Osoyoos Coyotes tonight open a home-and-home series with the Kelowna Chiefs, looking to break a logjam at the top of the KIJHL’s Okanagan Division.
The Yotes travel to Rutland Arena this evening for a 7 p.m. start. The two teams will meet at the Sun Bowl Arena tomorrow at 7:35 p.m.
“At Kelowna tonight; at home tomorrow night,” said Coyotes head coach Ken Law. “It’ll be a good showing. We lost up there 3-2 in a game that we kind of dominated. We weren’t able to score; their goaltending is pretty good.”
The Coyotes and Chiefs both trail the Summerland Steam in the hotly-contested Okanagan Division, although Osoyoos has three games in hand on the Steam and a game in hand on the Chiefs.
Already a quarter of the way through the regular season, Law said his club has some adjustments to make.
“We’re trying to get more pucks to the middle of the ice instead of working on the outside all of the time,” he explained.
“We need to get into the nice scoring position in the middle of the ice instead of trying to score from where it’s easier for the goaltender to cover.”
The quality of Coyote shots appears to be reflected in shots on goal: Osoyoos is out-shooting its opponents by an average of 15 shots a game (41-26).
Heading into tonight’s game, the Coyotes have three players with at least 20 points: Judd Repole with 25 — an average of more than two points per game — Daniel Stone with 23 and Colin Bell with 20.
Brody Dale leads the Chiefs with 11 goals and 23 points.
Both the Coyotes and Chiefs will pick up a game on the Steam this weekend: Summerland hosts the North Okanagan Knights tonight, but is idle tomorrow.