It’s looking to be an early-season education for a pack of young Coyotes — with some extra time needed reviewing the powerplay.
The Yotes — who boast 17 rookies — dropped two KIJHL contests over the weekend, falling 2-1 at home Friday evening before making the long journey to 100 Mile House for a 6-1 lesson at the hands of the Wranglers.
The Coyotes went zero-for-19 on the powerplay through the two games.
The Yotes are now 1-2 and sit tied with North Okanagan for third place in the Okanagan division.
Their next game is at home Saturday evening, when they host the Revelstoke Grizzlies (1-0), the club that knocked them out of the KIJHL playoffs last season in a tough seven-game Okanagan-Shuswap championship series.
Kelowna Chiefs 2, Coyotes 1
Former Coyotes coach Ken Law made a triumphant return to Osoyoos at the helm of the Chiefs (4-0), his squad earning a 2-1 win.
Daniel Paul kept the Coyotes in this contest, stopping 47 of 48 shots and earning the game’s first star.
Devin Sutton got Kelowna on the scoreboard with just under four minutes left in the first period, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.
Carter Shannon — one of only eight Coyotes with KIJHL experience — tied the contest midway through the second.
Juanre Norde would score on the powerplay what would prove to be the game winner five minutes later.
There was no scoring in the third.
The Coyotes were zero-for-five on the powerplay; the Chiefs one-for-seven.
The Yotes managed 31 shots on Kelowna netminder Braeden Mitchell.
100 Mile House Wranglers 6, Coyotes 1
Rookie netminder Bailey Monteith made his KIJHL debut for the Coyotes against the undefeated Wranglers (2-0) in 100 Mile House, allowing six goals on 28 shots.
Upfront his teammates again struggled on the powerplay — going zero for 14 — in a chippy affair that saw a combined 104 minutes in penalties and four game misconducts.
The Wranglers scored three times in the first and twice in the second before the Coyotes’ Tyler Badger finally got Osoyoos on the scoreboard late in the middle frame.
100 Mile House would score once more late in the third.
The Coyotes were outshot 34-31.