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Coyotes pick up pair of wins
The Osoyoos Coyotes beat two strong teams on the weekend including a 10-2 walloping of the division-leading North Okanagan Knights Friday night at the Sun Bowl.
On Saturday, they scored a decisive 4-1 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, now in the number two spot in Kootenay Conference Neil Murdoch Division. That game was played in Fruitvale at the Beaver Valley Arena.
The two big wins launch the Coyotes into a tie for third place in their Okanagan Division with 10 points.
In Friday’s home game, the Knights opened the scoring in the first period, but that was the last time they held the lead in a lopsided game.
The Coyotes scored two quick goals 12 seconds apart and just 35 seconds later the Knights tied it again.
From then on, it was the Coyotes’ game.
It was a different Coyotes team from last season when the Yotes spent the greater part of many games playing shorthanded due to unnecessary penalties.
On Friday night, the Coyotes only played shorthanded once, while the Knights got 18 minutes in minor penalties, plus 10-minute and game misconducts.
The Coyotes capitalized on the Knights’ many penalties, scoring five power-play goals.
Rory Neary picked up a hat trick while Aaron Azevedo and Jackson DeMatos both got a pair of goals. Azevedo also had two assists, while Colin Chmelka managed one goal and four assists.
Other Coyote goals were scored by Ryan Kelm, Mat Lambert, Troy Maclise and Bradley Williams.
Knights goalie Zach Dyment was pounded by 51 Coyote shots on goal before he was finally put out of his misery and replaced by backup goalie Mitch Profeit after the 10th Coyote goal with 3:21 left in the game.
On Saturday’s road game in Fruitvale, the Coyotes took the lead in the first period on a power-play goal by Luc Gradisar and the team never looked back.
Williams added a second period goal followed by another early in the third period, giving the Coyotes a 3-0 lead.
The Nitehawks finally scored a powerplay goal late in the third period before DeMatos made it 4-1 with an unassisted goal.
The two teams matched each other in shots on goal at 27 each.