Wranglers sweep Grizzlies in KIJHL first round

The Revelstoke Grizzlies traded the lead with the 100 Mile House Wranglers in a competitive Sunday night game at the Forum, and despite a late flurry of shots with six skaters on the ice, the home team bowed out of the KIJHL playoffs with an 0-4 loss to the Wranglers.

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File photo: The Wranglers goalie Zane Steeves faced a barrage of shots in the last 90 seconds, but held on for a 3-2 win over the Grizzlies. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The 100 Mile House Wranglers knocked the Revelstoke Grizzlies out of the KIJHL playoffs with a 3-2 Sunday night win at the Forum.

It was a close one, with the teams trading the lead through the game, and the Grizzlies with many scoring chances in the dying minutes as they pressed with six skaters.

The Grizzlies salute the home crowd after their 2015–2016 season came to an end on Feb. 28. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
The Grizzlies salute the home crowd after their 2015–2016 season came to an end on Feb. 28. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The Grizzlies opened the scoring early in the second with a power play goal from Justin Fulton, but the Wranglers answered back 21 seconds later when Justin Bond tied it up.

The Grizzlies pulled ahead with one minute left in the second with a goal from Nicholas Higgs, assisted by Kyle Berry and Ryan Pereverzoff. But once again, the Wranglers came right back, getting a key goal from Tavis Roch just 48 seconds later, with only 15 seconds left in the period.

With 6:55 left in the third, Wrangler Cole Zimmerman netted the winning goal on a power play.

Grizzlies goalie Trevor Dilauro headed to the bench with 90 seconds left, and the Grizzlies peppered Wranglers netminder with great last chances, but Steeves held it at 37 saves on 39 shots.

The Wranglers go on to face the winner of the Chase/Kamloops series, where Chase leads 3-1.

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