Grizzlies shutout Chiefs to keep playoff chance alive

The Revelstoke Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-0 shutout of Kelowna on Tuesday. The Grizz will continue their battle with the elimination calculator for the rest of the season, starting with a home game on Friday versus the Summerland Steam.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies gather around Goaltender Michael Lenko after a convincing 5-0 over the Kelowna Chiefs at the Revelstoke Forum, Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Photo: Kyle Simkins/Revelstoke Mountaineer

After a tough 3-2 loss to Chase on Saturday night and with only nine games remaining in the regular season, every game is a must win for Revelstoke if they have hopes of reaching the post season.

The Kelowna Chiefs invaded the Forum on Tuesday night for a make-up game due to a highway closure earlier in the new year.

A slim margin of just one point separates the two teams, but that is where the similarities end.

This late in the season the Grizzlies have mathematical elimination looming around every loss, meanwhile Kelowna already has clinched its playoff spot.

It seemed this was on the minds of the Grizzlies as they took to the ice on Tuesday night, coming out firing on all cylinders.

No shocker that Michael Roberts got the scoring under way early in the first, extending his point streak to eight games and his scoring streak to four.

A physical first period looked like it was going to end with a 1-0 score. But in the last two minutes of the period, Steven Fiust and Tyler Chavez Leech got the tally to 3-0 at the first intermission.

The second and third periods were dominated by the Grizzlies out-shooting the Chiefs 30-12 and out scoring Kelowna 2-0 courtesy of Louie Federico and Zack Paxman in the final two stanzas.

The Grizzlies definitely outplayed the Chiefs in this match up but Kelowna didn’t go down without a fight. A combined total of 64 penalty minutes and three game misconducts were doled out with the Grizzlies penalty killers going a perfect five for five on the night.

Speaking of perfection, Revy goalie Michael Lenko, turned away all 12 shots he faced without much difficulty.

With the 5-0 win the Grizzlies take one step closer to defying the odds and clinching a post-season appearance.

Up next for the Revy Bears they host the Summerland Steam on Friday night at the Revelstoke Forum before taking on 100 Mile House at Hockey Day in Salmon Arm on Saturday afternoon.

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.