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Coyotes pound Posse 7-1 after winning and losing earlier back-to-back games to Summerland Steam
The Osoyoos Coyotes easily beat archrival Princeton Posse by a lopsided 7-1 at the Sun Bowl Saturday night, holding onto their second-place spot in the Okanagan Division.
The margin of victory was helped in large part by an outstanding performance by rookie Rainer Glimpel, who scored a natural hat trick after assisting on an earlier goal by Liam Neary.
Saturday’s victory followed two games against the Summerland Steam the previous weekend where each team won 3-2 on the road.
In the Dec. 28 game at the Sun Bowl Arena, Osoyoos lost when Summerland scored early in the first period of overtime.
Despite the lopsided score Saturday, both teams were virtually even in shots on goal – a testament to the strong goaltending of Coyotes’ Lawrence Langan.
It was a game with several skirmishes, but most resulted in double penalties, so the Coyotes only got to deploy their power play three times.
Two of those led to goals by Luc Gradisar and Glimpel.
Captain and top scorer Colin Chmelka kicked off the scoring just 16 seconds into the game. This turned out to be the only goal of the game by the powerful line of Chmelka, Aaron Azevedo and Troy Maclise, which normally dominates the scoring for the Coyotes.
Liam Neary scored three minutes later. The Posse managed a goal on a power play, but before the first period was over, Gradisar made it 3-1.
The only goal of the second period was a power play goal by Glimpel late in the period. Glimpel continued his scoring run with two more goals in the third period, scoring his second on a breakaway while the Coyotes were shorthanded.
As a final insult to beleaguered Princeton goalie Spencer Huff, Rory Neary fired one into the top of the net late in the third period to end the game 7-1.
In the Dec. 28 game at the Sun Bowl, there was no scoring in the first period.
Chmelka scored the opening goal in the second period, and after Summerland scored two, Chmelka added the Coyotes’ only other goal to tie the score at 2-2 and force the game into overtime.
The game ended when the Steam’s Riley Hunt scored 59 seconds into overtime.
The next night the Coyotes turned the tide in Summerland. Hunt opened scoring for the Steam, but Chmelka, Glimpel and Rory Neary each scored goals to make it 3-1.
A power play goal by the Steam late in the game wasn’t enough and the Coyotes ended it 3-2.
The Coyotes’ only game in the coming week is Sunday against the North Okanagan Knights in Armstrong.