Opportunity beckons as Coyotes enter stretch run

The New Year brings a smorgasbord of opportunity for the Osoyoos Coyotes — the appetizer of a 16-game run to the playoffs served up this evening at Sun Bowl Arena.

And head coach Ken Law — ever the master strategist — wants to add even more to that opportunity.

The Coyotes — tops in the Okanagan Division with a 22-8-1 record — host the Princeton Posse, a team the Yotes will play three times over the next 45 days.

Law and his coaches are busy scouring the league for a little added punch this week, with the league’s trade deadline nearing.

“Right now with the trade deadline coming up on the 10th we still got a couple of cards we can use and we’re down a couple of players,” he said. “So we’ll be looking to secure another (defenceman) and maybe a forward.”

The club is already quite solid with the mid-season return of both Colin Bell and Cody Allen and a rapidly maturing cast of characters led by captain and leading scorer Judd Repole.

The Coyotes have taken a different route to the top this season, finding their collective feet through much of September and October before finally snatching top spot in their division in late-December.

Going forward, there are numerous story lines for the Coyotes as they begin January play:

  • The club has nine home games remaining — two each against North Okanagan, Kelowna and Princeton and one each against Summerland, Chase and Sicamous.
  • The Coyotes are on the road for seven contests, playing twice more in both North Okanagan and Summerland and also visiting Princeton and Revelstoke.
  • Five of the Coyotes’ remaining games are against teams in last-place in their respective divisions. On paper, that should mean an easy 10 points for the Coyotes.
  • The Coyotes, however, will have their hands full with a January match against Chase and a mid-February game against the Doug Birks division-leading Grizzlies in Revelstoke. Expect those two games to be potential Okanagan/Shuswap Conference previews.

Summerland, currently three points behind the Coyotes in the Okanagan division, has a decidedly more difficult schedule over its remaining 16 games. It plays 10 of those contests  — Kelowna (3), 100 Mile House (2), North Okanagan (2), Princeton, Osoyoos and Revelstoke — on the road; the Steam are home for six games — Osoyoos (2), Princeton (2), Chase and Kelowna.

Only two of the Steam’s final 16 games are against clubs with losing records — those two being road games in Armstrong against the Knights.

For the Coyotes, game time tonight at the Sun Bowl is 7:35 p.m. Princeton is back in the South Okanagan January 12 a Sun Bowl rematch.

The Coyotes are on a modest three-game winning streak, having knocked off Summerland 3-2 and North Okanagan 3-0 to end 2017.

Coyote Notes: Winger Brandon Onstein, who has four goals and nine points in 29 games, is the lone Coyote representative on the Okanagan-Shuswap squad at the KIJHL’s Top Prospects game in Kelowna Jan. 13.

Repole, who had four goals and eight assists in seven games4G, 8A, 2PPG, in 7 games, and goaltender Liam Aitken (six wins, a 1.99 GAA and .923 SV%) were honorable mentions in league balloting for Player of the Month honours.


  1. Jan 12 game against the Princeton is not in Oliver, the Sunday Jan 14th game against Summerland is in Oliver, always a Sunday game in Oliver.

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