Storm Dump Heat In First Of Three In A Row

KAMLOOPS,BC — The Kamloops Storm had three point nights from Loch Stefanishyn (Winnipeg, MB) and Evan Douglas (West Kelowna, BC) as they dumped the Chase Heat 5-1 in their lone Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game this weekend.
The teams played Saturday night (Dec 9) at the McArthur Island Sports Center. It was the first of three straight games between the two teams before the league takes its Christmas break.
This was the Storm’s “Teddy Bear” Toss night where 551 people were on hand to help contribute to Christmas Amalgamated and brought canned goods for the Kamloops Food Bank. A 50-50 draw was also held with proceeds going to the Food Bank.
Fans didn’t have long to wait to toss their stuffies, socks , toques and gloves. Jake Phillips-Watts (Quesnel, BC) finished off a brilliant three way passing play with Douglas and Stefanishyn 2:26 into the hockey game. Stefanishyn had two goals to pace the Storm. Thomas Clarke (Telkwa, BC) had the other goal for the home side.
Kamloops led 2-0 after the first and were up 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Andrew Morris (Beaumont, AB) had the lone Heat goal. It was his first of the year in his second game since being acquired by Chase earlier in the week from Revelstoke.
Colton Phillips-Watts (Quesnel, BC) stopped 28 shots in goal for the Storm. Meyer Gaume (Red Deer, AB) turned aside 30 pucks for Chase.
The Storm and Heat play against each other next Saturday (Dec 16) at the Art Holding Memorial Arena in Chase. The night previous, Chase hosts Columbia Valley. Puck drop for both those games is 7 PM.
Kamloops ends its pre-Christmas schedule the following Friday (Dec 22) hosting the Heat. Opening face-off for that matchup is 7 PM. It is part of the Storms second annual “alumni weekend “. All of the above games will be shown on a pay-per-view basis on FloHockeyTV.
ICECHIPS—This game marked the 100th career contest for Storm forward Kyle Sanford (Kamloops, BC). He was honored before the contest. This was also the debut for forward Braycen Dube (Cranbrook, BC) with Kamloops. He was acquired earlier in the week from Kimberley for future considerations.