Monteith gets first win as Coyotes topple Knights

Coyote netminder Bailey Monteith keeps a sharp eye on the puck as Rhys Lepine (17) looks to clear it.

Bailey Monteith had one of those nights to remember. The rookie Osoyoos Coyotes goaltender notched his first KIJHL win Wednesday evening as the Yotes doubled up the visiting North Okanagan Knights 6-3.

And he added a little help at the other end of the ice, as well.

The Coyotes, 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, didn’t make it easy on the 16-year-old Kamloops native. Monteith faced 39 shots — including 19 in the first period — many of them coming in flurries as the Coyotes were bottled up in their own end for seemingly endless stretches.

“It’s a lot nicer when the guys are scoring in front of you,” said Monteith of the win, his first in six starts. “We had a bit of a a rough start to the season, but everyone’s playing well and we’re growing together.”

Despite the first-period barrage, the Coyotes managed to escape with a 2-1 lead on goals by Bryson Garska and Daelen Der — the latter coming with an assist for Monteith, who got the scoring play rolling with a pass to Ryan MacDonald.

Elijah Havers made it 3-1 90 seconds into the second period and Der added his second of the night at 4:04 to give the Yotes a 4-1 two-period lead.

Brock Marple and Peter Michailides would add markers in the third.

Jett Saharchuk, Alec McLeod and Tyler Olsen replied for the Knights.

“Defensively, we were good and we were bad,” said head coach Mark Chase of the game. “But not once did we think we were in danger of losing this game, although there were some scary moments.”

“Our intensity and our overall effort propelled us forward.”

The Coyotes managed 39 shots and finished two-for-three on the powerplay.

The win lifted the Yotes into sole possession of third place in the Okanagan division, two points up on the Princeton Posse.

Chase is giving the young team some time off as they enjoy a “bye” weekend. The club’s next game is Nov. 27 in Kelowna.

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