Colin Bell scored once and set up three more scores Friday evening, helping the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 7-3 playoff-opening win over the visiting Princeton Posse.
The Coyotes captain and regular season team MVP was one of seven Coyotes scoring to open the Okanagan division best-of-seven semi-final.
Judd Repole, Austin Cleaver, Sam Reinbolt, Carter Shannon, Brandon Onstein and Connor Onstein also scored for the Coyotes.
Three of the goals came on the powerplay.
Lane French replied with two scores for the Posse.
The Posse opened the scoring eight minutes into the opening frame, French scoring on the powerplay. The Yotes would score three times — Bell unassisted on the first, then helping Repole and Cleaver — to take a 3-1 lead late into the period.
Two Princeton markers in the last minute brought the score to 3-3 at the close of the first period.
Osoyoos would score three time in the second to take charge of the contest. Connor Onstein’s powerplay goal with 7:52 remaining in the third completed the scoring.
The Coyotes outshot the Posse 38-27.
Game Two in the series is scheduled for tonight at the Sun Bowl. The puck drops at 7:35.
The series shifts to Princeton Monday and Tuesday for Games three and four.
Elsewhere in KIJHL play Friday evening, Summerland topped the Chiefs 5-4 in Kelowna, 100 Mile House upset Chase 5-3 and the host Revelstoke Grizzlies needed overtime to edge the Kamloops Storm 4-3.
In the Kootenay Conference, favourites Castlegar, Nelson, Creston Valley and Kimberley all won their playoff opening games.