Rainer Glimpel and Bobby LaRue each scored twice as the Osoyoos Coyotes scored a 5-1 win over the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks last night.
The win was the eighth straight for the Coyotes. More importantly, it cliched the Okanagan Shuswap Conference for Osoyoos and secured home ice advantage through at least the conference championship.
“Our whole thing is about defense,” said Coyotes head coach Ken Law. “We did a pretty good job of shutting them down.”
Brent Soles stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Yotes continued their on-ice defensive mastery. Osoyoos has allowed just two goals in the last four games and six goals over eight. Over that stretch, the team has recorded three shutouts.
Jackson Glimpel opened the scoring for Osoyoos just three minutes into he game, before Rainer Glimpel and LaRue increased the Coyote lead to 3-0 before the first period was finished.
The teams traded scond-period markers. Beaver Valley’s McKoy Hauck cut the lead to 3-1 on a 5-on3 powerplay goal at 7:10 of the second before Glimpel scored his second goal with 1:25 left..
LaRue wrapped up the Coyote scoring 13 minutes into the third.
The Coyotes will go for their ninth win in a row when they travel to Grand Forks Sunday afternoon.
“They’re a much-improved team and they’re gonna want to knock us off our eight-game winning streak,” said Law.
“We’re gonna have to go in there and play solid defense. We’ve got guys who can put the puck in the next; we’ve just got to make sure we look after our own end.”
The Yotes have one big game remaining during the regular season, a Sun Bowl mach-up with the Doug Birks-division leading Kamloops Storm next Satuday evening. Law, though, says the Coyotes can’t afford to take any game lightly.
“You just don’t want to take your foot off the gas,” he said. “We’ll try to slip some guys in and give them some more playing time, and try to rest some guys who need some rest, but we’ll want to keep this thing going.”