Kelowna 1 @ Coyotes 4
It was a busy night for Colin Bell.
The Coyote centerman and team leader potted two goals, added an assist and defended the home turf with a bit of the fisticuffs midway through the third period as the Coyotes scored a 4-1 win over the visiting Kelowna Chiefs Sunday evening.
The win moved the Yotes into a tie with Summerland for top spot in the KIJHL’s Okanagan Division. Osoyoos has two games in hand on the Steam.
“Our leaders were leaders again and our support guys chipped in big time,” said head coach Ken Law of the team’s effort.
It was the second win in as many nights for the Coyotes against the Chiefs. Saturday evening, Osoyoos scored a 7-5 decision in a rough-and-tumble affair at Rutland Arena.
“Tonight’s game we just focused on playing hockey, where as last night (the Chiefs) wanted to focus on other things,” said Law of the match. “If they’d just focus on hockey, they’re not a bad team.”
Bell’s unassisted effort at 11:26 was the only goal of the first period as play settled into a tight checking affair. Daniel Stone made it 2-0 1:57 into the second frame on the Coyote powerplay, but for the most part the Chiefs kept matters close, holding the Coyotes to just two goals in the first 40 minutes.
In the third, however, there was a steady procession of Chief players to the penalty box — Kelowna was whistled for 61 minutes of penalty time — and the Yotes took advantage of the Chiefs’ apparent distraction.
Bell scored his second goal less than two minutes into the final period and Austin Cleaver made it 4-0 23 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season.
The Chiefs broke Adam Jones shutout bid with just over five minutes remaining on Sam Maxwell’s goal.
Jones faced 30 shots, turning away 29 to record the victory; Kelowna’s Tanner Marshall had to deal with 60 Coyote shots.
The Coyotes play in Armstrong against the North Okanagan Knights Friday evening. The Yotes host Summerland Saturday.