For 57 minutes last night, things were looking pretty good in 100 Mile House for the Osoyoos Coyotes.
The Yotes (26-6-0-0-1) were up 5-2 on the host Wranglers (17-9-3-0-5) and rookie netminder Liam Aitken was delivering another solid performance between the pipes.
Then the Wranglers scored three goals in the space of just over two minutes — the last goal coming with 42 seconds remaining —and suddenly the game was headed for overtime.
Coming off the embarrassment of a 6-3 loss in Chase the night before, letting another game slip away was something the Yotes didn’t want to do.
And so, it was a huge relief — and a big celebration — when Austin Steger, with a little help from Judd Repole and Bryson Cecconi, potted his 11th goal of the season with 1:35 remaining to salvage a 6-5 overtime win for the Coyotes.
It was a big night for the Austins.
The Coyotes other Austin — Cleaver — scored two goals to pace Osoyoos, who trailed 1-0 after the first period but rallied for a 3-2 lead at the end of 40 minutes.
Colin Bell, Connor Onstein and Daniel Bell also scored for Osoyoos.
The Coyotes managed 39 shots — including three in overtime — on Wrangler netminder Clay Stevenson. Aitken turned away 23 of 28 shots, including two in overtime.
It was a big audience at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre, with a reported 522 attending.
Chase 6, Osoyoos 3
The Coyotes opened their two-game weekend road trip with a loss in Chase (22-8-1-0-2) Friday evening.
Steger, Cleaver and Ryan Roseboom scored for Osoyoos, which trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes and 4-1 after 40.
Adam Jones started between the pipes for the Coyotes but gave way to Aitken just over six minutes into the second after the fourth Heat goal.
The Coyotes, who now lead second-place Summerland by seven points, are in Princeton Wednesday evening. They return to the Sun Bowl Friday to host the Steam.
Game time for that match is 7:35 p.m.