After a disappointing outing in Princeton on Tuesday night that resulted in a 6-2 loss, the Summerland Steam will travel to face the North Okanagan Knights tonight. The Steam got off to a slow start on Tuesday evening in Princeton, giving up 2 early goals that had them trying to play catch up. They ultimately couldn't, as Princeton continued to drive play and kept Summerland chasing.
Tonight the Steam will look to get off to a fast start and avoid having to chase against a very solid North Okanagan Knights hockey club. This will be the 5th meeting of the season between the two clubs, all of which have come since November the 19th. As we head into meeting #5 the season series is currently tied at 2, which each team gaining their two wins on the road. The two teams are evenly match and have played hard, competitive hockey against one another so far this season. Being separated in the Okanagan Division standings by 11 points, the Steam will be looking to gain more ground while the Knights will look to close the gap and get back in the race up the standings as the playoffs creep closer.
Darren Hogg is projected to start for the Steam tonight after entering the game on Tuesday night in relief of Brett Huber with 7 minutes to play in the second period. As for the Knights, both goaltenders (Zach Dyment and Mitch Profeit) have been solid in games against the Steam this season so no matter who is in the North Okanagan goal crease, they will provide a stiff test for a Summerland club who's looking to breakout after being held to 2 goals on Tuesday night.
The puck drops at 7:30 at the Nor Val Arena in Armstrong. Make sure to join in on KIJHL.ca for the webcast and cheer on the Steam as they chase down a playoff spot!