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Coyotes one game away from conference finals after punishing Knights 10-0 in Armstrong
The Osoyoos Coyotes are one game away from advancing to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League conference finals after administering the most lopsided playoff victory in franchise history Tuesday night in Armstrong.
The Coyotes fired 58 shots and dominated from beginning to end in laying down a 10-0 thrashing over the host North Okanagan Knights at the Nor-Val Arena in Armstrong.
The victory gives the Coyotes a strangehold on the best-of-seven Okanagan Division final series as the now lead the series 3-1.
The Coyotes will have an opportunity to finish off the Knights Thursday night at the Sun Bowl Arena.
A victory Thursday night would advance the Coyotes to the Okanagan-Shuswap Division championship series for the second-consecutive season.
Ironically, it was the Knights who defeated the Coyotes in game seven of their best-of-seven series in the conference final last season.
The Coyotes outshot the Knights 15-2 in the opening period of Tuesday night’s contest as led 2-0 after goals from Cameron Dobransky and Jackson DeMatos.
The Coyotes fired an incredible 29 shots on net and scored five unanswered goals in the second period to blow the game – and series – wide open.
Troy Maclise, Rainer Glimpel, Rory Neary, Aaron Azevedo and Dobransky scored the goals. The goals by Neary, Azevedo and Dobransky came three minutes apart late in the period.
Captain Colin Chmelka scored in the third period and Rory Neary scored two goals to complete a hat-trick as the Coyotes completed the route in the third period.
The game got chippy in the third period as both teams sent a steady stream of players to the penalty box over the final 20 minutes.
If head coach Ken Law and his players knock out the Knights Thursday night, they will likely be facing the Kamloops Storm in the conference final series as the Storm hold a 3-0 series lead over 100 Mile House Wranglers in their divisional final series.
The Storm were the KIJHL’s best team during the regular season.
If the Coyotes and Storm do wrap up their respective series, it’s expected their showdown to reach the KIJHL championship series would begin this weekend in Kamloops.
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