Revelstoke Grizzlies take 3-1 lead in KIJHL finals

After their 5-0 rout of the Dynamiters, the Grizzlies take a skate around the ice to thank the fans on April 2. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Revelstoke Grizzlies are within one win of the KIJHL championships after a convincing 5-0 win over the Kootenay Conference champion Kimberley Dynamiters at the Revelstoke Forum on April 2.

The Grizzlies now lead the series 3-1 and head back to Kimberley for game five of the series on Thursday, April 4. A win in Kimberley will earn the Grizzlies the KIJHL championships. A loss will bring the series back to Revelstoke for game six on Saturday, April 6.

Action in front of the net on April 2. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

On Tuesday night the Grizzlies looked strong in front of a nearly sold out home crowd.

Ethan Schaeffer opened the scoring at 16:11 with an assist from Jaden Hay and Ullar Wiatzka on a powerplay.

Less than a minute later, Ryan Pereverzoff made it 2-0 Grizzlies with assists to Raymond Speerbrecker and Jaden Hay.

At 12:07, Ullar Wiatzka made the game 3-0.

The second period passed scoreless. In the third, Nathan Bailer scored two unanswered goals in the first five minutes to make it 5-0 Grizzlies.

In the net, Liam McGarva earned a shutout with 29 saves. The Grizzlies put 32 shots on net during the game.

Back to Kimberley

Despite back-to-back 5-0 Grizzlies wins on Monday and Tuesday night and the 3-1 lead, the series isn’t over yet.

The Grizzlies eked out a 2-1 win at the Kimberley Civic Centre in game one, then lost 4-1 on Saturday in front of a large, supportive Dynamiters crowd. They’ll be facing a team with its season on the line, so anything can happen.

A Dynamiters win on Thursday night will bring the series back to the Revelstoke Forum on Saturday for game 6, which will be the final home game of the season.

What’s after the KIJHL championship?

The winner of the Revelstoke Grizzlies vs Kimberley Dynamiters KIJHL championship series will skate on to compete in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, the annual four-team tournament that brings the best Junior B teams in the province together.

This year, Campbell River plays host, so as the hosts the local Campbell River Storm will play.

The Pacific Junior Hockey League champion North Van Wolf Pack and the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champion Victoria Cougars have already advanced to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The tournament starts on Thursday, April 11, and the gold medal match is on Sunday, April 14 at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River.