It’s now a best-of-three series.
The Summerland Steam edged the Osoyoos Coyotes 5-4 in overtime last night to knot the Okanagan Division’s best-of-seven final at two games apiece.
A pivotal Game Five is scheduled for Saturday evening in Osoyoos.
Jack Mills scored with just 46 seconds remaining in the first overtime frame to give the Steam the win. His goal capped a back-and-forth affair that included three lead changes and four powerplay goals.
Rainer Glimpel opened the scoring for the Coyotes just 3:10 into the first period with the Coyotes’ first powerplay goal. Summerland responded with goals by Calvin Hadley and Braden Elluk to take a brief 2-1 lead. Reid Wilson scored a second Coyote powerplay goal to knot the score at 2-2 before the teams went to the dressing room.
In the second period, Summerland took a 3-2 lead on Riley Pettitt’s goal just 12 seconds after the teams had returned to the ice. Hunter Johnson would even the game five minutes later.
Osoyoos enjoyed its second lead of the game when Cody Allen made it 4-3 with a powerplay marker just under nine minutes into the third. Summerland’s Adam Jones scored with 4:30 remaining to even the score again and send the matter to overtime.
The Coyotes outshot the Steam 34-24.
In other KIJHL action, the Kimberley Dynamiters secured a berth in the Kootenay Conference final with a 4-3 overtime win at Creston Valley. Grand Forks edged Beaver Valley in overtime to stave off elimination in the other Kootenay semi-final.
100 Mile House can wrap up its Division final with a win at home against Chase this evening.