Carter Shannon scored twice, including potting the game winner less than a minute into the second frame, as the Osoyoos Coyotes knocked off the North Okanagan Knights 4-1 Saturday night in Armstrong.
The win gives the Coyotes a sweep of the Okanagan division semi-final series and a bit of a breather as they wait for a divisional-final opponent.
The other Okanagan semi-final between the Kelowna Chiefs and Summerland Steam is knotted at 2-2 and won’t be decided until at least Tuesday.
“They’re a team that just didn’t want to go away, that’s for sure,” said Osoyoos head coach Ken Law of the Knights. “Their goaltender played very well for them, kept them around.
“Normally those were goals we would get, but he was kicking them out left and right.”
It was indeed the inspired play of Knights netminder Daniel Paul that buoyed the North Okanagan team through the series. Through four games, Paul faced 194 shots, allowing just 17 goals.
Law said Paul’s stellar play didn’t frustrate his squad. Rather, it motivated them.
“They took it as a challenge and just wanted to keep going.”
Rainer Glimpel and Hunter Johnson also scored for the Yotes, who held a 4-0 game lead late into the third until Austin Fornier scored an unassisted goal with just over two minutes remaining.
Osoyoos managed 46 shots on Paul; Stephen Heslop faced 20 for the Coyotes.
The Yotes have now won 16 games in a row. Law expects the team will next play Friday evening and gave the squad a couple of days to rest.
“We took (Sunday and today) off and get back at it on Tuesday,” he said.