Revelstoke Grizzlies come close, but wind up winless at home

The Revelstoke Grizzlies went winless at home in three games against division rivals last week

The Revelstoke Grizzlies' Steven Fiust is stopped on a breakway against 100 Mile House on Friday.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies went winless at home in three games against division rivals last week, diminishing hopes of climbing out of fourth place in the Doug Birks Division.

The week started last Tuesday, Jan. 19, with the Chase Heat in town. The Heat capitalized on the Grizzlies lack of discipline, scoring four times on six power play opportunities to skate away with a 4-0 win.

On Friday, the 100 Mile House Wranglers were in town for the first of two games against the Grizzlies at the Forum. The visitors jumped ahead early, with goals 91 seconds apart near the midway point of the first.

Ullar Wiatzka got Revelstoke back within one three minutes into the second period, only for 100 Mile to restore their two goal lead two minutes later. Revelstoke was given new life when Peter Grimm scored his first KIJHL goal with just under five minutes left in the frame.

The Grizzlies pressed hard for the tie in the third until Wiatza scored on the power play with 6:16 left to go. The game appeared to be headed to overtime when Nicholas Higgs took a tripping penalty to stop a breakaway with 1:36 to go in the game. Michael Lynch scored for the Wranglers only 17 seconds into the powerplay to give 100 Mile a 4-3 lead that they would hold until the final buzzer.

On Saturday, the team’s were back at it at the Forum in one of the tightest games of the season. Both teams battled through 60 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime, but no one could find the back of the net. The game ended as a 0-0 draw.

The Grizzlies continue their homestand with games against the Summerland Steam and Kamloops Storm this Friday and Saturday respectively.

Despite the losses, the Grizzlies only need one point the rest of the season to clinch a playoff spot.


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