The challenging start to the KIJHL season including two recent losses to the division leading Revelstoke Grizzlies, continued for the Sicamous Eagles last weekend losing 4-1 to the Princeton Posse on Saturday Nov. 9.
After the opening faceoff in front of 150 fans at the Princeton & District Arena, the teams settled into a scoreless stalemate until the Eagles took control on the power play. Jaxon Danilec got the puck from Julian Fodor and Brayden Haskell and found the back of the net with it just after the 10 minute mark. The Posse went on to tie it up with 6:47 to go in the period and then pull ahead with a second goal 2:39 before the first intermission.
Goaltenders at both ends of the ice kept the nets safe for most of the second period. Just a few seconds before a holding penalty to Fodor was set to expire, Tyler Stinchcombe got a pass from former Eagle Josh Olson and scored to stretch their lead to 3-1 with only a few minutes remaining in the second. The Eagles successfully killed off another penalty, but the score remained the same as the second frame ended.
Both teams had scoring chances in the third but as the clock ticked down the score did not change. With three goals to make up and a dwindling game clock, the Eagles pulled Cole Steinke from the net at the two minute mark but an empty net goal crushed hopes of a storybook comeback.
Saturday nights defeat marks the Eagles fourth straight loss, as the club has slipped below the 100 Mile House Wranglers into fourth place in divisional standings.
The Eagles will have a chance to make up some ground with a road game against the Wranglers on Thursday. The following night they will be back on home ice to face the Chase Heat.