For almost 55 minutes Tuesday evening, Daniel Paul took everything the Kelowna Chiefs could throw at him.
His Osoyoos Coyotes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chiefs (22-0-1-2) in KIJHL regular-season play — but it took a late Brody Dale goal to earn the home side the win.
Up until then — except for a Zack Erhardt wrister from the slot that eluded him late in the first — Paul stoned the Chiefs, stopping 52 of 54 shots.
The Yotes (9-12-2) managed just 14 shots but brought home a measure of success, their last trip to Rutland Arena resulting in a 9-0 loss October 16 when Paul faced 63 shots.
The Chiefs are 13-0 at home and undefeated through 25 games in regulation play.
One of Tuesday’s 14 shots came from the stick of Tyler Badger, who grabbed a Peter Michailides rebound and fired it past Chiefs netminder Shane Zilka four minutes into the game.
The Coyotes’ 1-0 lead would hold up into the dying seconds of the opening period and Erhardt’s goal.
The two team’s skated through a scoreless second period and almost 15 minutes of the third before Dale — the league’s leading scorer with 26 goals and 68 points — beat Paul through a mess of traffic.
The goal was Dale’s 200th KIJHL career point.
Paul was pulled for an extra skater with just over one minute remaining in the game, but the Coyotes couldn’t manage the equalizer.
The Yotes were one-for-four on the powerplay, the Chiefs zero-for-five.
The Yotes are on the road again Friday evening, travelling to 100 Mile House (10-10-1-2) and a 7 p.m. start against the Wranglers.
The club is home Saturday evening to host the Golden Rockets (12-10-1-2). Game time at the Sun Bowl is 7:35 p.m. The game sponsor is Nk’Mip Cellars Winery.