Osoyoos Coyotes extinguish Kelowna Chiefs in four games straight

By on March 5, 2014
Cameron Dobransky managed to slip the puck through a mass of legs and into the net to score the game winner for the Coyotes Saturday on a power play. Jackson DeMatos and Rainer Glimpel assisted. The late second period goal made it 2-1 for the Coyotes, who ended the game at 4-1 over Kelowna. (Richard McGuire photo)

Cameron Dobransky managed to slip the puck through a mass of legs and into the net to score the game winner for the Coyotes Saturday on a power play. Jackson DeMatos and Rainer Glimpel assisted. The late second period goal made it 2-1 for the Coyotes, who ended the game at 4-1 over Kelowna. (Richard McGuire photo)

With a 4-1 victory Saturday night over the Kelowna Chiefs, the Osoyoos Coyotes swept their first playoff round in four straight games.

Saturday’s win follows three decisive Coyote victories last week against the Chiefs, who went into free-fall late in the season after leading the Okanagan Division in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) through much of the regular season.

The Coyotes beat the Chiefs 5-0 in Kelowna on Tuesday, Feb. 25; 5-2 at the Sun Bowl on Wednesday, Feb. 26; and 4-1 in Kelowna on Friday, Feb. 28.

The Coyotes will face the winner of the series between the Summerland Steam and the North Okanagan Knights and that series is expected to begin on Thursday evening.

As of the Osoyoos Times’ press time, the Knights led that 3-2 with the Knights in the position to eliminate the heavily-favoured Steam Tuesday night in Armstrong.

If a seventh-and-deciding game was necessary, it was scheduled for Summerland Wednesday night.

In Saturday night’s game at the Sun Bowl, Kelowna took the lead midway through the first period on a power play goal just two seconds before Michael Crawford’s hooking penalty was finished.

The Chiefs actually dominated play in the first part of the second period, but the Coyotes finally got their break late in the period.

Colin Chmelka slammed the puck into the net at very close range to tie the game.

Less than two minutes later, Cameron Dobransky scored on a power play to give the Coyotes a 2-1 lead before the second period ended.

The goal proved to be the game winner and series clincher.

The Coyotes kept Kelowna hemmed in during much of the third period and Jamie Gallo added an insurance goal for the Coyotes in the second half of the period.

Faced with elimination, the Chiefs became desperate.

When the Coyotes took a penalty with several minutes remaining in regulation time, Kelowna pulled goalie Tyler O’Donnell for six attackers against four.

Neither team managed to score.

They pulled O’Donnell again several minutes later, but the gamble backfired when Jackson DeMatos scored unassisted into the empty net with 2:49 remaining.

Like game four, the other games were also one-sided events with the Coyotes showing more staying power than the floundering Chiefs.

On Feb. 25, Chmelka scored the first two goals on power plays. Rory Neary, Colten Braid and Michael Crawford also added goals to make it 5-0.

The following night at the Sun Bowl, Osoyoos scored the first four goals in the first period, with Aaron Azevedo getting the first two. A power play goal in the third period gave Azevedo a hat trick.

Chmelka and Rory Neary scored the other goals.

Kelowna’s only two goals were scored late in the first period. Their second goal, on a power play, came in the final second of the period.

On Friday’s game in Kelowna, the Coyotes outshot the Chiefs 50-23. There was no scoring in the first period, but Kelowna got its first and only goal less than a minute into the second period on a power play.

Osoyoos goals by Brock Anderson, Rory Neary, Troy Maclise and Braid made it 4-1.

If the Knights upset Summerland, Osoyoos will have home-ice advantage and the series is expected to begin at the Sun Bowl Arena Thursday night.

If Summerland comes back to win the series, the Steam will host game one in the best-of-seven series.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

Coyote Brock Anderson goes one to one with Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell in the dying seconds of Saturday's game. He didn't score, but by then the score was 4-1 for the Coyotes. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyote Brock Anderson goes one to one with Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell in the dying seconds of Saturday’s game. He didn’t score, but by then the score was 4-1 for the Coyotes. (Richard McGuire photo)

Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell leaps to catch a flying puck in Saturday's game fired by Michael Crawford (left). The save didn't matter a lot -- by then Kelowna was already down 4-1 and the game was almost over. (Richard McGuire photo)

Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell leaps to catch a flying puck in Saturday’s game fired by Michael Crawford (left). The save didn’t matter a lot — by then Kelowna was already down 4-1 and the game was almost over. (Richard McGuire photo)

After Jackson DeMatos (right) scored on the empty Kelowna net to make it 4-1 Saturday, he was embraced by teammate Rainer Glimpel. (Richard McGuire photo)

After Jackson DeMatos (right) scored on the empty Kelowna net to make it 4-1 Saturday, he was embraced by teammate Rainer Glimpel. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyote Cameron Dobransky swoops in with the puck, sending Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell's stick into orbit. Despite the goalie having to play briefly without a stick, the Coyotes were unable to score. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyote Cameron Dobransky swoops in with the puck, sending Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell’s stick into orbit. Despite the goalie having to play briefly without a stick, the Coyotes were unable to score. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyote Captain Colin Chmelka was set up by Rory Neary, but Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell managed to deflect the puck with his glove. (Richard McGuire photo)

Coyote Captain Colin Chmelka was set up by Rory Neary, but Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell managed to deflect the puck with his glove. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brock Anderson (right) moved in close to Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell on a breakaway in Saturday's game. O'Donnell managed to stop the high puck. (Richard McGuire photo)

Brock Anderson (right) moved in close to Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell on a breakaway in Saturday’s game. O’Donnell managed to stop the high puck. (Richard McGuire photo)

As the red goal light glows to indicate a tying goal for the Coyotes by Colin Chmelka (second from right), he and teammate Jackson DeMatos celebrate. Dematos, along with Rory Neary, picked up assists. Kelowna goalie Tyler O'Donnell stares dejectedly at the puck sitting in the net. (Richard McGuire photo)

As the red goal light glows to indicate a tying goal for the Coyotes by Colin Chmelka (second from right), he and teammate Jackson DeMatos celebrate. Dematos, along with Rory Neary, picked up assists. Kelowna goalie Tyler O’Donnell stares dejectedly at the puck sitting in the net. (Richard McGuire photo)

Colin Chmelka skates in to score late in the second period of Saturday's playoff game against Kelowna. The goal tied the score at 1-1, and the Coyotes went on to win 4-1, eliminating Kelowna in just four games. (Richard McGuire photo)

Colin Chmelka skates in to score late in the second period of Saturday’s playoff game against Kelowna. The goal tied the score at 1-1, and the Coyotes went on to win 4-1, eliminating Kelowna in just four games. (Richard McGuire photo)

Colin Chmelka had an excellent chance to score late in the second period Saturday, but he fanned on the bouncing puck. It didn't matter. Less than a minute later he scored to tie the game at 1-1, and the Coyotes went on to win 4-1, eliminating Kelowna. (Richard McGuire photo)

Colin Chmelka had an excellent chance to score late in the second period Saturday, but he fanned on the bouncing puck. It didn’t matter. Less than a minute later he scored to tie the game at 1-1, and the Coyotes went on to win 4-1, eliminating Kelowna. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

 

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