Last weekend on home ice, the Summerland Steam did not have a banner weekend, losing 5-2 and
6-2 to Kamloops and Osoyoos, respectively. They were coming off an 8 day layoff that saw the coaches give them the majority of the week off in order to get healthy, as a flu bug caught the dressing room and put several players down early in the week. They'll head to Invermere for a Saturday night tilt with the Columbia Valley Rockies and then on to Golden to face the Rockets on Sunday afternoon. The Steam will certainly be hoping for a better result in order to start climbing back up the standings in the Okanagan Division and (excuse the pun) get back on track.
Even though they have lost 4 of their last 5, and even though the last 2 scores may have been a little lopsided, the Steam haven't been playing bad hockey. They've been working hard in all three zones and Coach John Depourcq is ultimately happy with what they're doing, they just aren't yielding the results they want.
In our new "2 Minutes With" feature on our broadcast on Monday afternoon, Coach Depourcq noted that his team was a little bit undisciplined over the weekend and put themselves at a disadvantage against two of the KIJHL's best powerplays.
This weekend the Steam have another tough road trip ahead as they start in Invermere on Saturday night. Although the Columbia Valley Rockies don't have the best record in the KI, they are a tough opponent and boast a young roster looking to improve on a tough start.
After a Saturday night matchup with the Rockies, the Steam will head up to Golden to face the Rockets on Sunday afternoon. The Rockets are off to a hot start to their 2014/15 KIJHL season, starting with a 7-4-0-1 record through 12 games. The Rockets are not only off to a good start, but they're very tough to play on home ice, posting a record of 4-2 in 6 home games.
Summerland will be up against it this weekend going over to the Kootenays for the 2nd time in 3 weeks. This time they are healthy and ready to play and will be looking to bounce back after a tough couple of weeks. You can catch all the action on the webcasts from Columbia Valley and Golden at www.kijhl.ca.
The Steam will return home next Friday, October 24th, when they face-off against the Kelowna Chiefs!