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Sunday, 5 January 2014

STEAM ROLL DOWN THE TRACKS INTO KNIGHTS' TERRITORY

The Summerland Steam will take to the ice Sunday afternoon to play the North Okanagan Knights, just 36 hours after completing a great team victory on Friday night, 6-2 over the Princeton Posse. In the game on Friday night the Steam got scoring from all four lines, strong defense, and solid goaltending from Brett Huber.

This afternoon it'll be Darren Hogg who gets the start in net. He has been great since returning from injury and was solid the last time these two teams played in Armstrong, making 38 saves in a 3-1 win that saw Kienan Scott score all three Steam goals. It'll take a team effort once again to beat a very solid North Okanagan Knights team, who sits just behind the Steam in the standings in the middle of the Okanagan Division.

Each and every time these two teams get together there are certainly no pleasantries exchanged. It's no secret they don't like each other, and that should be on full display once again this afternoon. The two teams have played each other three times so far this season, all in a span of 31 days that saw the Knights' win 2 of the 3 games, both on the Steam's home ice in Summerland. In their last meeting, tempers flared in the first period when an altercation occurred involving Gordon Walters and Logan Geefs, which resulted in a 1-game suspension for each player.

The puck drops today at 3PM at the Nor-Val Arena in Armstrong. If you can't make it to the rink, make sure to follow along on  KIJHL.ca as the Knights will have all the action on the web.