Ryan MacDonald scored with just 1:23 remaining in the second overtime period and Peter Michailides added three points as the Osoyoos Coyotes earned their second win of the season Saturday night.
The Yotes (2-10-1) scored a 4-3 win over the visiting Columbia Valley Rockies (9-3-0-1) — currently sitting second in the Kootenay Conference’s Eddie Mountain division — and moved themselves out of the Okanagan cellar.
“We played to our ability tonight; last night we played down a level,” said head coach Mark Chase, contrasting tonight’s win with a 3-1 loss in Sicamous.
“We told them they missed their rent payment yesterday, it was doubly owed this evening,” he said. “They bought into that. This was one of the best performances we’ve put together. ”
The game started with a typical script for the Coyotes — a couple of early goals for the other side that quickly had the club in a hole. Tonight, though, the Yotes didn’t fold into oblivion.
“Our focal point during the first intermission was to stay on course,” said Chase. “We reset and we refocused. The kids came out determined and they demonstrated that.”
Michailides got the home side back within one 13 minutes into the second period, then set up Seth Kriese on the powerplay with just 22 seconds remaining in the middle frame to knot the score.
Two minutes into the third, Michailides would set up Bryson Garska on yet another powerplay opportunity and the comeback was complete, the Yotes nursing a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game.
A late tally by the Rockies’ Gavin Fleck sent the game into overtime, where MacDonald finally ended it with the clubs playing three skaters a side.
The Coyotes were two-for-five on the powerplay, the Rockies one-for-three.
In net, Daniel Paul stopped 40 of 43 shots; at the other end of the ice, the Coyotes put 38 shots on Ty Grant.
The Coyotes have almost a week to prepare for their next game, the club travelling to Spokane Friday evening to play the Braves (6-5-0-2). They play in Princeton (7-5) Saturday evening.
Sicamous 3, Coyotes 1
In Sicamous, Friday evening, the Eagles built a 2-0 lead through two periods and coasted home for the win.
Brock Marple scored the Coyotes lone goal, that marker coming late in the third period on the powerplay.
Osoyoos managed 34 shots on goal, the Eagles 47.