Coyotes suffer 6-2 loss Saturday, as Kelowna ties series at two games each

By on March 10, 2018

Jackson Barrett, pictured scoring on North Okanagan in a regular season file photo, scored one of the two Coyote goals Saturday night in the Coyotes’ 6-2 loss to Kelowna. (Richard McGuire file photo)

The Osoyoos Coyotes and Kelowna Chiefs are now tied with two wins each as the Coyotes were defeated 6-2 in Kelowna Saturday night.

The two teams play again Monday in Osoyoos where a win would give the Coyotes a good shot at taking the best-of-seven Okanagan Division final.

A loss Monday, however, would return the series to Kelowna – a series where the two teams have so far only won on home ice.

Saturday’s loss was the most disappointing showing for the Coyotes in the playoffs so far.

Of the eight goals scored in total, seven came on power plays.

But while it’s normally the Coyotes who have the deadly power play, this time the Chiefs were five for 11 while the Coyotes were only two for 10.

Kelowna’s Brett Witala scored the only goal of the first period. Witala, who was number two in the league for points in the regular season, also picked up three assists Saturday.

Jackson Barrett scored the first Coyote goal in the first minute of the second period to tie the game. The assists on this power play goal went to Judd Repole and Colin Bell.

But then Kelowna scored two more goals in the second period and one in the third before the Coyotes were able to add another.

Juanre Naude scored the first of these three goals and Devin Sutton added the next two – all three scored on power plays.

With three and a half minutes remaining in the third period, Hunter Johnson scored on a power play to make it 4-2, but by this time it was a case of too little, too late.

Repole added another assist along with Cody Allen.

Kelowna’s Miles Mattila scored the only goal of the game that wasn’t on a power play with two minutes remaining in the third period.

Then, with 25 seconds remaining in the third period, Brody Dale added the sixth Kelowna goal.

There was no point pulling goalie Daniel Paul for an extra attacker in the final minutes, and he played in net for the entire game.

After this Monday’s game in Osoyoos, the teams will play one more game in Kelowna on Tuesday. Unless one team wins both games, a seventh and deciding game would be played Wednesday in Osoyoos.

In the other Okanagan/Shuswap Conference series, Revelstoke beat 100 Mile House 7-4 to tie the series at two games each.

In the Kootenay Conference, both Columbia Valley and Castlegar bought reprieves, winning games after losing the first three in their respective series.

Columbia Valley beat the Kimberley Dynamiters 1-0 on home ice and they now trail in their series 3-1.

Castlegar beat Nelson 6-2 on home ice and they now trail 3-1 in their series.


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