After a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Osoyoos Coyotes on October 13th, the Summerland Steam will travel to Osoyoos for a rematch on Wednesday night. In the games between then and now the Steam have looked solid and picked up a few wins, but they know that facing the league leading Coyotes is no easy task.
The last time the two teams met it was Jackson Dematos and Rainer Glimpel doing the majority of the damage in that 6-2 victory. Dematos was returning from a 7 game hiatus due to a lower body injury and recorded a hat trick, while Glimpel recorded 5 points and was +5. If the Steam would like a different result than the last game between the two teams, they're going to have to stay out of the penalty box.
In the October 13th matchup between the Steam and the 'Yotes, Summerland had trouble staying out of the penalty box early and often, and allowed Osoyoos to take a 4-0 lead into the 1st intermission. From the start of the 2nd onward the game was played fairly evenly, with teams scoring two goals each and the game ending in a 6-2 score. If the Steam can stay out of the box, they won't have a problem playing with the Coyotes, but if they get into penalty trouble, Osoyoos will surely make them pay for it.
Expect the pair of #1 goaltenders to go in this game as Steam Head Coach John Depourcq will go with Brett Huber (6-5, 2.60 GAA / .960 SV%), while Lawrence Langan (10-2, 2.68 GAA / .908 SV%) will likely get the call for the Coyotes from Head Coach/GM Ken Law.
The Steam will be without a few key pieces in their lineup as Kendell Wilson remains sidelined with a lower body injury, Riley Pettitt will sit out with an upper body injury for the next 4-6 weeks, and Calvin Hadley will sit game 2 of a 6 game suspension. The team will have to rally around not having these three individuals in the lineup, and the contributions are going to have to come from elsewhere both in their defensive end and on offense.
Summerland will get a boost to their lineup as Cole Woodliffe is expected to return from a weekend spell on loan to the West Kelowna Warriors, where he collected a goal and an assist in 2 games. Along with Woodliffe, Rylan Sideroff will return to the Steam lineup and provide a veteran presence for Summerland that is needed against a powerhouse like Osoyoos. Sideroff makes his return from a 3 game suspension incurred in that Oct 13 game vs the Coyotes when he put a high hit on Troy Maclise. That hit saw him land a major penalty for a hit to the head and a game misconduct in the final 10 minutes of the hockey game, sparking the 3 game suspension.
Game time is 7:35 from the Sun Bowl Arena in Osoyoos, and you can catch all the action on the webcast at www.kijhl.ca. The Steam will return home for a Halloween matchup THIS FRIDAY, October 31st vs the Princeton Posse.
Family packs of tickets (2 Adults and up to 4 kids) are just $20 and Nesters Market is the Game Night Sponsor. After you're done trick-or-treating with the kids, bring them down to the rink to get some more candy and watch some great hockey for a great price! Spud Bros. Concession will have great deals and some stuff to giveaway and there will be a 2 night staycation package from the Best Western Inn at Penticton given to the couple with the best costumes as well as ticket giveaways for best kids' costume AND best adult costume! Come down to the rink and check it out as the Posse make their first trip to the Station this year!