Storm Weekend Wrap

The Kamloops Storm got a great taste of what it will take to be among the upper echelon of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this season.
The Storm won and lost against two of the top teams in the KIJHL this weekend.
On Saturday (Nov 18) on home ice, the Storm beat the leaders of the Eddie Mountain Division: the Columbia Valley Rockies 2-1 in overtime.
Sunday afternoon (Nov 19), Kamloops lost to the Birks Division leaders: the Sicamous Eagles 2-1. That game was played at the Sicamous and District Recreation Center.
Jake Phillips-Watts (Quesnel, BC) led the way for Kamloops offensively. He had a goal in both games. Phillips-Watts has six goals in his last five games.
His older brother Colton was the Storm goalie in both games. Saturday, he was involved in a goalie battle with Nate Glenn (Cary, NC) of Columbia Valley. Phillips-Watts made 37 saves in that contest compared to 35 for Glenn.
Sunday saw Phillips-Watts stop 30 shots. In both games he was named the Storm ‘player of the game’.
The overtime winner on Saturday was scored by Sam Lewis (Kamloops, BC).
Kamloops has a record of 14-4 for 28 points. That is seven points back of Sicamous, who has a record of 17-2-1.
The Storm are back home Tuesday (Nov 21) when they entertain the Revelstoke Grizzlies on the Olympic Ice Surface at McArthur Island. It is a 7:30 PM start time. The two teams met earlier this month (Nov 5) in Kamloops, with the Grizzlies winning 6-0. Revelstoke sits third in the Doug Birks division with 24 points. They have three games in hand on Kamloops, having played 16 games to the Storm’s 19.