REGULAR SEASON DONE, PLAYOFFS COMMENCE
After 47 Regular Season games the CHASE HEAT achieve 1st place in their Doug Birks Division and claim home ice advantage for the first two rounds of the Playoffs.
This Friday the 24th at the Art Holding Memorial Arena the intensity increases as the HEAT face the Revelstoke GRIZZLIES in a best of 7 opening round. Game 2 goes Saturday the 25th at AHMA at 7:00 pm. Games 3 and 4 shift to the Revelstoke Forum on Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th. Game 5 if necessary is in Chase on Thursday March 2nd, Game 6 in Revelstoke on Friday the 3rd and Game 7 back in Chase on Saturday the 4th. The winner of this series will meet either the 100 Mile House WRANGLERS or Kamloops STORM in the 2nd round starting March 7th.
The past weekend saw the HEAT in two meaningless games to wrap up the Regular Season. Friday night at AHMA resulted in a 9-0 victory over the Sicamous EAGLES. In this contest Nic Bruyere earned a shutout, Travis Beaubien reached 100 points in his Junior career, Josh Bourne enjoyed a five point night including a hat trick and Spencer Farstad had 2 goals and 2 assists. In the 2nd game the HEAT travelled to 100 Mile and saw the tables turned taking an 8-2 trashing. A bright note saw Zachary Fournier achieve 100 points in his Junior Career, all with the HEAT.
Michael Fidanza finishes the campaign with 23 goals and 43 assists for 66 points, for a 4th place tie in overall KIJHL scoring. Josh Bourne finishes in 10th place with 28 goals, 29 assists for 57 points. Nic Bruyere finishes 5th is save percentage at 0.922 and 10th in goals against average at 2.71.
In other news the 6th Annual HEAT Awards Banquet took place Sunday the 19th at the Adams Lake Indian Band Conference Centre. Over 200 enjoyed a succulent meal provided by tireless HEAT Volunteers. Guest Speaker Kathy Salmon provided a powerful speech on the “Power of Positive Thinking”, which had everyone in attendance participating. Ms. Salmon is a former luge Olympian and 6 time Canadian Champion. Head Coach Brad Fox gave a passionate address thanking all those who have made his 7 years to this point in Chase a very rewarding experience. Those fortunate to receive awards and accolades were;
MVP: Nic Bruyere, Michael Fidanza (tie)
Top Defenceman: Pat Brady
Rookie: Evan Hughes
Top Scorer: Michael Fidanza
Most Sportsmanlike: Spencer Farstad
Most Dedicated: The TEAM
Warrior: Spencer Farstad, Kolten Moore (tie)
Unsung Hero: Grady Musgrave
Most Improved: Ryan Okino
Game Star: Nic Bruyere
Schlolastic: Landon Russell
Fan Favourite: Pat Brady
The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to the very worthy Rick “Julio” Iglesias , Trainer , for his ongoing sacrifice day in and out, to make the HEAT a success!