Coyotes beat Revelstoke 4-3 in second overtime period of cliffhanger

By on March 17, 2018

Judd Repole scores against Revelstoke goalie Giovanni Sambrielaz in a November regular-season game. Repole was originally credited with scoring the winning goal against the same goaltender Saturday night in a double-overtime thriller. Credit for the goal was since revised to give the goal to Connon Onstein, assisted by Hunter Johnson. (Richard McGuire file photo)

This story has been revised and corrected based on new information from KIJHL.

The Osoyoos Coyotes defeated the Revelstoke Grizzlies in a cliffhanger game that went into two periods of overtime before ending in a 4-3 victory.

The first game of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference final was played in Revelstoke Saturday night after being delayed from an anticipated start of Friday due to negotiations between the two teams.

Connor Onstein scored the winning goal, assisted by Hunter Johnson. Originally Judd Repole was credited with the goal.

At one point, victory seemed much less certain with the Coyotes trailing Revelstoke 3-1 just after the halfway point in the second period. That period also saw the Coyotes outshot 14-4.

But a succession of three unanswered goals after that point carried the Coyotes to victory.

Revelstoke took an early lead in the game on a goal by Jordan Robertson.

Close to the middle of the first period, Jackson Barrett tied the score on a power play, assisted by Repole.

Minutes later, Robertson scored again to make it 2-1 for Revelstoke.

In the second period, Nii Noi Tetteh of the Grizzlies made it 3-1 for Revelstoke.

But Colin Bell scored on a power play a few minutes later starting the Coyote comeback. Barrett assisted.

Sam Reinbolt scored for Osoyoos early in the third period, assisted by Levi Lambert, and suddenly the game was tied at 3-3.

In the overtime periods, the Coyotes outshot Revelstoke 19-12 and neither team took any penalties.

The win gets Osoyoos off to a good start against one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s strongest teams. The fact that it took place in Revelstoke could be a psychological boost to a Coyote team that had a harder time winning road games in the recent Kelowna series.

The second game of the series is also in Revelstoke this Sunday night, before the teams come to Osoyoos for games three and four on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If further games are needed, they’ll play again in Revelstoke on Friday, March 23, in Osoyoos on Saturday, March 24 and in Revelstoke again on Sunday, March 25.

In the Kootenay Conference series, Nelson beat Kimberley 5-3 Saturday. This followed a resounding 8-0 victory for Kimberley on Friday night. That series is now tied at a win each.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Correction: This story was corrected to remove erroneous information in the KIJHL game summary suggesting Liam Aitken played in net for the Coyotes. In fact it was Daniel Paul, as has been usual throughout the playoffs. Also, the winning goal was originally credited to Judd Repole, but the KIJHL has revised this to credit the goal to Connon Onstein, assisted by Hunter Johnson.

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2 Comments

  1. J.Y.PAUL

    March 18, 2018 at 8:29 am

    FYI Daniel Paul was in the net last night , 17-03-18,for Coyotes against Revelstoke.

    • staff1

      March 18, 2018 at 9:11 am

      The story has been corrected. The KIJHL game summary initially said Liam Aitken played in net, but this was not correct.

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