Cody Allen made the most of his return to the Osoyoos Coyotes Wednesday evening.
Allen’s goal late in the third period was a little insurance as the Coyotes dropped the Kelowna Chiefs 5-3 at the Sun Bowl.
The Yotes (14-7-1) move two points up on the Chiefs (12-9-1-2) in a battle for second place in the KIJHL’s Okanagan division. The two clubs do battle again Friday evening, this match also in Osoyoos.
Summerland leads the division, six points up on the Yotes. Osoyoos has two games in hand on both the Steam and Chiefs.
Colin Bell’s goal midway through the second period, was the game-winner.
Hunter Johnson, Judd Repole and Sam Reinbolt also scored for the Coyotes. Reinbolt’s effort came short-handed just over six minutes into the second frame and gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Aidan Bar-Lev-Wise, Devon Sutton and Tyler Love scored for Kelowna.
The two teams skated to a 2-2 draw through 20 minutes, before the Coyotes took a 4-2 lead into the third.
Love’s goal nine minutes into the final period brought the Chiefs close at 4-3 before Allen’s effort restored the two-goal lead.
Allen, a blueliner, was playing his first game for the Coyotes after returning from seasonal work with the family business in Adams Lake.
The Coyotes outshot the Chiefs 43-34 in the free-wheeling affair. Kelowna was 1-for-7 on the powerplay, the Coyotes 0-for-4.