Grizzlies outgun Storm in shootout at the Forum

It was a wild one at the Revelstoke Forum on Friday, Feb. 6. The red light went on 16 times before it was done.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate after defeating the Kamloops Storm 9-7 on Feb. 6. Photo: Kyle Simkins/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Revelstoke Grizzlies won their fifth straight game in a shootout 9-7 win at the Forum versus the Kamloops Storm on Friday night. The victory more than keeps their post-season hopes alive.

Entering the game two points out of a playoff spot, the Grizzlies played a physical game against the best team in their division.

The first period looked as if it was going to be scoreless until just over half through Revelstoke’s Levi Morin got one past Kamloops net minder Bailey De Palma to open the scoring. After that the flood gates opened.

Seven different Grizzlies got on the score sheet including Tyler Chavez Leech who tallied two unassisted goals including the game winner. With neither team having more than a two-goal lead in the game with 16 total goals, there was never a dull moment.

With the win the Grizzlies move into the last available playoff spot tied with 100 Mile at 49 points apiece. 

Both 100 Mile and Revy play home games on Saturday night. The Grizzlies take on the North Okanagan Knights who sit dead last in the KIJHL with only six wins on the year.

100 Mile hosts Chase who sits in second place in the Doug Birks division.

Unlike the Grizzlies, 100 Mile has a game on Sunday afternoon against the same North Okanagan Knights, before heading back home to host the Grizzlies on Monday night.

There is still one more piece to the Doug Birks Division puzzle. The Sicamous Eagles sit at 52 points with only two games remaining where as Revy has four to go and 100 Mile five.

As confusing as all that sounds, it pretty much comes down to the same thing for all three teams; win and you’re in.

Kyle Simkins hails from Windsor, Ontario, where he attained his Journalism Certificate from St. Clair College. Kyle is developing a career in broadcast sports journalism, and has worked as a live host, field reporter, play-by-play broadcaster and camera operator. Kyle covers the Revelstoke Grizzlies for the Revelstoke Mountaineer.