Colin Bell scored twice and set up two other goals as the Osoyoos Coyotes scored an important 6-4 win over the visiting Chase Heat.
The win, coupled with a 5-4 overtime loss by Summerland in Kelowna, gives the Coyotes (26-9-1-1) a five-point lead atop the Okanagan division with nine games remaining.
It also gives the Yotes a regular-season sweep of the Heat, a club expected to be in the thick of the playoff hunt next month and a possible conference contender.
Jackson Barrett, Austin Cleaver, Carter Robinson and Seth Kriese also scored for the Coyotes. Barrett chipped in two assists.
The Coyotes overcame a rough start — trailing 3-1 after 20 minutes of play — and scored three unanswered goals in the second. They would add two more in the third before Chase would score on a late-game powerplay.
The Coyotes put 43 shots on Heat netminder Jared Breitkreuz. Daniel Paul took the win, stopping 13 of 14 shots after replacing Liam Aitken near the end of the first period.
The win was a vast improvement over the Coyotes’ performance in Armstrong the previous evening, when they fell 4-1 to the North Okanagan Knights.
The Coyotes next play Wednesday evening when they travel to Princeton and a match against the Posse. Friday, the club is in Summerland.
The Yotes are home Saturday evening to host the Sicamous Eagles.