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Three victories vault Coyotes into first place in their division
The Osoyoos Coyotes took three victories over the past week, vaulting into first place in their division.
Twice they rolled over the Summerland Steam – winning 5-3 in Summerland on Tuesday, Oct. 8 and again 4-2 at the Sun Bowl Saturday night.
The Coyotes also scored a decisive 6-2 win over the Princeton Posse at the Sun Bowl on Friday.
The three wins put the Coyotes in first place in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference with 16 points.
In last Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Summerland, the Coyotes opened scoring in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead before Summerland came back to tie the game early in the second period.
A powerplay goal shortly after put the Coyotes back in the lead and two more goals in the third period secured their win.
Coyote goals were scored by Michael Crawford, Scott Grieve, Jackson DeMatos, Aaron Azevedo and Colin Chmelka.
In the Friday 6-2 victory over Princeton, the two teams stayed scoreless through the first period.
The tone of the game changed dramatically in the second period, with Osoyoos scoring four goals to Princeton’s one. The Coyotes picked up another two goals to Princeton’s one in the third period.
Azevedo and Troy Maclise each scored a pair of goals, while singles went to Luc Gradisar and Brett Anderson.
When the Coyotes again faced Summerland on Saturday, Osoyoos opened scoring early in the first period on a powerplay.
The Steam bounced back midway through the period, but the Coyotes scored again – the second goal for Maclise assisted by Rory Neary and Azevedo.
DeMatos made it 3-1 for the Coyotes in the second period.
A powerplay goal by Summerland late in the third period brought them within range of closing the gap, but it was not to be. The Steam pulled goalie Brett Huber, allowing Gradisar to score one on the empty net, ending the game 4-2.
The Coyotes play the Spokane Braves Friday night at the Sun Bowl followed by a Sunday afternoon game against the Sicamous Eagles at the Oliver Arena.
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