Kamloops Storm blows in, rains on the Grizzlies’ parade

People hoped the Grizzlies would battle their way to a victory against the Kamloops Storm on Tuesday, but it was not to be. Here,┬áthe Grizzlies’ Spencer Samuel raises his stick in triumph as he scores the first of what would be just two goals during the boys’ Tuesday night game agains the Kamloops Storm. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

People hoped the Grizzlies would battle their way to a victory against the Kamloops Storm on Tuesday, but it was not to be.

The local heros lost 4-2 to their rivals

It started out okay. Spencer Samuel scored the Grizzlies first goal with assist from Dallas Flockhart at 10:33 during a power lay opportunity, but the Storm quickly replied with goals at 8:05, 7:27 and at 0:35. Their first two goals were on power play opportunities.

The Storm scored again at 3:41 in the second period and the Grizzlies’Austin Donaldson won their second goal on a power play at 2:27 in the third period with assists from Dylan Ossman and Jordan Furlane.

The Grizzlies had 41 shots on goal and the Storm made 32.

The two teams were almost evenly matched in the penalty department. 15 Grizzly players were sent to the penalty box and 13 players from Kamloops also had penalties.

The Storm’s Josh Rasmussen and Marcus Beesley were the first and second stars of the game while Backup Goalie Aaron Brandoli of the Grizzlies was ┬ánamed the third.

250 people attended the game, not what the team’s owners would have liked but actually not bad when you consider this game was held on a Tuesday evening.

The Grizzlies’ next home game will be this Friday at 7 pm against the Kelowna Chiefs. The team will travel to Summerland the next day for a game against the Summerland Steam.