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Coyotes snap losing streak with dramatic overtime victory against visiting Knights
The Osoyoos Coyotes broke out of an extended losing streak with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win Saturday over the North Okanagan Knights.
The Coyotes were trailing 3-2 going into the last minute of the third period.
They pulled goalie Lawrence Langan for an extra attacker. The gamble paid off when Colin Chmelka slipped the puck past Knights goalie Zach Dyment to tie the game with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation time.
The Coyotes suddenly found their legs as the game went into two periods of overtime. With 1:45 remaining in the second overtime period, Aaron Azevedo got a breakaway and deked out Dyment to score the winning goal. The victory follows a dismal stretch for the Coyotes, who only won two games in January and lost both of their two other games in the past week.
The Coyotes were humiliated 6-0 in Kelowna Friday night and they went down to a 5-3 defeat in Sicamous against the Eagles on January 29.
In Saturday night’s game against the North Okanagan Knights, Chmelka once again kept the team afloat with two goals and an assist. Jackson DeMatos and Troy Maclise also performed well, with DeMatos scoring the opening goal and assisting on Chmelka’s last-minute tying goal.
Maclise seemed to be the master of the breakaway, facing Dyment at least five times, but was unable to put the puck into the net. He did, however, pick up three assists.
Penalty killing was the main Coyote weakness, with all three North Okanagan goals scored on power plays. The Coyotes played shorthanded seven times, but were unable to capitalize on their two power plays.
After a weak second period for the Coyotes, when the Knights scored twice to take a 2-1 lead, Chmelka scored in the first minute of the third to tie the game.
The Knights took the lead again midway through the third period before Chmelka tied the game and forced it into overtime.
Friday night’s game against the Chiefs in Kelowna started badly for the Coyotes and only got worse. Kelowna scored twice in the first period and three times in the second for a 5-0 lead. A sixth Kelowna goal in the last half of the third period was the final nail in the Coyote’s coffin.
It was tough game with a fight breaking out before the midway mark of the first period.
Coyotes’ bad boy Brett Anderson received two game misconducts in addition to two five-minute penalties for head contact and fighting. His Kelowna adversary, Kyle Hazelwood, received one game misconduct and a five-minute fighting penalty.
Anderson joins his brother Brock Anderson on the sidelines, with Brock having been hit with three game misconducts and a rap sheet of other offences in the Coyotes’ 6-1 loss in Kamloops on January 25.
Saturday’s overtime victory over the Knights leaves the Coyotes in third place in the Okanagan Division with a five-point lead over North Okanagan.
The recent losing streak, however, leaves Osoyoos seven points behind Summerland Steam.
The Coyotes play next in Princeton on Friday night and then host the Chase Heat at the Sun Bowl Saturday evening.
The Princeton Posse comes to Osoyoos next Wednesday, Feb. 12.
After those games, there are only three more left for the team in the regular season.