Coach Ken Law’s 40-25 rule held for the Osoyoos Coyotes last night.
The Yotes drew first blood in their Okanagan-division semi-final round against the North Okanagan Knights with a 5-2 victory at Sun Bowl Arena.
Bobby LaRue scored two goals and set up a third to lead the Coyotes, who play host to the Knights in Game Two this evening. Game time is 7:35.
Colton Rhodes, Carter Shannon and Hunter Johnson also scored for Osoyoos. Brady Marzocco and Partrick Nicholson replied for North Okanagan.
The game looked like anything but a cakewalk for the vaunted Coyotes over the first 25 minutes. Despite out-shooting the Knights 27-12, the Coyotes were locked in a 2-2 tie until Shannon scored what would prove to be the game-winner four minutes into the second.
Law’s wisdom predicates a team win on its ability to put at least 40 shots on the opposing goaltender while limiting to 25 shots on its own net. The Coyotes managed 41 shots on Knight netminder Daniel Paul; Brian Soles faced 19 shots.
Elsewhere in KIJHL divisional semi-final play, visiting Kelowna edged Summerland 3-2 in overtime and Kamloops came back from a 3-2 deficit to edge Chase 4-3 in overtime.
In the Kootenay conference, it was Kimberley 6, Fernie 0; Beaver Valley 7, Nelson 5; Castlegar 3, Grand Forks 1; and Creston 7, Columbia Valley 2.