It might have ended a tie, but call it a moral victory.
Osoyoos Coyotes went to Princeton Saturday evening with just 14 skaters and a couple of goalies and came home with a 1-1 tie in their collective pocket.
“It was a gusty, hard-fought effort by the skaters who played tonight and our goaltender (Daniel Paul),” said head coach Mark Chase. “Fatigue set in and prevented us from having anything left for overtime.”
The Coyotes (8-11-2) rebounded from a poor start — they trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes — to tie up the game on Brandon Della Paolera’s goal seven minutes into the second.
There was no further scoring through the final 33 minutes of regulation time and 10 more minutes of overtime.
“It’s hard to win a hockey game when you play 28 minutes plus 10 minutes of overtime with only 13 skaters on your bench — Bryson Rody was ejected 14 minutes into the second — to there 18 skaters,” said Chase. “I applaud our group for their effort but I am displeased with our execution early and digging ourselves a bit of a hole.”
The Yotes were zero-for-five on the powerplay but a perfect zero-for-six on the penalty-kill.
Paul stopped 42 of 43 shots — his busiest start in several games — to earn a game star. The Coyotes managed 37 shots on Posse netminder Jaysen MacLean.
The Yotes expect to be back to renewed health Nov. 21 when they host North Okanagan Knights.
“We return a few guys to our lineup on Wednesday, so we expect a much better showing from our group.”