After just one day off, the Summerland Steam will take to the road again tonight to face the Princeton Posse. The Tuesday night game comes quickly on the heels of a 4-2 come from behind victory over the North Okangan Knights in Armstrong on Sunday afternoon. The Steam started the third period trailing 2-0, but got two goals from Paulsen Lautard along with singles from Riley Hunt and Jordan Boultbee. Boultbee's goal was his sixth of the season, and the game winner scored with :55 seconds left on the clock.
Tonight the Steam turn their attention to the Princeton Posse. It is sure to be a physical affair as these two divisional rivals lock horns in search of an important 2 points in the ever tightening Okanagan Division. The Steam sit in 3rd place, trailing the Osoyoos Coyotes by a point and the Kelowna Chiefs by just five points at the top of the division. Princeton, meanwhile, has really turned their play around of late and trail the 4th place North Okangan Knights by six points as the enter play tonight.
Princeton is a hard-nosed hockey team that gives a lot of teams a really rough ride throughout the KIJHL and the Steam are no exception to that. When they played one another on Friday night in Summerland there were bodies flying all over the ice, and we should expect to see the same type of game in Princeton tonight.
Projected starters are Brett Huber for Summerland and Scott Legault for the Posse. Both played Friday night, Huber making 23 saves and Legault making 29. Huber will look for another strong effort in the Summerland crease while Legault will look for a solid performance for Princeton.
The puck drops at 7PM at the Princeton & District Arena. Make sure to get out and support Junior Hockey in the community and if you can't make it to the rink, be sure to join George Elliott and the crew on the KIJHL webcast at KIJHL.ca!