Revelstoke Grizzlies drop three close ones on road

Revelstoke Grizzlies lose three straight on road; Kenny Batke named team captain.

Kenny Batke was voted captain of the Revelstoke Grizzlies by his teammates last week.

By Cassandra Federico, Special to the Times Review

The Revelstoke Grizzlies were on the road for three games in a row last week.

They travelled to Chase on Tuesday, Dec. 4, to face off against their division rivals. Revelstoke fell short losing 3-1 to the Heat.

The Grizzlies opened the scoring with a goal from Ethan Waitzner at 16:26 in the first period. Chase took the lead in the second period, scoring two goals. The Heat added a third goal to the board early in the third period. The Grizzlies couldn’t close the gap, leaving the score 3-1 final.

The following night, the Grizzlies were in Kelowna, where they took on the Chiefs. After leading the Chiefs 2-0 for the first half of the game, the Grizzlies couldn’t hang on, and lost 3-2. Derek Miskiman put his team on the board at 6:35 in the first period on a power play, with help from Brady Mende, and Zach Paxman. Miskiman would then score an unassisted goal to give his team a two nothing lead going into the second.

The Chiefs scored twice in the second period to even the score. The third period was hard fought by both teams, but the Chiefs came out on top, scoring a third goal with less than a minute left to go.

Sunday the Grizzlies travelled to 100 Mile House for another division matchup. After back-to back losses, the Grizzlies were looking for a win. They came close, but the Wranglers were victorious, winning 5-4 in double overtime.

Nii Noi Tetteh scored the Grizzlies’ first goal early in the first. Kenny Batke added a second shortly after. Carter Huber gave his team a three goal lead going into the second with an unassisted goal.

The Wranglers were quick to even the score in the second period, with three consecutive goals less than three minutes apart. 100 Mile house snagged the lead in the third at 6:03. Tyler Chavez Leech tied the game, sending it into overtime but Michael Lynch won it for the Wranglers at 3:28 in the second period of overtime.

The Grizzlies will be taking on the Kamloops Storm at home on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. They will face off against the Storm again on Saturday, this time on the road.

Kenny Batke voted team captain

The Revelstoke Grizzlies have officially named their team captains. Congratulations to Kenny Batke, who was voted by his teammates to be captain. Riley Creighton, Zach Paxman, Kyle Baron, and Carter Huber who were voted assistants.

Batke was honoured to be named captain by his teammates. “It is an honour to know that the guys are behind me” he said.

Batke is one of the few returning players from the previous season. He is happy to see how far the team has come since their difficult run last year. He mentioned how things have improved in many areas including the team’s structure, commitment, and coaching.

“There is much more structure this year in general,” Batke said. “Overall the dedication is higher from everyone.”

One of the main reasons he chose to return to Revelstoke was he found out Ryan Parent was coaching. He had heard great things about Parent from other players that have been coached by him.

“I know other players that have had him as a coach, so I came into this season with an open mind,” he said.

He went on to state his hopes for the rest of the season.

“I’m hoping to see our team continue to improve, and at the end of the day earn a spot in the playoffs, then take it one day at a time from there” he said.

Batke is well liked by everyone involved with the grizzlies. He is a responsible and nice guy. He is enjoying playing hockey now, and has plans to attend university to become an optometrist once his junior career is over.

 

 

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