It was Stuffed Animal Toy Toss night at Saturday evening’s game, giving the Yotes a little extra work to do. (Jen Jensen photo)
Osoyoos Coyotes are doing their best work with just four players on the ice — especially when those four players are skating for the other side.
Peter Michialides scored 24 seconds into a four-on-four overtime and the Yotes added two other goals with the man-advantage to post a 4-3 Sun Bowl win over the Chase Heat Saturday evening.
The win was the third straight for the Coyotes and lifted them to 12-13-2 on the season — a game shy of being back to .500 hockey.
“We knew going into overtime that we would be fine,” said Coyotes head coach Mark Chase. “Our group is built for OT.
“Our approach this week in practice will be on how we start our games. We’ll need that emphasis as we head to Kelowna again.”
The Coyotes certainly looked a bit slow-footed in the first period last night, allowing Chase to build a 2-0 lead on goals by Garrick Ward and Gavin Mattey. The team was outshot 18-16 by the Heat, which sits dead last in the Doug Birks Division with just five wins in 27 starts.
“With a first-20 performance such as that one, we deserved to lose that game,” said Chase. “With that said, moving into the second period and second half of the game, we were able to find some support from our power play.
“Our special teams have made the difference for us recently and this game proved no different in that regard.”
Ryan MacDonald, Brock Marple and Anthony Tulliani scored for the home side in the second, MacDonald and Marple’s goals coming with the man-advantage.
The team was three-for-seven with the man advantage Saturday — increasing its powerplay scoring to nine goals in 22 opportunities over the last three games.
Kasey Jackson would tie the game for the Heat midway through the third, setting up overtime and yet another powerplay goal for the Coyotes — this time with Michailides pulling the trigger.
Daniel Paul got the win for the Coyotes, stopping 40 of 43 shots — and picking up yet another minor penalty defending his crease.
The Coyotes peppered Heat netminder Geoff Drought with 44 shots.
Elsewhere in the KIJHL’s Okanagan division last night, Princeton Posse beat the Eagles 3-0 in Sicamous, Kelowna knocked off the visiting 100 Mile House Wranglers 3-0 and Summerland doubled visiting North Okanagan 6-3.
The Coyotes can even their season Friday evening in Kelowna against an old nemesis, but it won’t be easy. The Chiefs (24-1-1-2) have won all three earlier games this season against the Coyotes — two by just a goal.
Saturday evening, the Yotes are home to the 100 Mile House Wranglers.