Short-sided Coyotes fall to Chiefs in Kelowna

Brendan Laing scored with less than a minute remaining in overtime as the Kelowna Chiefs earned a 5-4 win over the visiting Osoyoos Coyotes Friday evening.

Laing’s goal, with 51 seconds remaining in the overtime period, capped a two-goal comeback for the Chiefs, who at one point in the second period trailed 4-2.

Conner Onstein, Seth Kriese, Carter Shannon and Austin Cleaver scored for the Coyotes (23-8-1-1), who started the game with just 16 skaters — and finished with 15 after Shannon was tossed for checking from behind midway through the second period.

The Coyotes were without leading scorer Judd Repole (injury) and Cameron Welch and goaltender Daniel Paul, both of whom were reportedly dismissed by the team for “breach of contract.”

Osoyoos led 3-2 after 20 minutes of play and 4-3 after 40.

Kelowna outshot the Coyotes 40-31.

The Chiefs scored the final three goals of the game, tying the contest on Brett Witala’s marker four minutes into the final frame.

The single point awarded for the overtime loss leaves the Coyotes with a four-point Okanagan-division lead over Summerland. The Steam play in 100 Mile House tonight.

Osoyoos next plays January 12, hosting the Princeton Posse at the Sun Bowl.

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