Daniel Paul stopped all 28 shots he faced — earning his second shutout in three games — and the Osoyoos Coyotes dropped the visiting Princeton Posse 4-0 Tuesday to win their fourth straight game.
The Coyotes (5-10-1) got all the scoring they needed in Brock Marple’s power play goal midway through the first period.
They would add some insurance with another powerplay goal early in the second — a Ryan MacDonald blast from the left point — and a short-handed goal by Tyler Badger 11 minutes later.
Badger would get a second goal late in the third with Princeton netminder Jaysen Maclean on the bench for an extra attacker. He was the beneficiary of some unselfish play on the part of Daelen Der, who gave up a contested look at the goal with a quick pass to the open winger.
Paul, the veteran Coyote goaltender, says sacrifice and discipline on the part of his younger teammates is a big part of his success over the last three games, where he has allowed just two goals and recorded a .976 save percentage.
“We’re learning to sacrifice and block shots and when we sacrifice it helps us win,” he said after Tuesday’s game.
“When we stay disciplined we do a lot better; being on the “kill” all game it’s really hard to win a game. You might as well start a game four-on-five.”
Sacrifice and discipline are at the core of what head coach Mark Chase is trying to sell to his young team. He talks about four pillars his squad is learning to embrace: inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and playing for teammates.
“Those are the things we talk about every single day,” he said. “I think they’re really starting to buy into what those words actually mean.”
On the ice, that philosophy has translated into what Chase calls “one of the best forechecks in the league” and improved play in the defensive zone as well.
“It looks like a next-level forecheck,” he said. “We create so many turnovers for ourselves and we create scoring chances from that. That’s our bread and butter.”
Tuesday night, the Coyotes peppered Maclean with 41 shots, many of them coming from a forecheck that kept the Posse (8-8-0) bottled up for long stretches in their own end.
The Yotes were whistled for just three minor infractions Tuesday evening. They were two-for-seven on the powerplay.
“Over the last five games we’ve developed a routine that’s working,” said Chase.
The Yotes will try to maintain that routine Friday evening when they travel to Armstrong and a date with the North Okanagan Knights (3-11-0-1).
Saturday, they return to the friendly confines of the Sun Bowl for a meeting with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (5-9-0-2).