Account Login/Registration

Access KelownaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.


Facebook


OR


Register

Privacy Policy

Top scorers tamed but Chiefs still take 2-0 series lead

Despite their group of top producers being shut out for one of the very few times this season, the Kelowna Chiefs still found enough firepower to defeat the visiting Osoyoos Coyotes 3-1 on Wednesday and will take a 2-0 lead in their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series to the South Okanagan this weekend.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Jordon Woytas opened the scoring for the Chiefs in the second period.After cruising to a 10-1 victory over the Coyotes the night before, the Chiefs and their vaunted offence — particularly forwards Brody Dale, Zach Erhardt, Ryan Stack and Lane Paddison who combined for 21 points in the series opener — were stymied by a tightened-up Osoyoos defence and the outstanding goaltending of goaltender Daniel Paul.

The result was a scoreless first period at the Rutland Arena while the Chiefs had to rely on Jordon Woytas’ ninth goal of the season and Kayson Gallant’s 17th in the second period to claim their second win in the best-of-seven Okanagan Division semifinal. Juanre Naude added his 26th goal of the season and second in the playoffs to provide insurance early in the third period.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Kayson Gallant notched the winner for the Chiefs with his second goal of the series.The Chiefs, first-place finishers in the regular season with 89 points, still controlled the territorial play on Wednesday and outshot the fourth-place Coyotes (37 points) 39-24.

Shane Zilka, having his shutout spoiled by Cole Rezka with 5:17 remaining in the game, earned the win in goal with his 23 saves while Paul took the loss in the Osoyoos goal, although his stellar effort earned him the visiting team’s first-star selection.

<who>Photo Credit: Lorne White/KelownaNow </who>Juanre Naude's second goal in as many nights was an insurance marker in the third period.The third game of the series is scheduled for Friday at the Osoyoos Sun Bowl while the fourth game is set for Saturday, also in Osoyoos. A fifth game, if necessary, would be played at the Rutland Arena on Monday beginning at 7 p.m.

The winner of the series will meet the survivor of the other Okanagan Division semifinal between the second-place Summerland Steam and the third-place Princeton Posse.

A 6-2 win by the Steam on Wednesday evened that best-of-seven series at 1-1 after the Posse had upset Summerland 7-6 in overtime on Tuesday.



Support local journalism by clicking here to make a one-time contribution or by subscribing for a small monthly fee. We appreciate your consideration and any contribution you can provide.


Visit our Facebook page to comment on this story.

Sign up for local eNews delivered to your inbox by 7 am every day.

Send your comments, news tips, letter to the editor, photos and videos to news@kelownanow.com.

To report a typo, send an email to news@kelownanow.com.





Mon
34℃


Tue
33℃


Wed
33℃


Thu
33℃


Fri
31℃


Sat
29℃

Top Stories

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Youtube Listen on Soundcloud Follow Our TikTok Feed Follow Our RSS
Privacy Policy