
“It was the opposite of what I saw Saturday.”
On Saturday, the Revelstoke Grizzlies played host to the Osoyoos Coyotes, who lead the KIJHL after last weekend’s action.
The teams traded goals in the first period, with Ryan Roseboom opening the scoring for Osoyoos on the power play and Revelstoke’s Andrew Brown tying the game with only four seconds left in the frame.
Roseboom scored his second goal of the night six minutes into the second period, and Colton Rhodes made it 3-1 Osoyoos just over two minutes later.
Osoyoos had the edge in play for the first half of the second, but Revelstoke killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 deficit and started to get an edge late in the period. Their work paid off when Vandermolen deflected a Bourchier point shot into the net to make it 3-2.
What momentum Revelstoke had dissipated 36 seconds into the third period when Roseboom scored on the power play to complete his hat trick. He added his fourth goal of the game, also on the power play, a few minutes later.
The final 10 minutes of the game was marred by penalties. At one point, Revelstoke had seven players in the box to Osoyoos’ four.
Connor Onstein scored two power plays goals in the final 20 seconds to make the final score 7-2 Coyotes.
“They came in and played a man’s game and we played Midget hockey,” said Parent. “Most of that game we were within a goal or two. The game was within reach, we just need to capitalize on the chances we had.”
The Grizzlies face the Kamloops Storm on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 14, before the team takes off for the Christmas break.
“We owe them one in my mind. We’ve been close with them and they’re the team ahead of us in the standing,” said Parent. “We’re going to tweak our lineup for Wednesday and I think we’re going to come away with a win.”