Garska’s OT score lifts Coyotes over Eagles

Daniel Paul covers up a loose puck during play Saturday evening. (Jen Jensen photo)

Two things are becoming routine for Osoyoos Coyote netminder Daniel Paul.

He’s recording a lot of shutouts and he’s getting thumped for expressing his opinion.

Paul added new episodes of both behaviours Saturday evening, turning away 41 shots to lead the Yotes (8-10-1) to a 1-0 overtime win over the visiting Sicamous Eagles (7-11-2) and padding his seasonal penalty minutes total with a little misconduct late in the game.

The 10-minute penalty was delivered with less than a second remaining in regulation when Paul complained about a few skates and sticks in his crease after he had covered up the puck.

Apparently, Paul’s teammates thought enough of the Sicamous action to take matters to the boards, a scrum occurring behind the net as time expired.

Paul now has 40 penalty minutes this season. But he also has four shutouts in his last six starts.

He can thank, in part, Bryson Garksa, who stepped into the slot just 18 seconds into a second overtime period and wristed a shot past Eagle goalie Koltin Dodge.

Brandon Della Paolera and Peter Michailides assisted on Garska’s fifth goal of the season, a powerplay marker for the Yotes.

The late goal ended more than 65 minutes of scoreless hockey played between two clubs missing a whack of players. The Eagles were short seven skaters; the Yotes five.

The win propelled the Coyotes into third place in the Okanagan division, one point up on the Princeton Posse, 5-4 losers at North Okanagan.

Sicamous outshot the Yotes 41-38. Osoyoos was one-for-four on the powerplay.

In other contests involving Okanagan division teams, Summerland fell 8-3 to the Heat in Chase. The Kelowna Chiefs were idle.

The Coyotes next play in Princeton Nov. 17, giving the team a week to recover from injuries and otherwise get some rest.

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