Yotes a win away from berth in KIJHL championship

A championship on the line. At home. The weekend.

Expect it to be standing room only at the Sun Bowl this evening as the Osoyoos Coyotes host the Revelstoke Grizzlies.

The Yotes scored a 2-0 win Friday evening to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Okanagan/Shuswap Conference championship.

A win this evening would propel them to the KIJHL championship against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

A loss and they’ll be heading back to Revelstoke for Game Seven Sunday evening.

Daniel Paul stopped all 36 shots he faced — including 28 over the final 40 minutes after the Coyotes had built a 2-0 lead — to backstop the Yotes Friday evening.

Paul has allowed just one goal over the last 120 minutes of play and has a 2.41 GAA through 15 playoff games this season. Friday evening’s shutout was a KIJHL playoff first for Paul.

The Coyotes gave their netminder all the offense he’d need in the first 19 minutes of the game, Sam Reinbolt scoring on the powerplay at 4:37 and Jackson Barrett adding a little insurance with 1:19 remaining.

From there, Paul slammed the door on the Grizzlies, who outshot the Coyotes 36-24, limiting the visitors to just 10 shots over the last two periods.

In Nelson, Cooper Page scored at 8:21 of the second overtime to lift the Dynamiters to a 2-1 Game Six win and the Kootenay Conference championship.

Game time this evening is 7:35 p.m. Tickets go on sale at the Sun Bowl box office beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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