For the second time in three Revelstoke nights, a hot goaltender won a game for his team.
Unfortunately for the Osoyoos Coyotes, this time that goaltender was Giovanni Sambrielaz, who (officially) stopped 41 of 42 shots Sunday evening to backstop his Revelstoke Grizzlies to a 4-1 win and the KIJHL’s Okanagan/Shuswap championship.
It was a bitter loss for the Coyotes, who had a chance to wrap up the series Saturday evening at home, leading three-games-to two. The Coyotes Friday put themselves in a position to win it all on the back of Daniel Paul, who stopped all 36 shots he faced to record a 2-0 win in Game Five.
Alas, it was not to be.
The Coyotes fell 4-1 in Game Six and had to make the 650-km round-trip to Revelstoke one last time.
That proved to be one bus ride too many for the Coyotes.
Ryan Pereverzoff’s unassisted goal on a breakaway — the first of two Grizzly goals over a period of 22 seconds late in the first period — proved to be the game-winner.
Despite being outshot 11-10, the Grizzlies held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The Coyotes would score just over two minutes into the second period, when Colin Bell took a pass from Hunter Johnson and snapped in a bullet from the slot.
That goal, after some discussion, was disallowed, Sambrielaz knocking his net off its moorings just prior to a shot getting past him.
For those wondering about the rules in such a situation, the NHL’s official rules say this:
25.2 Infractions – When Goalkeeper is On the Ice – A goal will be awarded when an attacking player, in the act of shooting the puck into the goal (between the normal position of the posts and completely across the goal line), is prevented from scoring as a result of a defending player or goalkeeper displacing the goal post, either deliberately or accidentally.
It’s not clear what the BCAHA’s rule in this situation might be, only that BCAHA follows Hockey Canada rules and regulations.
The Coyotes’ Hunter Johnson would finally get the Coyotes on the scoreboard with just 27 seconds remaining in the second period, but what would have been a one-goal Revelstoke lead was instead two.
The Coyotes, despite out-shooting the Grizzlies 33-20 over the last two periods, couldn’t beat Sambrielaz again.
The Grizzlies would add some insurance three minutes into the final frame.
Daniel Paul stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. The Coyotes were one-for-six on the powerplay; the Grizzlies zero-for-five.
The Grizzlies will now face the Kimberely Dynamiters in the league final.