In the end, there were more players in the dressing room than on the ice.
Nine Coyotes and five Grizzlies were sent packing in the final minute of Revelstoke’s 4-2 win this evening in Game Three of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference championship.
It was a wild finish to a feisty affair.
The 14 — Coyotes Colin Bell, Austin Cleaver, Jack McNamara, Cody Allen, Seth Kriese, Brock Marple, Bryson Garksa, Brandon Onstein and Caleb Comishin and Grizzlies Clark Nelson, Nil Not Tetteh, Jordan Robertson, Jacob Bourchier and Ryan Pereverzoff — were each escorted out with 10-minute misconducts as tempers flared and pushing and shoving became the norm after several stoppages of play.
The KIJHL will have a few hours to sort out what, if any, additional measures will be taken before Game Four Wednesday evening.
The late-game brouhaha built through a hard-checking contest that saw the Coyotes once again struggle in the first period before taking charge in the last two frames.
Austin Cleaver opened the scoring for the Yotes — the first time in the short series where the Coyotes have scored first — at 10:46 of the opening period.
That lead was short lived as Revelstoke replied with two quick goals less than two minutes later.
It was a one-two punch that seemed to rock the Coyotes. They played the remainder of the period on their heels, with much of the action in front of netminder Daniel Paul.
Revelstoke outshot the Coyotes 14-8 and had the Grizzly’s share of the scoring chances.
It was a different story in the second period.
The Coyotes took the play to the Grizz, bottling them up in their own zone and peppering Giovanni Sambrielaz with 15 shots of their own. That play finally paid off when Paul — yes netminder Paul — sent Jack McNamara in alone at 10:09.
The Coyotes would maintain that pressure through the remainder of the period, limiting Revelstoke to just nine shots. But a late double-minor called against Connor Onstein would prove fatal as Revelstoke scored in the final minute of the second to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
Despite controlling play for much of the third — the Coyotes outshooting the Grizz 11-6 — Osoyoos couldn’t get the equalizer.
A late empty-netter settled the contest with 41 seconds remaining and the rough stuff got rolling.
The win gives the Grizz a 2-1 series lead and returns home-ice advantage to Revelstoke.
The Coyotes finished with 34 shots on Sambrielaz; Paul turned away 26 of 29 shots.
The Yotes will be looking to salvage a split at home tomorrow evening and send the series to a best-of-three.
Game time at Sun Bowl Arena is 7:35 p.m.