Storm Even Series with 4-1 Win. Full Wrap

Storm Score Four Unanswered Goals, Tie Up Series

SICAMOUS, BC—The Kamloops Storm have tied up their best of seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League first round series.

The Storm erased a 1-0 deficit and scored four straight times as they beat the host Sicamous Eagles 4-1 on Tuesday (Feb 27) night.

The KIJHL Doug Birks Division semi final is now deadlocked at two games a piece as the series shifts back to Kamloops for game five Friday (Mar 1) night.

Sicamous led 1-0 after the first period as Ashton Angle (Lethbridge, AB) scored his third goal of the post season. Angle has five points in the post season.

Kamloops then scored twice in the second period as Ryan Larsen (Kamloops, BC) and Thomas Clarke (Telkwa, BC) beat Sicamous goaltender Gabe Bergeron (Calgary, AB). Larsen has four points in the playoffs.

Team captain Evan Clark (Kamloops, BC) and Nathan Bohmer (Logan Lake, BC) added markers in the third period.  Bohmer’s goal came into an empty net with 35 seconds left.

That third period saw Eagles forward Hayden Evans (Revelstoke, BC) awarded a penalty shot with less than two minutes left. He was stopped by Storm goaltender Colton Phillips-Watts (Quesnel, BC).

Kamloops outshot Sicamous 28-22 in the hockey game including 10-5 in the final period.

The two teams will play Friday (Mar 1) at Mac Isle.  Game six is set for Saturday (Mar 2) in Sicamous. If a seventh and deciding game is needed, it would be played Monday (Mar 4) at Mac Isle.  All games have 7 PM PST start times. They are available on pay-per-view on FloHockeyTV.

GAME NOTES: The Storm had three defencemen out of their line up.  Sam Lewis and Devin Benson are injured.  Sam Zulyniak  (all Kamloops, BC)  is serving a two game suspension for checking from behind. He is eligible to return to the Storm line-up on Sunday.

The Storm dressed affiliate player Kieran Thibault (Kamloops, BC) and inserted rookie Kaden Lawlor (Quesnel, BC) into the line-up on the blue line.