Road-weary Osoyoos Coyotes are home this evening to host the Golden Rockets after a tough slog to 100 Mile House Friday evening.
Two third-period goals did in the Coyotes (9-13-2), who fell 3-1 to the Wranglers (11-10-1-2). The loss was the second in as many road games for the Yotes, who also dropped a 2-1 decision to Kelowna Chiefs last Tuesday evening.
The club also slipped to fourth-place in the Okanagan-division standings, leap-frogged by Princeton Posse, which scored a 4-1 home win over the Rockets.
“We were a stride behind all game,” said head coach Mark Chase. “We were too casual and sat back in areas where we don’t normally, such as our forecheck.”
The Coyotes, following an early-morning community effort at Smitty’s Restaurant and a five-hour ride north, took a 1-0 lead on Tyler Badger’s powerplay goal just under five minutes into the second period.
The Wranglers would tie the game seven minutes later, Kolby Page also scoring on the powerplay.
100 Mile House took charge of the contest in the third, Jayce Schweizer scoring yet another powerplay goal a little under two minutes into the period and Julien Dewey sealing the deal midway through the frame.
Once again, Coyote goaltender Daniel Paul was a game star for the Coyotes, stopping 38 of the 41 shots he faced.
The Yotes managed just 17 shots — including three in the third period — at the other end of the rink.
The Coyotes were one-for-seven on the powerplay, the Wranglers two-for-six.
The Coyotes will look to reverse their fortunes this evening when they entertain the Rockets, who currently sit third in the Kootenay’s Eddie Mountain division with a 12-11-1-2 record.
“It’s our hope that regardless of a 4 a.m. arrival home this morning that we will take the next step and build off the Kelowna game,” said Chase. “This game is behind us and doesn’t need to be revisited.”
Game time this evening at Sun Bowl Arena is 7:35 p.m. The game sponsor is Nk’Mip Cellars Winery.
Elsewhere tonight Summerland is at Kelowna and North Okanagan visits Princeton.