The Sicamous Eagles made the most of a pair of games in front of the home crowd over the weekend.
The opening period of the Sep. 27 game saw the Eagles trade numerous shots on goal with the visiting North Okanagan Knights, with neither side able to slip one by the opposing goaltender.
The Eagles broke the deadlock early in the second with a goal from Brandon Pelletier (assisted by Evan Vasarhely & Cole Nisse). The home team added another goal to the tally immediately after the first, this one coming off the stick of Jaxon Danilec (assisted by Nisse & Brayden Haskell). The Sicamous squad went to work on the power play midway through the period as Cade Enns of the Knights served a tripping penalty. Julian Fodor fired the puck past Sean Kanervisto in the visitors net on a play set up by Danilec and Nisse. The Knights got on the board on a power play of their own shortly after the Eagles third goal. Enns managed a shorthanded, unassisted goal to leave the score 3-2 Eagles into the third period.
The home team didn’t wait long after the opening faceoff of the third period to extend their lead. Jaimes Guidon, a rookie out of Oyama, scored his third of the season (assisted by Tristan Walz & Trysten Brookman) to stretch the Eagles lead to 4-2. An unassisted goal from Brayden Haskell put the finishing touch on a convincing 5-2 win for the Eagles.
The following night, the Sicamous and District Rec Centre hosted more KIJHL action as the Golden Rockets came to town. The teams had already met in pre-season exhibition play; the Eagles brought home the win on that occasion.
The home team looked to repeat their pre-season result when it counted in the league standings. Trevor Ebeling scored nine minutes into the game (assisted by Cole Nisse & Owen Spannier) — it would be the only goal of the first period.
Danilec sniped home his second of the weekend early in the middle period (assisted by Haskell and Vasarhely). The Rockets replied with a goal from Dominic Turner a few minutes later. Jakob McLean scored for the Eagles (assisted by Ebeling) with just over seven minutes remaining in the period. Evan Angus scored for the Rockets eight seconds later, leaving the score 3-2 Eagles.
The third frame passed scoreless, wrapping up a win for the Eagles. Koltin Dodge stood up to 42 shots from the Rockets over the course of the game which saw the visitors unable to capitalize on any of their 11 power play opportunities. Dodge was named the games first star for his efforts between the pipes.
Following the weekends victories, the Eagles are sitting atop the Doug Birks Division of the KIJHL’s Okanagan/Shuswap Conference. Their record sits at four wins and three losses for eight points, two points ahead of their nearest division rivals the 100 Mile House Wranglers.
The Eagles will get another crack at the Knights in their next game scheduled for a 7:30 pm start on Oct. 4 at the Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong.