On Friday night the Summerland Steam returned home after 3 weeks away and recorded a 3-2 double overtime victory thanks to a hat trick from their leading scorer, Kienan Scott. The Steam were sloppy early on in the game and allowed Princeton to score early, much like the game on January 7th in Princeton that resulted in a Steam loss.
Andrew Stack opened the scoring for the Posse in the first period as they carried the play and really took it to Summerland. That lead held until the 2:54 mark of the second period when Kienan Scott took a rebound off a Dylan Burton shot and bounced it off Princeton goaltender Scott Legault and into the back of the net.
Devan Siudy would then give the Princeton Posse the lead on the powerplay just 5 minutes into the third period, as he curled off the left wing wall and rifled a shot high to the blocker side of Summerland goaltender Brett Huber. It took only 4 minutes, however, before Scott brought the game back to a tie score on a breakaway after picking up a lob pass from Paulsen Lautard and burying a shot between the legs of Legault in the Princeton goal. That would round out the scoring for regulation time, as it would end in a 2-2 and send the two teams to overtime.
In extra time the teams played 5 minutes of 4on4 with no scoring before Kienan Scott ended the game on another breakaway just over a minute into 3on3 OT.
The win coupled with an Osoyoos loss to 100 Mile House last night puts the Steam 5 points up on the third place Coyotes. Kelowna did manage to beat the North Okanagan Knights 2-1 to keep their division lead at 5 points as the Steam try to chase them down.
Tonight the Steam (24-14-1-3, 52 pts) will travel to face those Kelowna Chiefs (27-12-0-3, 57 pts) for the second time in 5 days. Their first meeting was on Tuesday night in Rutland where the Steam came out with a 4-2 victory. They got help from all parts of the lineup as Olli Dickson, Paulsen Lautard, Josh Dacosta and Jordan Boultbee in the victory. Darren Hogg was solid in that victory but it will probably be Brett Huber who starts again tonight for the Steam. They will likely go up against Connor De Melo for the Kelowna Chiefs, as Tyler O'Donnell played in Armstrong last night against the Knights and picked up the win.
It's a 'clash of the titans' in the Okanagan Division once again, and the Steam will have to be better than they were last night against Princeton in order to pick up a VERY valuable 2 points in Kelowna tonight. They need a full 60 minute effort in order to be successful and they'll need everybody contributing and at their best from the very outset of this hockey game.
The puck drops at 7PM at the Rutland Arena. Make sure to get out and support the Steam as they try to chase 1st place heading towards the playoffs!