A three-game winning streak, four points in the bag over the weekend and tonight the Osoyoos Coyotes go trick-or-treating for more.
The Yotes (4-10-1) are home to the Princeton Posse (8-7-0) this evening, wrapping up a home-and-home that follows a 6-2 Coyotes triumph in Princeton Saturday.
“Princeton is going to come in here and they’re going to be looking for revenge, so to speak. They’re going to want it really, really bad,” expects Coyotes head coach Mark Chase. “They’re not going to take that kind of loss on home ice very lightly.”
But, he adds, neither are his Coyotes. His troops have learned sticking to a game plan brings success — and success is fun.
“I don’t think we’re going to do anything different. It’s just honestly going to be about how willing we are to come out the same way we did in Princeton and Spokane and not be relaxed. We’ve got to have that same sense of urgency.
“In Princeton, they just came out with that confidence. We were all over them in every area,” he said. “It’s starting to come together, which they are now becoming excited about.”
Local Coyote Cole Rezka said the mood in the dressing room is one of confidence.
“We’re not worried about a let-down,” he said. “The team has come together a lot since the start of the season and I think we’re going to keep rolling. There’s a lot of confidence.”
The 18-year-old defenceman got his first KIJHL goal in Spokane Friday — a pinball effort that initially resulted in the marker being attributed to winger Daelen Der — and followed up that with a second goal in Princeton.
“Hopefully (today) I’ll get one, too,” he said.
The Coyotes — with the help of the Owl Pub — will be celebrating Halloween a day early this evening. Fans are asked to come dressed in costume, with prizes awarded to the “best-dressed” fans.
Game time at the Sun Bowl this evening is 7:35.
Yotes Notes: Yet another rookie will be on the ice this evening with the Coyotes bringing in winger Blaine Grunerud from Kamloops for tonight’s contest. Sitting out will be forward Milo Labonte and defenceman Steve Sauer, both with upper-body injuries. Sauer joined the Coyotes from Princeton and was hoping to play against his former team; however, he was sidelined in the Sicamous game.