Grizzlies trip up Knights

The North Okanagan Knights can’t buy a break at the Revelstoke Forum.

  • Nov. 30, 2011 10:00 a.m.

The North Okanagan Knights can’t

buy a break at the Revelstoke Forum.

Threatening to rally after trailing

by three goals early, the Knights lost

all momentum when the Grizzlies’

Braden Seyl netted a rink-long fluttering

wrister that took a bizarre

bounce in front of netminder Dustin

Nikkel as he went out to play the

puck. The shorthanded marker stood

as the winner as Revelstoke iced the

North Okanagan 6-4 in front of 250

Kootenay International Junior Hockey

League fans Saturday night.

“It’s almost like we’re cursed in that

building,” said Knights’ head coach

Kris Mallette.

“We battled hard to make it 4-3

and to have that one go in the way it

did, it kind of took the wind out of

our sails.”

The Knights (16-9-0-1), who trail

the Grizz (18-5-0-1) by four points

in the Doug Birks Division, entertain

Revelstoke in a rematch tonight at

Nor-Val Sports Centre. They visit the

Kelowna Chiefs (11-14-0-1) Friday at

Rutland Arena.

With defenceman John Saunders

called up to the BCHL Vernon Vipers,

the Knights dressed just four blueliners

Saturday night.

Singles by Kyle Schwartz, Seyl and

Braeden Monk had Revelstoke up by

three in the first period.

The Grizzlies’ Devon Hascarl, a

Vernon product who has five points

in six games with the BCHL Westside

Warriors, finished with four assists.

Tye Sanford, another Vernon native,

had one.

“Hascarl has been playing really

well for us,” said Kevin Kraus, a firstyear

assistant coach with Revelstoke

and former Viper captain. “He’s trying

his best to stay up there (in Westside),

and every time he comes back, he

seems to play better and better for us.”

A late shorty by Armstrong’s Brett

Hawrys, assisted by Ryan Scheidt and

Eric Chore, cut into the lead before the

first intermission.

Schwartz restored the Grizzlies’

three-goal lead before singles by

Tanner Burns and Chore cut the lead

to one.

“They came back and it ended up

being a real good game. We’re starting

a pretty good divisional rivalry here,”

said Kraus.

Singles by Revelstoke’s Braeden

Monk and North Okanagan’s Bryce

Koch (after Seyl’s winner), completed

the scoring.

The Knights came into the tilt on

a high after they knocked off the firstplace

Kamloops Storm (23-3-0-2)

Friday, but stumbled out of the gate.

“We beat ourselves,” he said. “The

kids were raring to go, but found ourselves

in the hole early.”