It was a night of firsts for this season’s Osoyoos Coyotes — a first win on the road, a first shutout and a first two-game winning streak.
Daniel Paul stopped all 33 shots he faced and Brock Marple scored on a suddenly-rejuvenated powerplay as the Coyotes (3-10-1) beat the Spokane Braves 2-0 this evening.
Rookie Cole Rezka had a first of his own. The hometown winger scored his first KIJHL goal late in the third period to give the Yotes a little breathing room.
“We met our goals tonight,” said Coyotes head coach Mark Chase. “Thirty-plus shots on goal, creating scoring chances off the rush and limiting ourselves shorthanded to three times or less.”
The Coyotes peppered Braves netminder Campbell Arnold with 33 shots of their own.
After Marple scored with 32 seconds remaining in the first, Osoyoos led 1-0 after 20 minutes of play and maintained that lead through the second.
Rezka’s goal came with just over six minutes remaining.
The Coyotes will have little time to celebrate their win. After a four-hour bus ride that will get them home in the wee hours of the morning, the club will suit up for a ride to Princeton and a match with the Posse Saturday evening.
The Posse (8-6) beat the Heat 3-2 in Chase this evening.
Elsewhere tonight, the Kelowna Chiefs (15-0-0-1) continued their dominance, knocking off the Leafs 6-2 in Nelson and the North Okanagan Knights scored a 5-4 overtime win over the Summerland Steam in Armstrong.