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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Coyotes stop Steam to finish home & home weekend series

This Sunday afternoon the Steam welcomed the division rival Osoyoos Coyotes to the Summerland Arena. These two teams played their second game in as many days against one another to complete a home and home series. They started the weekend separated by just two points in the Okanagan Division, and after an overtime win by the Steam in Osoyoos Saturday night, the Coyotes came to Summerland looking for revenge. 

On Saturday night Colin Chmelka opened the scoring for the Coyotes before Summerland came back with 2 goals from Daylan Robertson and Dylan Burton. Chmelka then tied the game to send it to overtime before the Steam's Jordan Boultbee ended it in overtime to win the game 3-2. Brett Huber picked up the win for the Steam on Saturday holding his team in the game for long stretches of time, while Darren Hogg started Sunday. 

In front of one of their best crowds of the season on Sunday the Steam opened the scoring thanks to Riley Hunt, who scored on a breakaway in the 1st period. They carried much of the play in the period, and outshot the Coyotes 8-4.

The second period was a far different story for the Steam as they let the Coyotes carry most of the play and Osoyoos scored on a powerplay thanks to Colin Chmelka who had a puck bounce in off his pants off a shot from the point. The Coyotes mustered 20 shots in the 2nd period while the Steam were only able to put 7 in the direction of Coyotes' goaltender Nathan Alalouf.

In the third the Coyotes came out with purpose, and Rainer Glimpel gave his team a 2-1 lead before Rory Neary was able to extend the lead to 3-1 a few minutes later. The Steam did pick up one late goal from Josh Dacosta on the powerplay but we're not able to find a way to tie the game, giving the Coyotes a 3-2 victory and their 3 point lead back in the standings.

Darren Hogg was sensational on Sunday, as was Brett Huber on Saturday night in Osoyoos. Both have been very good all season long and will look to continue strong play to push the Steam up the standings in the Okanagan Division. They currently sit 3rd, 3 points behind the Coyotes.

The Steam will resume play again on Friday, January 3, when the Princeton Posse come to town for a 7:30 start at the Summerland Arena. Be sure to come out and support local kids playing local hockey as the playoff race heats up in the Okanagan Division!