A Conference regular season title in hand, Osoyoos Coyotes head coach Ken Law was worried his team might become a target as the KIJHL regular season winds down.
After all, everyone likes to knock off the top dogs.
If the Coyotes were a target in Grand Forks Sunday afternoon, however, they were an elusive one. The Yotes ripped the Border Bruins 10-1 to run their current winning streak to nine games.
Bobby LaRue and Reid Wilson each scored twice for the Coyotes. Braeden Tuck, Judd Repole, Drew Carter, Colten Rhodes, Daniel Stone and Rainer Glimpel also scored for Osoyoos.
The lone Grand Forks goal was scored by Chad Gampo late in the second period with Osoyoos up 7-0.
Osoyoos peppered Bruins goalkeepers Anthony Galliart and Nikki Maciurzynski with 47 shots.
The Coyotes suffocating defensive style took its toll on the Bruins, who managed just 19 shots on netkeeper Stephen Heslop. It also made for some rough play: the teams combined for 58 penalty minutes.
With three games remaining, the Coyotes are four points back of the Kimberley Dynamiters for the league’s regular season title.
The Coyotes have two games at home — hosting Princeton on Wednesday and Kamloops on Friday — before finishing the regular season on the road in Kelowna on Sunday.
Osoyoos will open the playoffs at home against the North Okanagan Knights on February 23.