OK, we learned something tonight — the Summerland Steam aren’t going to give up their perch without a fight.
The Steam (20-8-0-1), after watching the Osoyoos Coyotes surge through much of November and December and finally pull even at the top of the Okanagan Division, scored a 2-1 road win Friday to take back sole possession of top spot.
They did it in a tight-checking hockey game usually reserved for February and March when all the marbles are on the line.
Just three goals — all scored on the powerplay.
Bums were barely in seats before Carter Shannon notched his team-leading 18th goal of the season to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
But the Coyotes (19-8-1) would be stymied from there, going the remaining 47 minutes and change without putting another puck past Steam netminder Matthew Huber.
At the other end of the ice, Daniel Paul was just as efficient, stopping 28 of 30 shots.
The two he missed — including a blistering rap from the point by Summerland’s Blake Holowaty midway through the third — were all the Steam needed tonight.
The loss ended the Yotes six-game winning streak.
The Yotes, with a game in hand, can at least salvage a first-place tie with Summerland heading into the Christmas break with a win against Princeton Saturday.
That game goes at 7:35 p.m. at the Sun Bowl. Game sponsor is the Spirit of the Game Society.
Summerland does have one more chance to reclaim top spot as it wraps up its pre-Christmas skate next Tuesday against the Posse in Princeton.
The two clubs do battle again Dec. 29, that game also at the Sun Bowl.