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Coyotes lose both weekend games to Steam and Knights
The Osoyoos Coyotes lost both weekend games, losing to the Summerland Steam Saturday at the Sun Bowl and to the North Okanagan Knights Sunday in Oliver.
In Saturday’s game, the Coyotes suffered a disastrous second period before bouncing back in the third, ending the game with a 6-5 loss.
In the Sunday afternoon game, the Coyotes scored early in the game, but failed to add any more goals despite outshooting the Knights. They lost 3-1.
The Coyotes played three different goalies in the two games. Nathan Alalouf started for the Coyotes Saturday, playing two periods and allowing five goals. He was replaced by backup goalie Brandon Lockett for the third period. On Sunday, regular goalie Lawrence Langan was back in action.
Saturday’s game began with an early Coyote goal by Wyatt Trumbley, but Summerland tied the game on a power play to end the first period in a 1-1 tie.
In the second period, the Coyotes fell apart. In less than four minutes early in the period, the Steam put three goals past Alaouf.
Michael Crawford scored late in the period for the Coyotes, but hopes of a comeback were dashed minutes later when Summerland added yet another goal with 1:39 remaining in the dismal period.
The Coyotes did their best to mount a comeback in the third period after switching goalies. A power play goal by Cameron Dobransky midway through the period closed the gap. Once again though, Paulsen Lautard added his third goal of the game for the Steam, making it 6-3.
With about a minute left in the game, the Coyotes found their legs with two quick goals just 19 seconds apart. The comeback was too little too late, and the Coyotes were still one goal shy of tying the score when the final buzzer sounded.
It was a rough game with players on both sides on edge and looking for a fight in the second period. Coyotes Troy Maclise and Joey Marcy both took roughing penalties while Aaron Azevedo took a 10-minute misconduct. Their Steam adversaries took matching penalties.
In Sunday’s game in Oliver, Colin Chmelka opened the scoring early in the first period assisted by Maclise and Azevedo.
The Knights came back late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1.
Two more goals by the Knights in the third period made the final score 3-1.
If not for some strong goaltending by Knights goalie Zach Dyment, the game might have ended differently. The Coyotes took 42 shots on goal while the Knights only managed 28.
The two losses leave the Coyotes in third place in the Okanagan Division, three points behind the Steam and 10 points behind the division-leading Kelowna Chiefs.
The Coyotes will be hitting the road this week, playing Wednesday in Grand Forks, Friday in 100 Mile House and Saturday in Kamloops. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, they play in Sicamous.