Jackson Barrett had the biggest night of his young KIJHL career Friday evening and the Osoyoos Coyotes romped to an easy win over the visiting Princeton Posse.
The 19-year-old rookie from Indianapolis scored once — the game-winner —and added five assists as the Coyotes (24-8-1-1) beat the Posse (14-17-2-4) 8-2 at the Sun Bowl.
Jackson almost doubled his point output for the season with last night’s effort.
The win lifts the Coyotes into sole possession of first place in the tight Okanagan division, two points ahead of idle Summerland.
The Yotes and Steam meet Sunday afternoon in Oliver.
The Coyotes, playing without stalwarts Judd Repole, Carter Shannon and Cody Allen, had others step up in a big way as well last night.
Austin Cleaver scored three times and Colin Bell twice — while adding three assists — to lead the Coyotes. Hunter Johnson added a goal and two assists and Carter Robinson chipped in with four assists.
Sam Reinbolt also scored for the Coyotes.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the ice, Liam Aitken stopped 36 of 38 shots to record his 13th win of the season.
The Coyotes took advantage of a frustrated Posse team — Princeton is winless in 2018 — to score on six of 10 powerplay opportunities.
The Yotes led 3-0 after 20 minutes of play and 6-1 after two periods.
The Coyotes are on the road for their next home game, playing at 1:35 p.m. at Oliver Arena Sunday. The visiting Steam (23-9-1-1) come into the game with a three-game winning streak, their last loss Dec. 29 to the Coyotes.