Battle for first place: Yotes host Okanagan rival Friday

Osoyoos Coyotes tuned up for a first-place showdown this Friday evening with a mid-day romp in Princeton yesterday.

The Yotes (19-7-1-1) host the Summerland Steam (19-8-1-3) at Sun Bowl; top spot in the KIJHL’s Okanagan division is on the line.

The two clubs are currently tied with 39 points, although the Coyotes enjoy a game-in-hand.

“It’ll be a big game. It’s always a good game against them,” said Coyotes head coach Ken Law. “We haven’t played them for a while. They’ve changed a little bit; we’ve changed a little bit.”

Indeed they have.

The Yotes have returned standouts Colin Bell and Cody Allen to the line-up. Since Bell’s return from a summer stint fighting wildfires, the Coyotes have gone 12-3; they have yet to lose with Allen in the line-up, running up six straight wins headed into Friday evening’s game.

So far this season, the Coyotes have done well against the Steam.

In late September, the Coyotes beat the Steam 4-2 in Summerland, then followed that up with a 3-1 win at home in mid-October before taking a third straight victory Oct. 28 in Summerland, this one a 7-2 drubbing.

Saturday, the Yotes host the Posse before breaking for Christmas.

Game time for both matches is 7:35 p.m.

Coyotes 5, Posse 1

In Princeton, Sam Reinbolt and Judd Repole each scored twice as the Coyotes notched a 5-1 win over the Posse in that team’s annual pre-Christmas school classic.

Colin Bell also scored for the Coyotes, who have taken three of five from the Posse at this rare mid-day start that involves busloads of school children from the Princeton area.

Liam Aitken earned the win, stopping 20 of 31 shots. The Coyotes put 33 shots on starter Bobby Milligan and backup Danyon Lorencz.

Repole now has 14 goals and 27 assists and sits tied for sixth in the KIJHL’s scoring race.

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