Coyotes ride powerplay to shutout win

All of a sudden, the Osoyoos Coyotes have a powerplay — and a pretty solid defensive game.

But, says coach Mark Chase, the team can still play even better.

The Yotes (6-10-1) scored two goals in the span of less than two minutes Friday evening to knock off the North Okanagan Knights 3-0 in Armstrong. The markers came in the second period with Knight Jaden Hay in the box with a five-minute kneeing major.

The win was the third shutout in four games for Coyote netminder Daniel Paul, who turned away 29 shots. The Yotes have allowed just five goals in their last five games and just two goals in their last four.

At the other end of the rink, eight of the last 19 goals the Coyotes have scored have come with a man advantage.

Still, Chase says he wasn’t particularly happy with his team’s play in Armstrong.

“We owe Osoyoos a quality hockey game tomorrow night,” he said. “We’ll leave this one here in North Okanagan and move on as to not look back at this one.

“In no way was our approach to tonight’s game to rely on our 20-year-old goaltender and put him in the position we did tonight. Daniel Paul stood in his cage tonight and provided a night’s worth of goaltending school.”

After a scoreless first period in Armstrong, Ryan MacDonald put the Coyotes on the board, his goal coming with some help from Blake Astorino and Bryson Rody 3:42 into the second.

Less than two minutes later, Elijah Havers notched his first goal of the season to give the Yotes a 2-0 lead. MacDonald and Peter Michailides assisted.

Six minutes into the third, Michailides got his sixth goal of the season to put the game out of reach.

In other KIJHL play involving Okanagan division teams, Summerland beat visiting Creston Valley 6-3 and host Kelowna knocked off the Fernie Ghostriders 6-2.

The Coyotes are home Saturday evening to host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

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