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Tuesday, 4 March 2014


I'll keep this one short and sweet:

On Tuesday night in Armstrong the Summerland Steam will play another must-win game with their backs against the wall in Game 6 of a best of 7 series with the North Okanagan Knights. The Knights have a 3-2 lead in the series thus far, but the Steam have shown signs of serious life in the last couple of games. Early in this series the Steam won a game they probably deserved to lose, and in Game 4 they lost a game they probably deserved to win. The point of the matter is everything evens out in the end, and it makes for a very intriguing matchup in tonight's pivotal Game 6.

In Game 5 the Steam started once again with strong pressure in the offensive zone, but still couldn't buy a bounce. Finally, Kienan Scott was able to find his way to the net with the puck and beat starter Zach Dyment to break the goose egg for the Steam in the 2nd period. They would add one more in the third before allowing a shorthanded goal, and win the hockey game 2-1 forcing a Game 6.

Tonight you can look for the same 2 starters in the nets, as it looks to be Darren Hogg for the 4th straight game for the Steam while Zach Dyment has played every minute of every game for the Knights and will most likely do the same tonight.

For the Steam the message should be very simple, and that's just to have some fun. You could see on Sunday night in Summerland that they didn't let the pressure of an elimination game get to them and that needs to be the case again tonight. They came out with physicality and they came out with the smash-mouth type of forecheck and offensive tenacity we saw for most of the second half of this 2013/2014 KIJHL season. The Steam will surely look to get all 4 lines and 6 defensemen into the game early tonight, and will look for an early goal in a setting (Nor-Val Sports Center) that will surely be loud and extremely pro-Knights.

They'll need all of that and more tonight to stave off elimination and force a Game 7, which would be played Wednesday night, March 5th, at the Summerland Arena.

The Steam will have a fan bus present in Armstrong tonight so if you're watching on the webcast, don't be surprised to hear some noise from the Red, White and Black as well!