This Friday night the Summerland Steam played host to the division rival Princeton Posse. The pace was set immediately as both teams got fired up right from the start, the end result being a 6-2 Summerland Steam victory.
In the first period after the initial pace was set it was deterred a little by a few penalties. Summerland got the first powerplay but couldn't convert before Bryan Kromm opened the scoring for the Princeton Posse on the powerplay at the 12 minute mark of the period. The teams continued to trade penalties in the period and the Steam finally got their chance to score on the powerplay and Riley Hunt made no mistake. After a shot from the point scuttled off the side of the net, goaltender Scott Legault made an unbelievable save off the first rebound from Reid Brown, but could not stop the second shot, which Riley Hunt deposited into the yawning cage to tie the game at 1.
In the second the play was even all the way to the 4:29 mark when on a 5-on-3 powerplay the Steam cashed in with Josh Dacosta firing a low, hard wrister that got through the maze of bodies and had just enough to trickle past Legault and over the goal line. Kienan Scott was then the benefactor of a tipped pass from Paulsen Lautard to send him in on a breakaway. With 1:57 to go in the second, Scott was able to break in on Legault and slide a puck through his legs as he sprawled out to give the Steam a 3-1 lead. 26 seconds later the Steam struck again as Dylan Burton took a pass from behind the net from Olli Dickson and got it through Legault to give Summerland a 4-1 stranglehold to end the second period.
The third started much in the same way it ended, with Summerland providing relentless pressure that resulted in Kienan Scott's second goal of the night at the 15:50 mark of the third. Then, at 13:05 the scoring was rounded out by Cooper Holick, who deposited a rebound into an open net at the right post.
Overall it was a great team win for the Steam. All four lines were in on the scoring and they played solid defense in front of Steam goaltender Brett Huber, who only saw 25 total shots on the night.
The Steam will take to the ice next on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Armstrong for a 3PM start against the North Okanagan Knights. They will not return home again until January 24th when they face these same Princeton Posse for a 7:30 puck drop here inside the Summerland Arena.
3) Bryan Kromm (PP)
2) Daylan Robertson (SS)
1) Kienan Scott (SS)