Devon Pearson made 30 saves as the Chase Heat hammered the Kamloops Storm 5-0 at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on Saturday.
It was the last of eight meetings between the teams this KIJHL season — Kamloops won four, Chase won three and the teams tied the other. Both teams are into the last week of the regular season.
Kamloops will play the Revelstoke Grizzlies twice to wrap it up — there on Friday and here on Saturday at 7 p.m. Chase will be home to the Sicamous Eagles on Wednesday, 7 p.m., before finishing with a Saturday game in Sicamous and a Sunday game against the North Okanagan Knights in Armstrong.
The Storm (17-27-2-4) will finish fourth in the Doug Birks Division and will face either the Knights (33-14-1-2) or Eagles (30-13-2-4) in Round 1 of the playoffs. Although North Okanagan has a three-point lead in the division, there is a chance the Eagles could finish first.
North Okanagan has two games remaining in the regular season — Sunday against Chase and Friday against visiting Sicamous. The Eagles will play two against Chase and the other against the Knights.
The Heat (11-32-3-3) has enjoyed a better second season in the KIJHL, but won’t make the postseason.
Connor Venne had two goals Saturday. Kurtis Johnson, Levi Chamberlain and Austin Willier also scored in the victory, and Nic Fidanza had two assists.
The Heat peppered Kamloops goalie Wade Moyls with 38 shots.