One more and the Osoyoos Coyotes are off to the post-season as the team to beat in the KIJHL’s Okanagan-Shuswap Conference.
The Yotes thumped the Kamloops Storm 7-2 last night, scoring five powerplay goals to set up a big game in Kelowna this evening against the Chiefs.
Win and the Coyotes will finish with 41 wins, the same as the league-leading Kimberley Dynamiters, champions of the Kootenay Conference.
Barring a meltdown this evening in Kelowna, the Yotes will also set a league record for fewest goals allowed over a 52-game regular season.
That record sits at 103 goals, served up by the Fernie Ghostriders in 2009/10 over a 50-game season.
Braeden Tuck and Ryan Morrell each scored twice last night for the Coyotes, who have now won 11 straight. Judd Repole, Levi Morin and Daniel Stone also added markers.
It was a big night for the Coyote snipers. Rainer Glimpel finished with four assists and Tuck, Stone and Carter Robinson all had three points each.
Glimpel will handily win the league’s scoring title. He’s up eight points on Columbia Valley’s Michael Cardinal.
The Coyotes peppered Storm goaltender Tavin Grant with 57 shots. Brett Soles was called upon to stop 24 shots.
Kamloops was regularly in the penalty box, taking 14 penalties for 55 minutes of sitting time and a game misconduct. The Coyotes took seven penalties, including two for misconduct.
Almost 500 fans turned out to watch the Coyotes’ final regular season home game. The team opens the best-of-seven first round of the playoffs against the North Okanagan Knights Tuesday evening.
The Coyotes held their annual Awards Banquet Friday evening to celebrate personal achievement: Here are the award winners:
- AG Foods (Regular Season) Most Valuable Player — Rainer Glimpel
- (Regular Season) Top Scorer — Rainer Glimpel
- Knightrous Contracting Top Defenceman — Daniel Stone
- Osoyoos Credit Union Rookie of the Year — Braeden Tuck
- Shoppers Drug Mart Most Inspirational Player — Judd Repole
- White Kennedy CA Most Sportsmanlike Player — Reid Wilson
- CIBC Unsung Hero — Colin Bell
- Rotary Club of Osoyoos Team Leadership/Community Involvement — Jackson Glimpel
- Rotary Club of Osoyoos Scholastic Achievement — Carter Shannon
- Osoyoos & Oliver Buy-Low Foods — Three Stars Champion — Bobby LaRue
- McLean Construction Fan’s Choice — Brett Soles
- Penticton Toyota Volunteer of the Year — Justin Price
- Corporate Partner of the Year — Good Karma Kitchen (Lee-Ann & Roy Armstrong)
- Fans of the Year — Glen, Susie & Samantha Peter