All things considered, it was a good weekend for the Osoyoos Coyotes.
Despite a 3-2 loss to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in Game Two of the KIJHL’s Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final Sunday evening, the Yotes come home:
- with the championship series deadlocked at a game-a-piece;
- to play three of the next five games (if necessary) in Osoyoos;
- serving notice the 10-4 drubbing they took in Revelstoke at the end of the regular season was an anomaly;
- knowing they can come-from-behind to overtake the high-powered Grizz; and,
- giving their fans a reprieve from the sophomoric play-by-play from “Bob and Byron.”
(Does anyone ever again want to hear Judd Repole’s name pronounced like a Swiss cough drop?)
For the second time in two nights, the Coyotes found themselves down two goals. Unlike Saturday, though, when the Yotes overcame that deficit and scored a victory in overtime, Sunday they couldn’t catch the Grizz.
Still, they managed a good hunt, the Coyotes taking advantage of what is increasingly looking like a weary den of Grizzlies.
Revelstoke carried the play throughout the first period, notching 18 shots on Daniel Paul to the Coyotes nine on Giovanni Sambrielaz. The Yotes, from there, outshot Revelstoke 26-18.
Judd Repole and Colin Bell scored for the Coyotes, who trailed 2-0 at the end of 20 minutes of play and 3-2 after 40. There was no scoring in the third period.
The Coyotes are home for Games Three and Four Tuesday and Wednesday, a golden Sun Bowl opportunity to put a chokehold on the series.
The Coyotes will be in their own beds for the first time in three days; the Grizzlies will be on the road, continuing a playoff slog that has included seven overtime games (in 15 starts) and facing the spectre of a rejuvenated Coyote pack.
You’ve got to like the home side’s chances.
Game time Tuesday is 7:35 p.m.