Grizzlies can clinch Okanagan/Shuswap Conference series on Tuesday

The Grizzlies defeated the Chiefs in Rutland on Monday night, puling ahead 3-2 in the series. A Grizzlies win on Tuesday night will put them through to the KIJHL finals.

Josh Irvine in front of the crease in the Grizzlies 5-1 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs on Mar. 25. Photo: Kelowna Chiefs/Steve Dunsmoor

So far, the KIJHL Okanagan/Shuswap Conference final series between the Revelstoke Grizzlies and Kelowna Chiefs has disappointed home fans.

Five game into the series, neither team has won in their own barn. After losing both games on Friday and Saturday nights at the Forum, the Grizzlies headed to the Rutland Arena on Monday night for game five of the series, which was tied at two apiece.

After two straight losses, the Grizzlies needed to rally, and they did.

Jon Vandermolen put the Grizzlies on the board just under two minutes in. Brenden Vulcano made it 2-0 with under a minute left in the first frame.

The second period passed with no scoring.

The Grizzlies pulled ahead 3-0 early in the third with a goal from Kaeden Patrick. Ethan Schaeffer made it 4-0 Revelstoke on a powerplay goal at 12:46.

Lane Paddison scored the Chiefs’ only goal at 11:05.

With 23 seconds left, Raymond Speerbrecker potted the final goal on an empty net for a 5-1 Revelstoke victory.

Once again, the shots on goal were fairly even, with Revelstoke getting the edge 36-32.

The series is now 3-2 Revelstoke, so the Grizzlies can end it Tuesday night at the Revelstoke Forum. If necessary, game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night at the Rutland Arena in Kelowna.

There was a full house at the Forum on Saturday night, so expect another big crowd for the Tuesday game.

Kimberley Dynamiters clinch Kootenay Conference, through to KIJHL final

File photo: The Kimberley Dynamiters hoist the KIJHL championship trophy at the Revelstoke Forum on April 6, 2018. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The winner of the Kelowna/Revelstoke series will face the Kootenay Conference champions Kimberley Dynamiters.

After Kimberley took the first three games, the Nitehawks rallied for a win in game four, making it a 3-1 series.

On Monday, Mar. 25, the Dynamiters finished the series with a 3-2 overtime win.

In the 2018 playoffs, the Revelstoke Grizzlies lost to the Kimberley Dynamiters in the KIJHL finals in six games.

This season, the Dynamiters finished second overall in the regular-season points race behind the Kelowna Chiefs. The Grizzlies were third.

This season, the KIJHL format changed to allow each team to play one game against each team in the opposite conference. Both the Chiefs and the Grizzlies defeated the Dynamiters in regular season match-ups, but both games were close.