Storm's struggles continue at home with loss to Griz

Kamloops Daily News
December 3, 2012 01:00 AM

The Kamloops Storm lost 3-1 to the Revelstoke Grizzlies on Saturday at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, its eighth straight KIJHL loss.

Kamloops (12-14-2-3) hasn't won since Nov. 11 and has fallen to fourth place in the Doug Birks Division. It is scheduled to play the Posse in Princeton on Friday.

Spencer Samuel got the Grizzlies on the board 39 seconds into Saturday's second period, before a Brayden Beckley power-play goal made it 2-0 four minutes later. Ryan Skinner scored on a power play late in the second period to cut the lead, before Revelstoke's T.J. Christensen scored early in the third period to ice it.

Kamloops goaltender Marcus Beesley made 45 saves, as did Revelstoke's Aaron Brandoli.

Storm defenceman Spencer Schoech, a 19-year-old rookie from Dublin, Calif., has been called up to the BCHL's Prince George Spruce Kings. Schoech played 29 games for the Storm, picking up 27 points, including a team-high 21 assists.

Last month, Kamloops traded forward Briar McNaney to the Columbia Valley Rockies in exchange for future considerations. McNaney has four points in four games with the Rockies.

The Chase Heat lost its fourth straight game Saturday, 4-2 to the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Connor Brown-Maloski, a Kamloops native, had a goal for Beaver Valley, as did Kurt Black, Taylor Stafford and Derek Lashuk. Travis Beekhuizen made 24 saves in the victory.

Shelby Kostyshen and Dominick Hodges scored for Chase, and Jacob Mattes made 28 saves.

Chase is off until Saturday, when it plays the Coyotes in Osoyoos.

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