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Kamloops Storm lose stingy affair to Revelstoke

The Sept. 30 KIJHL game featured 81 shots on goal, but only one goal

Cody Creasy was stellar in net for the Kamloops Storm on Friday night (Sept. 30), turning aside 42 of 43 shots faced as the junior B club suffered a 1-0 setback to the visiting Revelstoke Grizzlies.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest between the Doug Birks Division rivals on McArthur Island saw plenty of shots on goal (Revelstoke netminder Owen Albers secured the win and shutout by stopping all 38 shots he faced) and scoring chances. But only a power play goal from Revelstoke’s Carter Bettenson at the 6:54 mark of the third period managed to hit the scoresheet.

Attendance was pegged at 480.

Revelstoke was 1 for 2 on the power play, while Kamloops went 0 for 3 with the man advantage. The Grizzlies amassed eight penalty minutes, compared to the Storm’s 36, aided plenty by a 20-minute gross misconduct call against Ty Horner in the final minute of the game and a 10-minute misconduct levied against Peyton Kelly halfway through the final frame.

ICE CHIPS — The 20-team KIJHL is composed of two conferences — Kootenay and Okanagan — with each housing two divisions of five teams each (Spokane, a member of the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay Conference, is taking this season off). Kamloops is in the Doug Birks Division of the Okanagan Conference, alongside Revelstoke, Chase Heat, North Okanagan Knights of Armstrong, Sicamous Eagles and 100 Mile House Wranglers …. Revelstoke is atop the Doug Birks Division with a 3-0 record, followed by Sicamous (2-0), Kamloops (1-1), Chase (0-2-1) and 100 Mile House (0-3) … Kamloops is in Sicamous on Oct. 2 before returning home to McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on Oct. 7 for a 7 p.m. game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of Fruitvale.