It was a good news, bad news start to a weekend of hockey for the Osoyoos Coyotes.
The club fell 4-1 in Summerland Friday evening, a six-game winning streak coming to an end against a divisional foe.
The result was vastly improved from the last time the Coyotes ventured into Summerland (Oct. 28) and lost 6-0. In that game, the Coyotes were outshot 41-20 and spent 57 minutes in the penalty box.
Friday evening, the Coyotes (7-11-1) outshot the Steam 29-26, limiting Summerland scoring chances and giving up just two powerplay opportunities to the host team.
The Yotes were short six players for the game, including starting goaltender Daniel Paul, who was sitting out a one-game suspension.
Osoyoos native Brandon Della Paolera got the Coyotes’ lone goal, his score coming late in the game with the Steam up 4-0.
Summerland (12-8-1) led 2-0 after 20 minutes of play and 3-0 after 40.
Rookie Bailey Monteith took the loss.
Elsewhere in the KIJHL’s Okanagan division, the Kelowna Chiefs fell 4-3 in overtime to the Revelstoke Grizzles and North Okanagan Knights knocked off the visiting Sicamous Eagles 5-1.
Princeton had the night off.
The Yotes will look to rebound this evening as they host Sicamous (7-11-2). The Eagles scored a 3-1 win over the Coyotes in Sicamous Oct. 19. Game time at Sun Bowl Arena is 7:35 p.m.