Here’s hoping the old adage about cornered animals being dangerous is true.
The Osoyoos Coyotes are certainly in a corner following a 4-3 loss to the Summerland Steam at Sun Bowl Arena last night.
The Yotes now trail — yes, you read that right — trail the Steam 3-2 in the Okanagan division’s best-of-seven final. The Yotes must win tonight in Summerland or the season is over.
They’ll also have to win tomorrow night in Osoyoos, a place where the Steam have proven to be quite comfortable over the last week or so.
They were particularly comfortable through the first 20 minutes last night. Jack Mills scored the only goal of the opening frame as Summerland out shot Osoyoos 14-7. The Steam were chugging, for the most part appearing to be a step ahead of the Coyotes.
The Coyotes came to life early in the second, registering two quick goals — the first by Daniel Stone and the second by Rainer Glimpel just 28 seconds apart.
But just as quickly the Steam were back on track. Brogan Lautard knotted the score six minutes later and Paulsen Lautard scored an unassisted goal four-minutes after that.
Glimpel tied it for the Yotes again less than a minute later on the powerplay.
The Steam’s winning goal came with Coyote Levi Morin in the box for tripping with just under three minutes remaining in the period.
There was no scoring in the third, although the Coyotes did manage 18 shots on Summerland netminder Matthew Huber.
The Coyotes managed 40 shots against Summerland; the Steam responded with 36 against Brett Soles.
Game Six in the series will go at Summerland Arena. Game time is 6:30 p.m.