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Kamloops Storm Week in Review
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Kamloops Storm Week in Review

January 21 - 27 2019

The Kamloops Storm hockey club has entered the final stretch of the 2018/2019 season. At this time of the year every point counts and can make the difference in making the playoffs or in who you play in the playoffs. The stakes are higher for everyone involved and you can feel the difference in the intensity on and off the ice. For the Kamloops Storm this weekend it was an important three games in three nights. We were sitting in 3rd place to open the weekend. 1 Point up on 4th place Sicamous Eagles and 6 points up on 5th place Chase Heat. The weekend provided us a chance to create a little distance in the standings and give ourselves a little control over our own destiny.

Game 1 of the weekend was against the Doug Birks Division leading Revelstoke Grizzlies on Australia Appreciation night. We knew heading into Revelstoke that it would be a tough game. The coaches emphasized the importance in playing within our personal assets, sticking to the game plan, and staying disciplined. Overall, we played well. We came prepared to play and tried to stick to the game plan but fell short. Our lapses in assignment and penalties provided the Grizzlies the opportunities they were looking for and they capitalized. Though we scored first the Grizzlies built and carried the momentum through the game. For us to beat the Grizzlies we have to play as identified above by the coaches for a full 60 minutes. On this night the boys played 45 minutes and it cost them against a very good, solid, hard working, and disciplined hockey club. Final Score: Grizzlies 5 - Storm 2.

Game 2 of the weekend was versus the Okanagan Division basement dwellers the North Okanagan Knights. The Knights recently landed in the basement and surely weren’t happy. The coaches reminded the players on this night how important this weekend was and how important these points were in the standings. They emphasized that we would be playing a hungry team fighting for their playoff lives. We had to come out and work hard and implement our game plan. We couldn’t come out slow. The first 10 minutes was all North Okanagan Knights. The Knights were hungry and had their feet moving. They created turnovers in our defensive zone and broke out of their zone untouched as the Storm boys were slow footed or standing. The Knights were rewarded for a good period with a 1-0 lead after the 1st period. The talk between the periods obviously woke the boys up because the they came out and put up 22 shots and scored 2 goals to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The 3rd period was back and forth between the two teams. At the 15:50 mark we scored to take a 3-1 lead and 1:14 later the Knights scored to bring it back to within 1 goal. The Knights just wouldn’t go away. As the game wound down it became all Knights knocking on the door but Ethan Paulin-Hatch as he has done all season kept that door closed tight. Final Score: Storm 3 - Knights 2

Game 3 of the weekend was versus the Sicamous Eagles of our Doug Birks Division. They were the 4th place team chasing us. 3 points back. Our goal was to stretch this to 5 points. The coach’s approach to this game was keep things simple. This is the third game in three nights and the players have been pounded with information and expectations. The boys know the task at hand and what needs to be done to be successful. The coach’s number 1 message was to be ready for a fast-paced game. The Sicamous Eagles try to push the pace of the game in the Sicamous arena. The arena is built for a fast pace game. It’s a small rink, with hard ice, small corners, and lively boards. You can score at any time from anywhere. The game was just that. Fast paced back and forth hockey. Breakaways, odd man rushes, big hits, blocked shots, and great saves. 1-0 us after 1 period, 2-1 us after 2 periods. Sicamous wasn’t going to give up the 2 points. 2-2 after 3 periods, 2-2 after the 1st overtime. Finally, it was over. It took 3 on 3 hockey in the 2nd overtime to solves things. Final Score: Storm 3 - Eagles 2

We as a hockey club are happy with the past weekend, we earned 4 out of a possible 6 points and have met our weekend goal of creating some distance between ourselves and the Chase Heat and the Sicamous Eagles. One big step forward with many more to come.


Matt Kolle   

General Manager

Kamloops Storm Hockey Club

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