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Clean break: Corbin Marcotte delivers Sicamous’ first goal in game five of the division semifinals versus the Revelstoke Grizzlies. The contest ended in a 5-2 win for Sicamous, who is now fighting it out in the division finals with the North Okanagan Knights. See more on page 9. Photo by Lachlan Labere

Interior Health bringing lab service to Sicamous area Long time coming: Announcement marks end of clinic’s lengthy struggle to attract service. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

A lab collection service is coming to Sicamous. Interior Health announced Monday that the service will commence on Monday, March 11, and will run Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sicamous Health Centre. “Expanding lab service to Sicamous had been under consideration for some time,” said Norman Embree, Interior Health board chair in an Interior Health news release. Embree says that it’s with the support of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, which is donating $10,000 for the necessary equipment, that this expansion of the health authority’s services is able to happen. “The Shuswap Hospital Foundation is

proud to be part of this collection services to major improvement to Sicamous for some time access of laboratory and we’re happy to see services for the resiprogress is being made,” dents of the Sicamous We’ve been working on bringing said Dr. Jack Beech. area,” said foundation In Jan. 2011, a prilab collection services to president Joe Johnson. vate lab collection comSicamous for some time and “The foundation is alpany Life Labs applied we’re happy to see progress is ways pleased when it for a licence to provide being made. can support the needs lab collection services of patients across the in the Eagle Valley area, Dr. Jack Beech whole Shuswap rebut the licence was gion. It is only through won by Interior Health. the generosity of our donors that we are able On April 30, 2012, the clinic received a letto assist with projects like this.” ter from IH director of laboratory services Interior Health says doctors at the medical Marty Woods, notifying Beech and staff of clinic have been collecting lab specimens for the health authority’s “inability to meet their residents who have been unable to travel to licensing commitment of a two day a week Salmon Arm. lab collection service and ECG availability in “We’ve been working on bringing lab Sicamous.”

Woods explained at that time that a lab service in Sicamous would be hinged on operations in Salmon Arm. He said staff shortages were resulting in long lineups at the Salmon Arm blood lab, and that the Sicamous licence was applied for when operations were running more smoothly. “Now it’s a case of waiting to see what happens,” said Woods. “We still maintain we have to do it with the same dollars and the same staff. That would be our challenge – to find a way to do that.” Beech says the new service is great for Sicamous and Area E patients, who are no longer required to drive to Salmon Arm for lab work. A community open house is planned for Monday, March 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. The open house will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about the new lab service.


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Employer comes to aid of fire victim Need Help? By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Sicamous couple Irene Mahringer and Rob Niemenin were halfway to Kamloops Saturday afternoon when a fire broke at their Solsqua-Sicamous Road residence. “We’d just left our house a half-an-hour before the fire started,” says Mahringer. “We were en route to Kamloops because my husband had a chartered flight to go back to work in Fort Nelson. And we couldn’t really turn around and come

back. We couldn’t do anything, he had to go to work. So we just kept going.” Mahringer has since returned to the remains of her residence of 25 years at the Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park, and was pleased to be able to recover numerous personal belongings. At 2:04 p.m. on March 2, Sicamous RCMP received a 911 call from a residence in the Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park. The investigating officer found one of the units fully engulfed, and contacted the fire department.

Fire Chief Brett Ogino says it took three hours for his crew to contain and knock out the fire. “All in all, I thought our response was quite good and there’s still a structure standing,” says Ogino. As for the fire’s cause, Ogino says it’s believed to have started in a front bedroom, possibly an electrical panel, though nothing has been confirmed. Mahringer’s plan, for the time being, is to get back to work with her employer, Waterway Houseboats.

When word of the fire reached Waterway, the company initiated an auction through Facebook to support Mahringer. “We put a houseboat trip on our Facebook page and we had some parameters – the first bid of $4,500 or the highest bid by noon Wednesday – and somebody purchased it yesterday,” said Waterway general manager Neil Millar. “So that was great. We’re happy to help. Irene has been an excellent employee and we believe in that sort of thing here.”

Mahringer is overwhelmed with the support she’s received from Waterway and others. “I’ve worked with them for four years and they’re the best company I’ve ever worked for. What can I say, I’m just blessed,” said Mahringer, adding the Sicamous Legion has also provided financial support. Despite her loss, Mahringer says she’s doing OK, and is staying positive. “I’ve lots of friends and family, and the community has just been awesome…,” says Mahringer.


Rifle-wielding man pays store uneventful visit • Feb. 17 12:58 p.m., police received a report of two men who had walked into a local business, one carrying a rifle. It was reported the two looked around and then left, and the rifle was pointed down the whole time. It is suspected the two may have been looking for a sporting goods department. Police were unable to locate the suspect’s vehicle. • Feb. 19, 8:15 a.m., Sicamous RCMP received a request from Chase RCMP to arrest a local individual on an outstanding warrant. • Feb. 21, 7:18 p.m., report received of a suspicious vehicle in neighbourhood. Police could not locate vehicle. • Feb. 22, 12:16 a.m., report of a tractor trailer with B.C. plates driv-

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ing erratically, having a hard time staying in the lane. • 4:32 a.m., report of large tractor trailer stuck on the side of the highway, creating a traffic hazard. • Feb. 22, 12:24 p.m., police officers were called to assist the fire department with a report of a residential fire on Sutter Street. Officers in attendance spoke with the homeowner, the residence’s lone occupant, who had smelled burning plastic before calling 911 and exiting the house. Attending firefighters found there was no fire, but a clothes dryer appeared to have malfunctioned, heating up enough to have melted the inside. • Feb. 22, 5:37 p.m,. police receive a report of a black Volvo swerv-

ing all over the road, driving at excessive speeds into Sicamous from the east. No licence plate number was obtained. • Feb. 22, 6:23, p.m., complainant reported having received a text from spouse, indicating they were near Sicamous and stranded along highway, no area given. Requested police patrol to see if assistance was needed. • Feb. 22, 7:45 p.m. report of single-vehicle accident. Police say the vehicle went off to the right of the road and rolled. The lone occupant suffered no injuries. • Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., subject called police office requesting advice in a marital dispute. • Feb. 23, 9:53 a.m., police received drug in-

Sunday, March 17 - Sicamous Seniors Centre will be having their annual stew dinner with a concert with “The Great Plains” Saskia and Darrell. Dinner at 5:30 pm and concert at 7:00 pm. For more information and tickets call Diana at 250836-2446. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250-836-4876 or Kathy at 250-836-3267 Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every 1st & 3rd Wed. Eagle Valley Photography Club Everyone welcome. 7 pm at the Red Barn.

formation regarding a local individual. • Feb. 23, 11:39 a.m., request for patrols on Riverside Avenue relating to report of suspicious vehicle. • Feb. 24, 12:23 a.m., report of possible impaired driver parked near a local business. • Feb. 24, 6:29 p.m., report of a black Audi station wagon, driving unsafely and at excessive speeds. • Feb. 25, 9:22 a.m., police stopped a vehicle and found the driver had no licence. The driver is now being charged for no licence. • Feb. 26, 10:28 a.m,, report of an individual picketing in front of the post office. Attending officers found the individual was on public property and not causing any problems, and

was left to picket. • March 2, 1:46 a.m., report of single-vehicle accident, no injuries. • March 3, 7:29 p.m., report of erratic drivers, two vehicles speeding and tailgating, both tractor trailer units from the same Alberta company. The vehicles were well east of Sicamous when the report was received, and information was forwarded to the Revelstoke detachment. • March 4, 12:11 p.m., some time over the weekend, unknown culprits broke into the beach house washrooms and vandalized it. The matter is still under investigation. • March 4, 1:53 p.m., Revelstoke RCMP forwarded a subpoena for service on a witness residing in the Sicamous area.




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Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Wednesday Arts for Everyone. 10 am - 3 pm. For info contact Juanita at 250-836-3019 or Gail- at 250-836-5472

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Kwilters meet at the Haven Common room 1095 Shuswap Avenue at 7:00 p.m. For info call 250-836-2695. Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. Options For Sexual health from 7 to 9 p.m., Sicamous Health Unit.

Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-4041 for info

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Every Fri. - Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club meets at the Red Barn, 10am-3pm, Everyone welcome! For info call Esther 250-836-4373 or Amy 250-836-4756.

Every Thurs. - Sicamous Crokinole Group meets at 7pm at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre - upstairs for more info and to join call Dave Reed @ 250-836-3652 Every Thurs.-Ladies shuffleboard at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99 in Sicamous. 1pm-3pm. All ladies welcome. Every Thurs.- Crib and darts 7 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99. Everyone welcome. Every 1st, 3rd, 4th Thurs. - Keepsake

Every Fri. - Parents & Tots, 10-12 noon at Catholic Church. 836-3440.

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While Sicamous residents experienced significant troubles last summer, mosquitoes weren’t among them. According to district staff, more larvicide was used last year to treat mosquitoes than in 2011 or 2010. In 2012, the district spent just over $161,000 on mosquito control, exceeding the budget by almost $50,000. Of this, $118,870 went to the contractor, BWP Consulting Ltd., with the remainder going to materials (larvicide) purchased by the district. Last year, to deal with the potential for going over budget, council asked that staff find $50,000 in the 2012 budget to be reallocated for mosquito control. This year, council has taken a different approach. They have agreed to once again contract BWP to

manage the district’s mosquito control program. But the district is budgeting $160,000 for the program, as opposed to the $112,555 budgeted last year. According to BWP’s proposal for 2013, their budget would include two full time staff and two parttime staff working two to three days a week. They would work from late April through to August, with applications of larvicide being done by hand and by helicopter. The proposal notes the District of Sicamous Pest Management Plan includes a provision for adulticiding when government regulations have been met. “If the District of Sicamous would like our staff to offer adulticiding, we would be willing to discuss this, although it is our experience that adulticiding is usually ineffective and it is always our

Columbia Shuswap Regional District NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION FIVE YEAR (2013 – 2017) FINANCIAL PLAN Sections 815 & 816 of the Local Government Act require that all Regional Districts prepare and adopt, by bylaw, a Five Year Financial Plan on an annual basis. It also requires that the Board undertake a process of public consultation regarding the Five Year Financial Plan before it is adopted. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the CSRD offices located at 781 Marine Park Drive NE, Salmon Arm BC on Friday March 8, 2013 from 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM local time for an opportunity to speak directly to the Manager of Finance regarding the proposed Five Year (2013 – 2017) Financial Plan. The Five Year Financial Plan will be considered for adoption at the Thursday March 21, 2013 Regular Board meeting.

goal to avoid adulticides whenever possible,” states BWP. Works services manager Grady MacDonald said the $160,000 would be spent only in a worst-case scenario. “2012 was probably the highest water we’ve seen in many years, and… we used more than twice the amount of product as the previous year – doubling the amount used in 2011 and five times the amount used in 2010,” said MacDonald, adding the district keeps about $20,000-worth of the larvicide in stock over the winter. “So we have product to start with at the beginning of the year. So I don’t anticipate the $160,000 will be spent every

year.” Mayor Darrell Trout questioned whether a decision on BWPs contract could be held off for budget deliberations, but MacDonald recommended that it be done now, as the contractor may be looking at other works, and the district didn’t want to get caught with its pants down. “Not when the mosquitoes are out,” quipped Coun. Fred Busch. Council supported the budgetary increase, with Coun. Charlotte Hutchinson calling it a proactive approach to mosquito control. Trouton noted the district is also in discussion with the Columbia Shuswap Regional Dis-

trict to extend the mosquito control program out to Cambie Hall. “We should be looking at how much they’ll pay into the program… we’re working on that as well,” said Trouton.

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Taxpayers stung with BC Liberal ethnic strategy


t appears Premier Christy Clark’s election momentum has been derailed by internal scandal and abuses of power. The governing Liberals swung into damage control after the NDP leaked a document last week detailing the party’s strategy to attract “ethnic voters.” Ignoring the ignorance behind the Liberal Party’s intended application of the word “ethnic,” the Multicultural Outreach Strategic Plan represents an egregious example of partisan politicking on the public dime. The document, drafted in 2012, calls for analysis of the NDP and BC Conservative’s “readiness and weaknesses in ethnic communities,” and to “identify historical failures of the NDP government on multicultural issues.” It also recommends the government “identify and correct ‘historical wrongs’ through actions such as the Komagatu Maru apology in the House.” Again, this is for political gain, and not because it might be the right thing to do. The plan also calls for the hiring of “ethnic organizers” to “contact targeted ethnic groups around the swings” to build a database, and keep track of “likely support.” A second government document details the hiring of a liaison and three consultants, tasked with engaging “ethnic communities.” This initiative represents another $200,000 in taxpayer dollars going to support a partisan agenda. Since the strategy’s release, there have been resignations from the Liberal ranks, most notable being Premier Clark’s deputy chief of staff Kim Haakstad, whose email account was used to send out the document. John Yap has also stepped down as multiculturalism minister. Two apologies have been issued by the BC Liberals, the first through deputy premier Rich Coleman, and the second by Clark herself. The premier has apologized for the “language” used in the document, said it should never have been created, and denied having seen it before last week. Clark promises there will be an investigation which, of course, which will also be conducted at the expense of taxpayers.



Minister Joe Oliver on oil, gas and coal By Tom Fletcher News Columnist

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended last week’s international conference (in Vancouver) on liquefied natural gas development. I spoke with him about Canada’s energy exports and emissions. Here are excerpts from that discussion: TF: President Barack Obama’s recent state of the union address seemed to hint at approval for the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to U.S. refineries, with perhaps some measure to go along with it like a carbon cap and trade market. Your government has backed North American cap and trade before. Would you do it again? JO: No, we’re not thinking about that at all. The U.S. Congress is opposed to that concept from what I understand. TF: Your party ran ads targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and equating cap and trade with a

carbon tax. They’re not the same, are they? JO: The end result is that taxes increase because of how we handle carbon. It hasn’t been successful in Europe at all. Anyway, it’s not part of our thinking. We are making significant progress on greenhouse gas emissions. Our recent regulations regarding heavyduty vehicles, the previous rules regarding cars and light trucks, which are identical to the U.S., are going to be helpful. And also the rules relating to coal-fired electricity. It’s our objective to see all those coal plants closed, and in that regard we’re certainly ahead of the U.S. Coal is contributing 40 times the greenhouse gas emissions of the oil sands. And actually the oil sands are less than half the emissions from coal-fired electricity in the state of Illinois. We’re moving with the U.S. on the over-arching objective of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions

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by 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020, but we’re also doing other things that the U.S. hasn’t yet decided to do. We’ve been approaching the reduction of emissions on a sectoral basis, and the next area of focus will be regulations in the oil and gas sector. TF: You’re comfortable with the idea that exporting LNG that replaces coal is an appropriate step at this time, one that’s doable as opposed to these Kyototype gestures? JO: It is doable. And on a global basis, this would be a very significant development. If China, for example, could significantly move from coal to gas, that would have a huge impact. Canada’s small. We’re about two per cent of global emissions. We have to do our part, that’s the responsible thing to do, but it’s the big emitters that are going to make the difference to global emissions. TF: International Energy Agency talks about self-sufficiency in the U.S.,

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oil and gas, by 2035. What does that mean for the Canadian economy? JO: Firstly, I don’t think they’re going to be selfsufficient in oil. North America will be self-sufficient in gas and oil. What it means is, for gas we’re going to have to find new markets, and for oil we’re going to have to find markets to sustain the growth in supply. The United States will still be a big buyer of Canadian oil. We’re shipping about two and a half million barrels a day, of which a million comes from the oil sands. Right now we’re losing about $50 million a day because of the crude oil bottleneck in the U.S. midwest, compared to international prices. We absolutely must find new markets, which is why our government in principle is supporting the transport of oil and gas to the west, to the east, continuing to the south and possibly even the north.

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Minister’s letter doesn’t reflect residents’ reality An open letter to B.C. Transportation Minister Mary Polak: We must take issue with the half truths and misinformation in Minister Polak’s letter to the editor (Feb. 27 EVN). On Feb. 5, while Polak, and Justice Minister Shirley Bond, were making appearances and doing photo ops in the region with the new Liberal candidate, and giving out millions of dollars in highway improvements, she claims to have stopped here to be briefed and inspect Hummingbird Creek. Funny thing, there is one road in and out of Swansea Point, and not one person here saw Polak or representatives from her ministry. From 1997, and particularly over the past eight years we can pull from our files multitudes of letters written to the MOTI; The premiers’ office; MLA George Abbott, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the B.C. Ombudsperson, West Coast Environmental Law, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, and other government/ legal bodies. So please do not say you have never

heard from us. A second campaign of letter writing began Jan. 10, 2013. Close to 300 residents of Swansea Point, full-time and seasonal, began writing their MLAs for action on this creek. We know you and your office heard from some of them. Something had to be done before spring freshet was upon us again. And through these letters, eventually Kathy Corrigan, Opposition safety critic for the province, entered the picture. After seeing our file, including 600 pictures which you also have in your office, as well as copies of a Jan. 16, 2013 correspondence to us from EMBC executive director Cameron Lewis, in which he states: “The Province is now in the process of reviewing the results of this work at a senior level to determine if any flood mitigation work can be funded and undertaken this year on Hummingbird Creek.” Thank goodness Kathy Corrigan made the decision to come and see for herself. A Feb. 5 BC NDP press release stated Corrigan would be here at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 to

tour the creek. Checking the email at 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 6, one from Cameron Lewis on behalf of the premier was received. His email was sent at 10:05 a.m. and arrived on our

Funny thing, there is one road in and out of Swansea Point, and not one person her saw her or the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

computer at 10:25. It states, “Based on our assessment work, the province will be funding and undertaking in-channel works on Hummingbird Creek, designed to achieve a channel that can contain 1 in 200 year return period flows.” At a public meeting held on Feb. 13, in our fire hall, we found the province’s proposal to repair the creek to be flawed, as it’s based on a “clear water event,” and not a debris flow, the likes of which we experienced in June

2012. We also learned this project is to be costshared between EMBC and MOTI. The first of the equipment to repair the creek arrived Feb. 18. The plan is evolving slowly as they uncover the damage from years of neglect. We have no idea what the plan will end up being, but you can be sure they will dig their heals in at replacing the six-foot-diameter culvert, identified by residents and, at one time, the province, as a necessary remedy. As for Ms. Polak knowing anything at all about the vote here on the debris catchment basin, she should check her facts. Swansea Point resi-




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community In the pink: Last Wednesday, students across the country wore pink shirts to school for the national antibullying campaign Pink Shirt Day. Top – Parkview Elementary kindergarten students Cidney Fitzpatrick, Amy Vandenberg, Ava Fischer are proud in pink. Bottom – Eagle River Secondary students (rear) Jennifer Spelay, Melissa Adams, Kayla Stump, Kendra Schrama, Natalie Evans (front) Josee Michaud, Caitlyn Schrama, Monica McMillan and SoyYong Lee enjoy the strawberry pancakes served to students who came dressed in pink. Phots contributed

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ERS a contender for outdoor classroom Get outside:

By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Some Eagle River Secondary students want to leave the school a little better than they found it, but need some help in this endeavour. Teacher Jessa Clark says her Physics 11 students were wondering how they could make their grad year memorable. Clark provided the answer when she introduced them to the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition, where the grand prize is $20,000 to go towards the creation of an outdoor classroom. Clark said the idea clicked with her students, who began working on a proposal, with a design based on a First Nations medicine wheel, to be built in the school’s innercourtyard. “One of the students with a First Nations background mentioned they would like to do something, so I suggested the medicine wheel idea and they jumped on that and had all these great ideas of how to get the colours and different quadrants to match up with… what the four quadrants represent,” says Clark. The school has already passed a major hurdle in the contest. Out of 140 proposals, 10 schools from across the nation were selected to take part in the contest. Eagle River Secondary was one of

Eagle River Secondary Grade 11 students are stoked to win a $20,000 prize to turn the school’s inner-courtyard into a classroom. A7

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rytellers and bannock making. A lot of aboriginal things happening that morning and making people aware that we’re in the running and that they have to start voting.” And even if Eagle River fails to take the top prize, there is still

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it’s not known who the teams will be but the coaching staff fully expect the opposition to be well prepared for competition. Over the next two weeks, the bantam team will continue with their preparation on and off the ice, including fundraising throughout our community and abroad in an attempt to raise sufficient funds for their journey up north. The support has been tremendous to date but a final push will be in order to reach their fundraising goal. The Revelstoke bantam team includes players from Sicamous and Revelstoke. This is the third time in recent years a bantam team from Revelstoke has received the approval from Sicamous Minor Hockey to support our local bantam program who have gone onto

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Knights topple Eagles 6-5 in overtime

By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The Eagles may have met their match in the North Okanagan Knights Sicamous suffered a frustrating 5-6 overtime defeat Monday night at the hands of their Armstrong hosts in game one of the division finals. The Knights were strong throughout the first and second periods, letting in single Sicamous markers in each. The first was by Brendan Devries, assisted by Jordan Harder and Brayden Taekema. Corbin Marcotte potted the second, assisted by Cameron Berry and Brad Crump. By the end of the second period, the Eagles were trailing 5-2. But the team turned things around in the third period. Jordan Harder put in his second goal of the night, aided by Taekema. Devries put in his second goal later in the frame, assisted by Crump and Taekema. And at 1:22, Marcotte put in his second goal, assisted by Alex Dartnall and Berry. Sicamous had three tries on net in overtime, but the Knights took the win. Game two in this series is Tuesday night, after press time. The relatively short division semifinal series versus the Revelstoke Grizzlies concluded with two decisive wins for Sicamous.

Play Nisse: Revelstoke’s Brayden Beckley earns two minutes in the sin bin in game 5 after seeking payback on Sicamous’ Aidan Nisse, who had pushed Beckley into the boards. Photo by Lachlan Labere On Feb. 26, at the Revelstoke Forum, the Grizzlies suffered a 6-2 defeat to the dominating Eagles – much to the chagrin of fans, some of whom tossed the beer cups at the Sicamous team as they left the ice. Scoring started late in the first frame, with Taekema lighting up the board at 7:51, his goal assisted by Harder and Devries. Minutes later, Devries added an unassisted marker. And, with four seconds left in the period, Quinn Rempel added a third goal for Sicamous, assisted by Dominick Hodges and Cam Olson. The only goal in the second frame was by Taekema, assisted by Jameson Stoski and Devries. Sicamous’ remaining markers were scored in the first half of the third period, by Nathan Grieve (assisted by

Rempel), and Nicholas Astasiewicz (Michael Bell and Crump). Game five, the last in the series, saw the Eagles take the division semifinal with a 5-2 win on home ice. Throughout the first period, the Eagles were clearly running rings around the Grizzlies, though putting the puck between the pipes was still no easy task. That said, Marcotte received the biscuit from Devon Quartly, and at 12:20 in the first period, sent it flying past Grizzlies netminder Conrad McMillan. Next came a skillfully delivered unassisted goal by Devries. The Grlizzlies’ momentum picked up somewhat on a power play early in the second frame during which the Revelstoke team put in the first of two goals. The second was delivered by Brayden Beckley at 13:24, increasing

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