Magic Number: 3

(Coyote wins, Steam losses or a combination thereof needed for Osoyoos to claim Okanagan division title)

Games remaining:

Jan. 31 — Kelowna
Feb. 3 — Kelowna
Feb. 9 — @ Summerland
Feb. 10 — North Okanagan
Feb. 14 — @North Okanagan
Feb. 16 — @ Revelstoke
Feb. 17 — North Okanagan

Games remaining:

Feb. 2 — @ Kelowna
Feb. 3 — @ North Okanagan
Feb. 6 — @ Kelowna
Feb. 9 — COYOTES
Feb. 10 — @ 100 Mile House
Feb. 12 — Princeton
Feb. 16 — Kelowna
Feb. 17 — @ Revelstoke

The magic number is now three.

That’s how many Coyotes wins, Steam losses or a combination of the two, the Osoyoos Coyotes need to secure at worst a tie for the KIJHL’s Okanagan division regular season title.

The Yotes (29-9-1-1) took a big step toward that goal with a 9-1 win over the visiting Sicamous Eagles Saturday evening at the Sun Bowl.

In Armstrong, meanwhile, Summerland (23-12-1-3) was losing 2-1 to the North Okanagan Knights.

Jack McNarama’s second goal of the season — coming with just over a minute remaining in the first period — was the game-winner for the Coyotes.

Levi Holz, Jackson Barrett, Carter Robinson, Sam Reinbolt, Connor Onstein, Carter Shannon, Sunil Sahota and Brandon Onstein also scored for the Coyotes.

Noah Paterson scored the lone goal for the Eagles, breaking Darren Paul’s shutout bid midway through the third period.

The Coyotes led 2-0 after 20 minutes of play and 5-0 after 40.

Paul turned away 36 of 37 shots; the Coyotes peppered Eagles netminder Koltin Dodge with 38 shots over two periods and added 14 more on Aaron Jakubowski, who replaced his teammate for the third period of play.

The Coyotes host the Kelowna Chiefs Wednesday evening and again Saturday. Summerland, meanwhile, is on the road, playing in Kelowna Friday and at North Okanagan Saturday.

The Coyotes and Steam meet one more time in the regular season, playing in Summerland Feb. 9.


Yote Notes: Carter Shannon was on his best behaviour last night after returning from a six-game suspension that began Jan. 9. He scored a goal for the Coyotes and stayed out of the penalty box . . . The Coyotes have the second-best powerplay percentage in the KIJHL, converting on 26.5% of opportunities. The Yotes have the most powerplay goals at 67.

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