Daelen Der’s powerplay goal six minutes into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Osoyoos Coyotes nipped the visiting Golden Rockets 4-3 in KIJHL Play Saturday evening.
Twice during the contest the Coyotes managed to establish two goal leads, only to see the resilient Rockets bounce back.
Bryson Rody and Brock Marple scored in the first — both on the powerplay — before the Rockets replied with a power play goal of their own — Dominc Turner scoring with 2:15 remaining in the opening frame.
Golden would tie the game at 2-2 two minutes into the second period before Milo Labonte and Der would restore the two-goal cushion.
Jaden Callen’s powerplay marker with 9:41 remaining brought the Rockets to within one but that’s as close as they would get even after goalie Jacob Bennett was pulled in the last minute.
Bailey Monteith recorded his second win of the season, stopping 34 of 36 shots.
Unlike two previous contests — where they managed just 14 and 17 shots respectively in road losses in Kelowna and 100 Mile House — the Yotes put 38 shots on goal against Golden.
The win vaulted the Coyotes back into third place in the Okanagan division, a point up on the Princeton Posse, 5-2 losers at home to the North Okanagan Knights.
The Coyotes entertain the Posse Wednesday evening.
In one other Okanagan division contest, Summerland gave Kelowna its first home defeat — and regulation-time loss this season — scoring a 7-2 win at Rutland Arena.