Thunder Cats win one of three

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The Creston Valley Thunder Cats earned two points with one win out of three games on a weekend road trip, which saw them take on the Chase Heat, Kamloops Storm and Sicamous Eagles.

The Thunder Cats’ only win was a 10-5 victory over the Heat on Friday.

“I knew if we came out and played the way we could, there was an opportunity for us to do that,” said head coach Brent Heaven.

Goals from Scott Swiston, Trevor Forward, C.J. Caputo and Trevor LeBlanc gave the Cats a 4-2 lead after the first period, followed by second-period goals from Brandon Formosa (two) and Forward. Swiston scored again early in the third period, with two more from Forward, one with 10 minutes left, the other with 15 seconds.

Heaven acknowledged the effort of the team, particularly Formosa, who has earned a point in nearly two dozen consecutive games.

The following night’s game against the Storm, although a 4-3 loss, was better than the match against Chase.

“We outplayed Kamloops, and we outshot them 48-35,” Heaven said. “Sometimes the breaks just don’t come your way. … If we were able to play that way, nine out of 10 times, we’d get the win.”

Creston’s goals were scored by Jovi Fabbri in the first period, and Tyler Akeroyd and Forward in the third.

Creston lost 3-1 on Sunday afternoon against Sicamous, partly as a result of the quick turnaround between games, with Jordan Johnson’s goal coming late in the third period.

“We didn’t come out with the energy we needed to,” said Heaven. “I think the guys ran out of gas there. I think we’re going to have to work on conditioning a bit more.”

This weekend, the Thunder Cats are visited by the Storm on Saturday and the Golden Rockets on Sunday.

“Hopefully, we can come out with our strong foot forward and be ready to go,” Heaven said.

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