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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

PAIR OF JEWELL'S SINK STEAM IN GAME 1

Brett Jewell scores one of his two
 shorthanded goals in Game 1 to send the
Coyotes to a 4-2 W over Summerland.
Photo: Jen Jensen Photography
After an emotional Game 7 victory of the Kelowna Chiefs on Saturday night, the Summerland Steam had one day off to prepare for Round 2. Awaiting them were the KIJHL Regular Season Champion Osoyoos Coyotes, comfortably rested after closing out their first round series in 5 games with the Princeton Posse last Wednesday.

Despite the difference in rest, both teams came out with pace and purpose, combining for 25 shots (Summerland 15, Osoyoos 10) in the first 20 minutes. Neither was able to find the back of the net in the first, as both Brett's (Huber for Summerland, Soles for Osoyoos) stood tall. It would be another Brett who would steal the spotlight in this hockey game though.

After Osoyoos opened the scoring just 1:29 into the 2nd period thanks to Aaron Azevedo, Summerland found the answer. It was on a powerplay, and it was an Adam Jones shot that beat Soles to tie the game at 1. Kendell Wilson and Lathan McKinney would be credited with assists on Jones' first of the playoffs.

Enter, Brett Jewell.

On another Steam powerplay near the mid-point of the period, Brett Jewell found himself on a shorthanded breakaway and made no mistake beating Steam goalie Brett Huber.

Jewell would find himself in the same situation again early in the third. After Summerland couldn't convert on their powerplay Jewell found himself on another shorthanded breakaway. He once again made no mistake in all alone, and scored the goal that would stand to be the winner. Both goals would go unnassisted.

Down 2, Summerland desperately tried to close the gap, but weren't able to break through Brett Soles in the Coyotes' net. Riley Pettitt would finally pull the Steam within one with 3:17 on the clock, but that was as close as they got. Daylan Robertson and Paulsen Lautard would draw assists on Pettitt's first of the postseason.

The Steam would continue their push, but the game would end in a 4-2 score after Ryan Roseboom converted into an empty net with just over a minute to play.

By all accounts it was a pretty evenly played contest, with Osoyoos outshooting Summerland 37-36. Summerland did a good job of shutting down the potent Osoyoos powerplay, but had trouble with their own which mitigated what they did on the PK.

The 2 shorthanded tallies by Jewell in Game 1 matched the TOTAL for the regular season, as the Steam only gave up 2 in 52 regular season games. They'll look to rectify that part of their game tonight in Game 2. Puck drop is 7:35 from the Sun Bowl in Osoyoos. You can catch Tom Shields on the Coyotes Webcast starting right around game time. You can also follow along on Twitter with the Coyotes and myself .