18-5-0-0-1, 37 PTS RECORD 15-8-0-0-0, 30 PTS
11-0-0-0-0 HOME/AWAY


9-1 LAST 10 GAMES 9-1-0-0-0
.771% WIN % .667%





2.08 PER GM (2ND, KIJHL)



23/131 ; 18.64% (7TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 11/59 ; 18.64% (6TH, KIJHL)

POWERPLAY % OVERALL: 13/106 ; 12.26% (13TH, KIJHL)

ROAD: 8/69; 11.59% (14TH, KIJHL)

83/100; 83.00% (17TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 44/47; 93.62%(2ND, KIJHL)

PENALTY KILL % OVERALL: 112/128 ; 87.50% (5TH, KIJHL)


ROAD: 66/74 ; 89.19% (4TH, KIJHL)


15G + 24A = 39 PTS



15G + 18A = 33 PTS



  • Summerland takes 9 game winning streak into Osoyoos, where the Coyotes are unbeaten at home. During the tenure of this Summerland franchise(2011-12 – Present), they’re 6-9 at the Sun Bowl Arena with the 2 other games coming in Oliver.
  • Over the past 4 seasons, the Steam and the Coyotes have played each other 34 times during the regular season. Summerland holds a record of 8-25-1-0 in those games, which isn’t exactly a sterling record. They’ll look to start changing that tonight.
  • Riley Pettitt rides an 11 game point streak into Saturday night’s game, putting up 14 points in that span
  • Jack Mills, Josh Pilon, and Paulsen Lautard have combined for 30 points on Summerland’s nine game winning streak.
  • Steam will want to stay away from Special Teams with the Coyotes. Summerland’s power play has been good of late but their numbers still aren’t great for the year, while Osoyoos has the 7th ranked PP in the KIJHL and have the 2nd best home ice penalty kill numbers in the league. Their PK as a whole isn’t great, as the numbers show, but on home ice they’re nearly automatic.
  • In the previous 2 meetings this season, Osoyoos has outscored Summerland 13-4 thanks to 6 power play goals and a shorthanded marker. Osoyoos’ PP always seems to kill Summerland, and this season is operating at a near 43% clip against the Steam.
  • Goaltending will be a key in this game. If I was a betting man I’d tell you it’ll be Jake Mullen (6-2/1.68GAA/.936 SV%) vs Brett Soles (12-3/1.86GAA/.940 SV%) when the teams take the ice tonight.
  • To date, in the month of November, Jake Mullen and Matt Huber have combined to give the Steam an 8-0 record, allowing just 11 goals on 206 shots to date in the month. For those counting at home that’s a 1.37 team Goals Against Average and a .946 Sv%.
  • Summerland Captain Paulsen Lautard is one goal shy of tying the franchise record of 57 set by Dylan Burton (2011-’14)
  • Osoyoos’ top line of Rainer Glimpel, Braeden Tuck and Bobby Larue have combined for 90 points through 23GP. To put that into prospective, the rest of the Coyotes roster has 158 points, collectively.
  • 17 of those collective points left the team last week with Daniel Stone, who has been summoned to the CJHL’s top team, the Penticton Vees, for the remainder of the calendar year. My bet is that as much as the ‘Yotes hope to have him back him back come the new year, that might just not be an option. Stone is good enough to play Jr. A, if not for the Vees then for someone else. He’s quite possibly the best rearguard in the KIJHL’s Okanagan/Shuswap conference, and I’d say it’s quite likely that if the Vees don’t retain his services, somebody else in the Canadian Jr. A ranks will pick him up.


Puck drop goes from the Sun Bowl tonight at 7:35PM.



An unstoppable force meets an immovable object. What gives?

Something’s going to have to give on Saturday night when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object at the Sun Bowl Arena in Osoyoos. The Summerland Steam take their 9 game winning streak into the desert to play the division leading Osoyoos Coyotes, who are undefeated on home ice. A big time winning streak meets a home undefeated streak that was put in jeopardy but not compromised last weekend, thanks to a come-from-behind 4-3 OT win for the Coyotes over the 100 Mile House Wranglers.

The Coyotes lead the division by 3 points at the time of this write, prior to action on Friday night. Summerland has a game in hand, which will be used up tonight when the ‘Yotes visit the North Okanagan Knights in Armstrong. This means that the most the gap will be by the time the teams take the ice tomorrow night will be 5, less than the ‘Yotes led the division by any time after November 1 last year.

The Steam and the Coyotes have played each other twice this season, and both times the score hasn’t been kind to the Summerland Steam. After a 6-2 defeat in their home opener to the Coyotes, the Steam took  a 7-2 defeat in Osoyoos in the middle of October.

In those 2 defeats at the hands of the Coyotes, Summerland did what they’ve done against Osoyoos several times over the past 2+ seasons. They took a lot of penalties, and allowed the ‘Yotes to capitalize on Special Teams. In that September 18th 6-2 Coyotes victory during the Steam’s home opener, the ‘Yotes were allowed to go 4/7 on the PP AND get a shorthanded goal from Bobby Larue to help the cause.

On October 14, the Steam and the ‘Yotes were tied 1-1 after a period. The tide turned in the Coyotes favour in the 2nd period on a rare occasion where a 5 minute powerplay in Summerland’s favour actually worked against them. They couldn’t get anything going on that PP, and that ended up deflating the Steam. The Coyotes were able to walk away with a 7-2 victory after going 2/7 on the PP.

Here’s the money stat: So far this season in 2 meetings, Osoyoos is 6/14 (42.85%) on the powerplay. 

The key for Summerland against the Coyotes is always to keep an even keel and get a good start. They do a great job to ‘get up’ for games against the Osoyoos Coyotes, but often times that hype lands them in the penalty box early in the game and allows an always strong ‘Yotes power play to go to work. When you give a team like the ‘Yotes an early power play chance, it’s tough to keep pace in the game if they get the early jump on you, which they like to do.

The Coyotes come into the weekend ranked #2 in both offense (4.13 GF p/g) and defense (2.17 team GAA), while the Steam sit #6 in offense (3.50 GF p/g) and 5th in defense (2.29 team GAA). Both teams score a lot and allow a little, which makes for an interesting contest.

As always, Summerland is going to have to work to contain whatever line Rainer Glimpel plays on. The Calgary, AB native and Captain of the Coyotes has proven to be a Steam killer over his KIJHL career. Glimpel, in his 3rd year with the ‘Yotes, has amassed 24 points (6G + 18A) in just 17 regular season games against Summerland. That doesn’t include exhibition and playoff games.

Glimpel’s linemates are no slouch either, as Bobby Larue (25) and Braeden Tuck (26) have combined for 51 points through 23 GP. As a line, Glimpel, Tuck and Larue have combined for 90 points through the Coyotes first 23 games. For prospective: The rest of the Coyotes’ roster has combined for 158 points.

Containment will be key for the Steam, but they can’t get too focused on containing the Coyotes, because the ‘Yotes have proven it’s hard to do. In my opinion, Summerland’s best bet in Osoyoos on Saturday night will be to match strengths with the ‘Yotes, which is offense and goaltending.

What Summerland can’t do is get into a Special Teams battle with the Coyotes, because their PP is too good to mess around with at an 18.85% conversion rate. Having said that, if Summerland can find the physical line and not cross it, they’ll have some success. The one facet of the game that Summerland greatly exceeds the Coyotes is on the penalty kill. If Summerland can draw a few penalties, they’ll have a chance to score on the KIJHL’s 17th ranked PK, which operates at 82.47%.

One thing you can bank on though is that Summerland won’t deviate from their plan. Every night when we do an interview with Head Coach John Depourcq prior to a home game, we hear him say some variation of “Play our Game”, and that’s what they’ll do. It’s won them 9 in a row, and they’re not going to change it now.

As previously mentioned, Summerland enters on a 9 game winning streak thanks in large part to offense and goaltending. During that time they’ve outscored their opponents 33-10. The top line of Jack Mills, Paulsen Lautard, and newcomer Josh Pilon have led the charge for the Steam (Combined 30 PTS on 9 game streak), while the goaltending has been stellar.

Summerland’s goaltending has helped stabilize their game through the current 9 game winning streak they find themselves on. To date, in the month of November, Jake Mullen and Matt Huber have combined to give the Steam an 8-0 record, allowing just 11 goals on 206 shots to date in the month. For those counting at home that’s a 1.37 team Goals Against Average and a .946 Sv% combined and if you couldn’t tell, that’s GOOD.



There really isn’t much else to say. It’s the Summerland Steam and the Osoyoos Coyotes on a Saturday night in the desert. It comes as advertised. There’ll be some bad blood, as always, there’ll be a lot of back and forth action, and it’s going to be an extremely entertaining night of hockey. Look for the preview with all the numbers tomorrow morning, and I’d definitely recommend getting in on the action either in person or on the webcast with Tom Shields & the crew from Osoyoos.



Jack Mills skates up ice with North Okanagan Knights’ Defender Layne Green during a 3-2 Summerland victory on November 24, 2015. Photo: Kyle Sunderman

For a while on Tuesday evening, it looked like 9 wins in a row wasn’t going to be something we could talk about on Wednesday morning. The Summerland Steam were matched up against a North Okanagan Knights team on Tuesday night that is MUCH better than their point total (15) for the season to date is. They work hard, the hit hard, and they don’t go away easy and they come at you hard.

They proved it, coming out early in the game and establishing pressure inside the Summerland zone. Jacob Mullen started in net for the Steam, and had to be sharp in the first period to keep his team from getting down a goal. Summerland had their fair share of chances as well, but none beat Knights’ goaltender Daniel Paul until the 2:28 mark. At that point in the game Steam captain Paulsen Lautard, who had been thwarted on two breakaways already, got in alone and beat Paul with a backhand shot to put his team up 1-0.

Lautard’s then team leading 14th of the year was assisted by Jack Mills, who made a ridiculous pass to Lautard through the neutral zone to spring him behind the Knights’ defense.

Though Summerland left the first period with a 1-0 lead on a nice goal from Paulsen Lautard, the no-doubt highlight of the period was a fight between Summerland’s Calvin Hadley and North Okanagan’s Dallas Keller. After a hit on the right wing boards at the North Okanagan blue line, there was a mutual agreement to shed the mitts between the two combatants. Before anyone could blink, Hadley had Keller’s helmet off and nose (presumably) broken, and the fight was over. The fight pumped up the crowd, and left a trail across the blue line from the scene of the fight to the exit door at the Knights’ bench.

Other than the fight early, and the Lautard goal late in the period, the rest was pretty ‘ho-hum’ as far as pace was concerned. Both teams had a few chances, the Knights outshot Summerland 11-10, but we headed to the second with the Steam holding a 1-0 lead.

There looked to be ‘runaway potential’ in this game early in the second period. Paulsen Lautard picked the pocket of a Knights’ defender, while shorthanded, and fed Mills in the slot who fired his 15th over top of Daniel Paul. Mills’ goal was Summerland’s 7th shorthanded goal so far this season, and looked like it could give them the springboard they needed to run away with the hockey game.

North Okanagan had other ideas, however, as just 9 seconds after the Mills tally, Patrick Nicholson answered on the powerplay. Nicholson, stationed at the right point, took a pass from the left wing wall and wired his 3rd of the season past Steam goaltender Jake Mullen to cut the Steam lead to 1.

Ryan Moon would then tie things up for the Knights with his 3rd near the midpoint of the second period. Moon took a pass from Ryland Chernomaz in the neutral zone and was able to ‘dance’ a defender before beating Jake Mullen to tie things up at 2.

The score would stay that way through the end of the second period, and scoring would pick back up again for the final time courtesy of Jack Mills, again.

With just over 5 minutes gone in the third frame, off an own zone face-off, Jack Mills would get his opportunity. Mills found himself with room to skate through the neutral zone after a pass out by Braden Eliuk. He and Pettitt found themselves on a makeshift 2-on-1, and Mills kept and shot. The puck found it’s way past Daniel Paul and THROUGH the net, and out the other side. It caused mass confusion inside the arena, but the linesman who was up covering the play signaled goal emphatically and immediately. Mills also threw his arms in the air thinking it went in. Personally I thought it went wide on the original goal call, but the call stood and Summerland took a 3-2 lead.

They’d hold the lead all the way through to the final buzzer, taking a 3-2 victory to the bank for their 9th consecutive win. Jake Mullen made 26 saves on 28 shots, and held the Steam in it early AND late to secure the victory.

Summerland will now take back to the practice ice this week before attending the Summerland Festival of Lights or ‘Light Up’ on Friday night. They’ll then travel to the desert on Saturday night to play the Osoyoos Coyotes. Look for a preview on Thursday or Friday ahead of that massive tilt on Saturday night.













 SummerlandSteam  SUMMERLAND STEAM
5-16-1-0-4, 15 PTS RECORD 15-8-0-0-0, 30 PTS
5-5-0-0-0 AWAY / HOME


2-5-1-0-2 LAST 10 GAMES 8-2-0-0-0
.288% WIN % .652%

2.04 GF PER GM (20TH,  KIJHL)




3.46 PER GM (14TH, KIJHL)



17/164 ; 10.37% (19TH, KIJHL)

ROAD: 5/81 ; 6.17% (19TH, KIJHL)

POWERPLAY % OVERALL: 13/104 ; 12.50% (14TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 5/35; 14.29% (14TH, KIJHL)

129/153; 84.31% (12TH, KIJHL)

ROAD: 69/79; 87.34% (7TH, KIJHL)

PENALTY KILL % OVERALL: 108/115 ; 87.80% (5TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 42/49 ; 85.71% (9TH, KIJHL)


10G + 12A = 22 PTS



13G + 17A = 30 PTS


  • Summerland comes into tonight’s game looking to extend their win streak to 9.
  • Steam goaltender Matt Huber was beaten by the Border Bruins’ Shayne Pluto 6:07 into the second period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-2 Steam victory. It’s the first time Huber’s allowed a goal since the second period of an October 16th game against the Kamloops Storm
  • The goose-egg streak lasted 231 minutes, 25 seconds and spanned 5 appearances and 36 days.
  • On their current 8 game winning streak, Summerland has outscored their opponents 30-8, bringing their goal differential to +28 for the year.
  • The Steam debuted new addition Josh Pilon in the two games this past weekend. Pilon recorded 5 points (0G+5A) in his first 2 games and saw time on the top line and on the powerplay.
  • Pilon played on a line with Paulsen Lautard and Jack Mills in his first two games. The trio combined for 14 points in the 2 games on the weekend to pace the Steam to 2 victories.
  • Mills enters Tuesday night with a 4 game point streak in tact. The 20 year old native of Delta, BC has recorded 10 points in his past 6 games.
  • Riley Pettitt enters Tuesday with a 10 game point streak in tact. In that time, Pettitt’s recorded 3 goals and 10 assists for 13 points in those 10 games.
  • The North Okanagan Knights come in after being shut out on Saturday night to the tune of 3-0 in Kelowna.
  • The Knights picked up a win on Friday night, 5-3 over the Grand Forks Border Bruins thanks to a Graeme Watkins hat trick.


Puck drop tonight goes at 7:30 at the Summerland Arena. If you can’t join us at the rink, join us on the web! oel, Mike and myself will go live at 7:15 for pre-game ahead of a 7:30 start!



Josh Pilon during his debut with the Summerland Steam November 20. Photo via Kyle Sunderman

On a night where the cause was more important than the hockey inside the Summerland Arena, the Summerland Steam picked up wins in both departments. The hockey was important, and ended in a 6-1 victory over the Kelowna Chiefs, but more importantly the Steam and IGA Summerland teamed together to collect food to fill the shelves at the Summerland Food Bank.

Carts upon carts of food were donated by the nearly 300 people in attendance at the Summerland Arena on Friday night, and they were rewarded with a big effort from the home team. In the first five minutes of the game it looked like we might be in for a fun night, as our first whistle didn’t come until nearly 5:30 into the game.

As great as five continuous minutes of action was, there wasn’t a whole lot of ‘action’ to speak of. Both teams were having trouble making a clean break through the neutral zone, causing turnovers from both sides. Once the bakery closed in the middle of the ice though, we were in for a treat. The Steam and the Kelowna Chiefs don’t get along, plain and simple, but on this night it was a clean and physical hockey game for the most part.

Summerland was able to open the scoring just prior to the halfway point of the first frame. After Steam goaltender put the puck ‘on a tee’ for Lathan McKinney to take out of the zone, McKinney found Paulsen Lautard cruising through the neutral zone. The Summerland captain was able to use the Kelowna defenseman as a screen and beat Chiefs’ starter Brady Lenardon under the blocker with a hard wrister from about 50 feet. Lautard’s 10th of the season, assisted by McKinney and goaltender Jake Mullen, gave the Steam a 1-0 lead that they’d never look back from.

Kelowna would make a solid attempt at a pushback, and got an opportunity on the very next shift. Thankfully, Jake Mullen was there to commit absolute larceny on Chiefs forward Josh Kobelka, who found himself all alone with the puck on his stick and Mullen down and out. As Kobelka went to lift the puck into the empty net, Mullen pushed off the right post and sprawled out with the glove to keep the puck out.

In my opinion it was the turning point of the game. If Kelowna gets that goal it’s a 1-1 tie halfway through the first period. Instead, Summerland came back the other way and made their chance count.

A little under 5 minutes after the Mullen robbery, on the power play, we saw the official arrival of new Steam forward Josh Pilon. Pilon, who came from Revelstoke earlier this week, took a pass from Paulsen Lautard in the slot. He used superb peripheral vision to see Jack Mills at the back door, fed him the puck, and Mills made no mistake for his 12th of the year as he lifted it into the top of the net over a sprawling Lenardon.

Summerland would go to the break carrying that 2-0 lead, and come out in the second looking to build on it. This team looks vastly different than it did a month ago on the ice, and I think it has to do with the goaltending they’ve been getting from Jake Mullen and Matt Huber. The team is much more confident knowing that they’re going to get a save when they need it, and it allows them to attack a little more. That’s what we’ve been seeing during this stretch, and it was much of the same last night.

The Steam would have chances in the early half of the second period, but weren’t able to beat Brady Lenardon. Likewise, Kelowna couldn’t find a way to beat Jake Mullen. His highlight of the second period came when there was a scramble in front of his net. A Kelowna forward was able to dig the puck out of the pile and thought he had an open goal, but Mullen’s goal stick and blocker came from out of nowhere to make the save.

Shortly after another Mullen robbery, Summerland ended up on the power play again and converted thanks to the captain with his second of the night. Paulsen Lautard collected his 2nd of the night and 12th of the season off the rush after taking a pass from Josh Pilon at the blue line. Pilon made a real smart play to cut back and get the puck to Lautard, who was in a much better shooting position, and he made no mistake blasting it underneath Brady Lenardon. Jack Mills would collect the second assist on the home team’s third goal (and 2nd power play marker) of the night.

Braden Eliuk would then extend the lead in short order, just :54 later, picking the puck off a defender in the high slot and depositing it into the net. Eliuk’s third of the season would extend Summerland’s lead to 4-0 and put them in full control with just less than half the game to go.

The 4th goal of the night would also spell the end of the night for Brady Lenardon. Josh Tetlichi, who spend training camp with the Steam, would come on in relief for the Chiefs.

Tetlichi got the Chiefs through to the end of the second, but Summerland kept coming early in the third. Riley Pettitt, who was involved in a little bit of literally everything on this night, found himself in on a partial breakaway after a brilliant touch from Cody Egilson. Pettitt made no mistake, making a backhand-forehand move to beat Tetlichi on the blocker side for his 8th of the campaign. Josh Pilon would pick up his third assist of the night on the Steam’s 5th goal after making a good breakout pass through the middle to Egilson.

After the Steam made it 5-0 they looked to start going into ‘trap mode’ and just nurse the game home, but would get one more to cap off the night. After a thunderous hit from Brogan Lautard on the right wing boards, Cole Williams rung the puck around the boards to Wyatt Gale. Gale made a beautiful one touch pass across the ice to Jarrett Malchow, who was off to the races down the right wing. Malchow, much like Paulsen Lautard in the first period, used the Kelowna defender as a screen, wound up and wired a slap shot past Tetlichi to make it 6-0 Steam. Tetlichi got a big piece of what ended up being Malchow’s 6th of the season, he just couldn’t get all of it as it squeezed through his pads and into the net.

Luke Kalenuik would get the Chiefs on the board courtesy of a late power play with just over 6 minutes to play. After scrambling in his crease and making 2 absolutely brilliant saves, Steam goaltender Jake Mullen tried to swat a puck away with his blocker while moving from left to right. When he did, he hit Kalenuik with the puck, and it dropped right at his feet for Kalenuik to bang home. The goal, Kalenuik’s 7th of the year, would come unassisted and be the only goal Kelowna scored on the night in a 6-1 loss.

I can’t overstate Mullen’s worth in this hockey game, because even though the score was 6-1 this didn’t feel like a 6-1 game. Kelowna could have easily been tied or ahead after each of the first 2 periods, but Mullen stood tall for the Steam and picked up his 5th victory since joining the Steam in 7 starts. With 31 saves, his Goals Against Average drops to 1.58 and his Save percentage goes up to an incredible .938% since joining the team on October 23rd.

As for the newest new guy, Josh Pilon, he had an incredible night of his own. He picked up 3 assists, but that wasn’t necessarily the best part of his night. I was far more impressed by his work ethic, speed, and vision which LED to the 3 assists than the 3 assists themselves. He’ll be a very useful weapon for Head Coach John Depourcq and the Summerland Steam moving forward.

It was great to see Summerland’s power play do some damage and capitalize on their opportunities on Friday night. They’ve been working hard on their power play and the addition of Josh Pilon to that group seems to make a difference.

A lot of ‘hockey people’ are of the mind that your power play has to be dangerous (like Kelowna’s) to succeed. I don’t necessarily agree, but I think the power play has to be a deterrent for other teams. The power play has to be good enough that the other team is at least worried about taking a penalty, and that helps keep the clutch and grab down and creates more opportunity at 5v5. For Summerland so far this season that hasn’t been the case, but they’re coming around and eventually it’s going to get there.

A couple of Steam players had great nights BESIDES Jake Mullen last night, as Paulsen Lautard (2G, 1A) and Josh Pilon (3A) both tallied 3 points. Jack Mills picked up 2 (1G, 1A) to bump his team leading point total to 28 for the season. Despite not picking up any points on the night, I thought Brogan Lautard was arguably Summerland’s best defender on the night, and pasting guys to the boards like he did in the third period is only going to solidify my thinking.

Summerland will take Saturday off and go at it again on Sunday afternoon when the Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town for their one and only visit of the season. They’re a much different team than the team that Summerland beat 7-2 and outshot 41-23 on the second night of the KIJHL Regular Season. They had a 6 game win streak snapped on Friday night in North Okanagan, and will take on Beaver Valley at home tonight before coming to Summerland tomorrow afternoon for a 2PM start.















 SummerlandSteam  SUMMERLAND STEAM
13-6-2-2-0, 28 PTS RECORD 13-8-0-0-0, 26 PTS
5-5-0-0-0 AWAY / HOME


7-3-0-0-0 LAST 10 GAMES 7-3
.609% WIN % .619%

3.00  GF PER GM (12TH,  KIJHL)




2.39 PER GM ( 7TH, KIJHL)



27/129 ; 20.93% (3RD, KIJHL)

ROAD: 15/71 ; 21.13% (3RD, KIJHL)

POWERPLAY % OVERALL: 10/98 ; 10.20% (18TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 2/29 ;6.90% (20TH, KIJHL)

92/102; 90.20% (3RD, KIJHL)

ROAD: 44/52; 88.46% (7TH, KIJHL)

PENALTY KILL % OVERALL: 99/112 ; 88.39% (5TH, KIJHL)

HOME: 33/38 ; 86.84% (9TH, KIJHL)


6G + 17A = 23 PTS



11G + 15A = 26 PTS



  • Friday marks the 4th meeting of the season between Summerland and Kelowna, and 3rd of 4 at the Summerland Arena.
  • Summerland comes in having won their past 6, while Kelowna won their last one 2-1 in OT over North Okanagan. The Chiefs have won 3 of their last 4, including a 5-1 mid-week victory over the division leading Osoyoos Coyotes last week.
  • Ryan Lawson will sit the 5th and final game of a suspension he picked up Nov 7th vs Kamloops.
  • Kelowna will be without Kevin Roth, who remains sidelined with an upper body injury. He is out indefinitely with no timetable set for return. All the best in his recovery and hopefully he’s well soon.
  • Kelowna, just like the last time we saw them, still has a deadly powerplay. They operate at over 20% on the PP, which from my point of view all runs through their point men, and defenseman Josh Baird in particular. Summerland will have to do their best to stay clear of the sin bin in tonight’s game.
  • The Steam could possibly debut new addition Josh Pilon on Friday night against Kelowna. Pilon comes via trade from the Revelstoke Grizzlies and will wear #10 for the Steam. He recorded 2 Goals and 2 Assists in 11GP for the Grizzlies this season, but has not played a game since October 24th.
  • Jack Mills will look to continue putting up points for the Steam. He’s posted 26 points through 21 games to date, and has been consistent in doing so. He’s only been held pointless in 8 of the 21 contests, and has 6 points (4G+2A) in his last 4 games.
  • Summerland captain Paulsen Lautard is starting to heat up. He’s collected 4 points in his last 6 after going pointless in the previous 5. You can usually count on Lautard to produce points, but lately it’s been about MUCH more than that. His commitment to the defensive zone has been incredibly impressive over the past handful of games, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets the jump on the little goal scoring mini-slump he’s got going on.
  • Summerland goaltender Jacob Mullen has been nothing if not stellar since joining the team. In his 6 appearances with the Steam he’s holding a 4-2 record, while putting up a 1.68(!!) GAA and a .931 (!!) sv%.  Those are elite numbers, and it’s rubbing off on his goaltending partner Matt Huber as well. Huber has posted 3 straight goose eggs in his past 3 starts and carries a 180 minute scoreless streak into games this weekend.
  • Huber has been very good in his rookie season for the Summerland Steam. In 10 appearances to date he holds a 6-3 record, a 2.07 GAA and a .918 SV%.
  • These goaltending numbers mean more than just the numbers. It gives the coaching staff, and more importantly the players confidence that it doesn’t matter who’s in the net on any given night, they’re going to get quality goaltending.


  • Mike, Joel and myself will go live with full pre-game at 7:15 ahead of the 7:30 start on if you can’t make it to the game live.
  • PUCK DROP tonight is 7:30PM PST from the Summerland Arena. Doors will open at 6PM and IGA Summerland will be on hand collecting non-perishable food donations to help stock the shelves at the Summerland Community Food Bank. The first 100 people through the door with donations will receive FREE TICKETS to tonight’s game. 




Late Thursday night, the Summerland Steam announced the acquisition of ’98 born Forward Josh Pilon from the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Pilon, a native of Revelstoke, has 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games for the Grizzlies this season. In 2014/15 he posted 14G and 16A for 30 points in 49 games as a 16-year-old for his hometown Grizzlies while playing in their top 6 and on the powerplay.

In exchange for the playing rights to the 17 year old Pilon, the Summerland Steam send the playing rights of ’97 F Cole Woodliffe (Currently with the Weyburn Red Wings of the SJHL), the playing rights of ’96 F Tyson Klingspohn (Currently with the Springfield Falcons of the WSHL), and Future Considerations to the Grizzlies to complete the trade.

For a 17 year old, Pilon is built like a grown man and is a lot to handle for opposing defensemen, standing 6’1″ and weighing in at 190 lbs. Built like a power forward, he could see time on the top line with the likes of Paulsen Lautard and Jack Mills. It is also very likely that the new addition lengthens the Summerland lineup even more, and gives them four very useful and very dangerous lines to use.

Pilon is best described as a power forward, from what I’ve heard from around the league. He’s a player that isn’t afraid to get into the corners and dig, and isn’t afraid to get to the front of the net, which is something Summerland sorely needs.

It remains unknown whether or not Pilon will be ready to play Friday night when the Steam take on the Kelowna Chiefs at 7:30. Make sure to get in the door early with your food donations for the Summerland Food Bank, as IGA Summerland is giving away 100 FREE tickets to the first 100 people who come to the door with a small food donation!


For the first two months of the 2015.16 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season the Summerland Steam and Kelowna Chiefs paid little mind to one another. They played leap frog between 2nd and 3rd place, presumably waving (I won’t say how many) fingers at one another on the way by, but never squared off. Summerland started hot and cooled through the month of October, while Kelowna started slowly and brought the heat throughout 2015’s 10th month.

The two teams met for the first time in a home & home on October 23rd a 24th. These two games were ones that Summerland outplayed the Chiefs by the numbers, but came up short by one goal on consecutive nights due to a couple of defensive lapses. Since those two games with Kelowna in late October, Summerland’s done a much better job of limiting said defensive lapses, and it’s been translating into victories for them.

The meeting on Friday night between the Steam and the Chiefs at the Summerland Arena will now all of a sudden be their 4th of the season. It also marks the 4th game between the two teams in a 28 day span. That’s once a week on average, for those counting, and the gloves now seem to be off. We’re near the halfway mark of the season now with Kelowna having played 23 of their 52 and Summerland playing 21 of their 52, and with rosters set there seems to be some familiarity blooming between the two teams.

With familiarity comes disdain in the world of Junior hockey, and the more you play against a team the less likely you are to get along with them. It’s what spawns good rivalries, and it’s what makes playoffs so much fun when it all comes down to it at the end of the season. This rivalry is never quiet, particularly after a 7 game playoff series last year that was quite possibly the most entertaining I’ve ever seen in the KIJHL.

The rivalry carried over into this season, and should surely flood into Friday’s contest. Kelowna sits in 2nd place in the Okanagan Division, 2 points ahead of Summerland who sits comfortably in third with a 13 point cushion on the 4th place North Okanagan Knights (who Summerland will see at home Tuesday night).

Summerland, who owns a good home record at 6-2, will look to continue a 6 game win streak, while the Chiefs will look to start a streak as they won their last game 2-1 in OT over those same North Okanagan Knights that were just mentioned. Both Summerland and Kelowna hold 7-3 records in their previous 10 games, and will put those great records on the board when they go head to head on Friday.

Kelowna will be without their captain, Ryan Lawson, who sits the 5th and final game of a 5 game suspension he picked up vs Kamloops on November 7th. He picked that up thanks to a goaltender interference/staged fight incident that got him an accumulated 5 game ban.

Kelowna will also be without Kevin Roth for the foreseeable future, possibly the season, due to what is believed to be an upper body injury. Roth was injured on October 23rd in Summerland, and unfortunately has not played since. It looks as though he’s been moved to the reserve roster for the Chiefs, which would signal (to me, anyway) that it could be long term. That, in itself, is unfortunate because as I’ve said before, I LOVE watching Kevin Roth play hockey. Pound for pound I think he’s the best defenceman in the Okanagan Division and hopefully he gets healthy soon, as that is the #1 priority.

With the injury to Roth, Kelowna enters with just 6 d-men on their roster. They have added forward Kelsey Byrne to the mix since the last time we saw them, and personally I think that makes them a better team.

Byrne comes to Kelowna after spending parts of last season and this season with the North Okanagan Knights. The 20 year old native of Kelowna has 2 goals and 2 assists in 16 games played with the Knights this season. Byrne has split his KIJHL service time over the past two seasons between the Chiefs and the Knights, amassing 13 points (7G + 6A) in 48 career KIJHL games.

From what I’ve seen of him over the past year and a bit, he’s a player that Chiefs’ Head Coach Jason Tansem will love. A kid that plays the game the right way, battles every shift, and doesn’t hesitate to mix it up when absolutely necessary. He’s good on the forecheck, and especially good on the penalty kill, which will make the Chiefs that much tougher for Summerland to play against.

On the goaltending side of things, I would EXPECT to see Brady Lenardon between the pipes for the Chiefs. You never really know for sure, and you can’t go wrong with EITHER of Lenardon or Josh Tetlichi, but after Tetlichi started 2 of 3 last weekend, I’d expect Lenardon back in there on Friday night.

As for Summerland, I’d expect to see Jacob Mullen again for the Steam. Mullen played both last weekend and collected 2 victories up in the Cariboo over the 100 Mile House Wranglers. I didn’t watch the game on Saturday night as there was no broadcast, but on Friday night he was the reason that Jack Mills had an opportunity to shine in overtime.

The Steam could possibly debut a new addition on Friday against the Chiefs, as they’ve recently acquired ’98 born Forward Josh Pilon from the Revelstoke Grizzlies. The 17 year old Revelstoke native has recorded 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games this season after recording 30 points (14G + 16A) in 49 games for the Grizzlies last season as a 16-year old. Pilon gives the Summerland coaching staff another offensive weapon, and is billed as a kid who will bang and crash his way to the front of the net to collect points.

He’ll no doubt help the Steam, who’ve really put it together during their current 6 game win streak. They’ve really cut down on the time spent in their defensive zone, while also improving their quality of shots in the offensive end. This has led to more frequent, and higher quality scoring chances that they’ve been able to convert as of late.

Most of that has to do with a much better first pass. The first pass out of the defensive zone is, in my opinion, the most important pass any player can make on an ice surface. It sets up the breakout and the transition from defense to offense, and with Summerland’s speed a good first pass helps them a LOT. If they can continue that trend this weekend against the Chiefs on Friday, the Border Bruins on Sunday afternoon, and the North Okanagan Knights on Tuesday night, I think they’ll be successful.

Despite the quality hockey that will be played on Friday night though, there is a bigger cause at hand when the Chiefs visit. The Summerland Steam organization has teamed up with local partner and Corporate Sponsor IGA Summerland to help stock the shelves for the Holiday season at the Summerland Community Food Bank.

IGA Summerland is offering FREE GAME TICKETS to the first 100 people who come to the door with food donations on Friday night in hopes that they are able to help the Summerland Community Food Bank stock up for the coming holiday season. They’ll be on hand from 6PM to 9PM collecting these donations, and will have their famous Buggy Races during the first intermisson. These are always equally as entertaining as the game itself, so you’re not going to want to miss it.

The Steam will also host their Yaki’s Pizza and Sub Chuck-A-Puck, which they do during the 2nd intermission of every home game, and FortisBC will be on hand as our Game Night Sponsor with contests, prizes and giveaways as well.

Joel, Mike and Myself will go live on with a full 15 minute pre-game show prior to puck drop at 7:30. We’ll be on the air at 7:15 to set up all the action from the Summerland Arena!


After a win in 100 Mile House on Friday night (2-1 in OT), the Steam and the Wranglers moved north to Williams Lake for Saturday’s return matchup. Summerland was the home team in the ‘Lake City’, and came away with a 3-2 win to finish up another 4 point weekend and stretch their current win streak to 6.

The Wranglers were put out to a disadvantage early on, as leading scorer and Williams Lake native Justin Bond was tagged with a major penalty for head contact and ejected from the game just 12 minutes and change into the first period.

At this time Summerland already had a 1-0 lead thanks to Cole Williams’ 8th goal of the season. The marker came unassisted just 6:11 into the hockey game, and put Summerland out to an early lead in front of 753 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. 500 of them had pairs of “Thundersticks” courtesy of Williams Lake’s Heartland Toyota, and the environment was crazy loud.

100 Mile House would get on the board in the final minute of the first period when another Williams Lake native, Tyler Povelofskie, beat Steam goaltender Jake Mullen to tie the game at 1. Nick McCabe and Tate Page would draw assists on Povelofskie’s 7th goal of the season to send the game to the second period locked in a 1-1 tie.

Summerland would take their lead back just 4:39 into the second period thanks to Riley Pettitt. Pettitt’s 7th of the campaign, assisted by Brogan Lautard, extended the Whitehorse, YT native’s point streak to 8 games and gave the Steam a 2-1 lead. That lead would last just 1:24, however, as Kolby Page would tally his 3rd of the year, an unassisted marker to bring the Wranglers and the Steam even at 2.

Summerland would go ahead for good with just :20 left in the 2nd frame. Calvin Hadley managed to get a puck behind Wranglers’ starter Zane Steeves. The goal, Hadley’s 2nd of the season, came shorthanded and stood as the winner. Michael McEachern and Jack Mills would draw the assists on the goal, and Summerland would go to the break leading by a goal.

After a combined 3 goals in the second period, there would be no scoring in the third. Summerland did a good job to lock down their defensive zone and made life as easy as possible for Jake Mullen to pick up his 4th victory since joining the Steam in 6 appearances.

The victory for the Summerland Steam propels them into 2nd place in the Okanagan Division, tied in points with the Kelowna Chiefs but ahead in the win column. It was another 4 point weekend for the Steam, their 3rd in a row, and Saturday night stretched their win streak to an even half dozen games. Their play has been much improved in the month of November, and it seems as though all the work they’ve done in the defensive zone over the past 6 weeks has really begun to pay off for them.

Head Coach John Depourcq’s teams usually have strong months of November after taking the first couple of months to get familiar with each other and build some chemistry. This November is no different, as the Steam have really put all parts of their game together recently and look to continue their role on home ice.

After being on the road this weekend, Summerland will now play their next three at home before finishing the month with a short trip to visit the Osoyoos Coyotes. Summerland will play Kelowna on Friday, November 20, Grand Forks on Sunday, November 22, and the North Okanagan Knights on Tuesday, November 24th.

First up are the Kelowna Chiefs, as the Chiefs pay another visit to the Summerland Arena on Friday night. It will be a big night on Friday in Summerland, as FortisBC will be our game sponsor and Summerland IGA will be on hand from 6PM-9PM accepting donations for the Summerland Food Bank. The first 100 people to drop off a small food donation will receive a ticket to Friday night’s game in exchange for their donation!


Steam leading scorer Jack Mills lifted Summerland to a 2-1 OT win scoring both goals Friday night. Photo: Sarah Mayer

It’s always good when you get a big performance out of your team when you need it most, and Head Coach John Depourcq got that last night in 100 Mile House. The Summerland Steam started their 2 game set with the Wranglers the right way, coming up with a 2-1 OT win thanks to two goals from leading scorer Jack Mills.

Mills played hero on Friday night, but the real story was Jake Mullen in the Summerland crease. The 20 year old from Couer D’Alene, Idaho stopped 34 of the 35 shots he saw from the Wranglers on Friday, but more importantly he came up with big saves when Summerland needed it most.

Since joining the Steam on October 23rd, Mullen has stabilized the crease and provided excellent goaltending in every game he’s played. In 5 appearances including Friday night, he’s posted a stingy 1.62 Goals Against Average and a .934 SV%.

On Friday night he had to be sharp early, as Summerland needed some time to shake out the bus legs from the trip. In the first five minutes of the hockey game the Steam didn’t look like they belonged in the same league as the Wranglers, let alone on the same ice surface. That passed though, and once they got their feet underneath them it was actually an extremely entertaining hockey game. The pace was borderline frantic, with both teams getting chances on the opposing net.

Mullen stood tall for Summerland but Zane Steeves was equal to task at the other end, keeping the score tied at 0 late in the first period. Summerland was able to open the scoring in the final minute, as Jack Mills redirected a Keenan Scott shot up over Steeves to give the visitors a lead heading to the break. Jarrett Malchow would draw the second assist on the play after he cruised down the middle and took a pass from Wyatt Gale off the wall. Malchow fanned on the original shot, but picked the puck up and fed Keenan Scott at the point. He put a low hard shot toward the front of the net where Mills made a good redirection to get it up and over Zane Steeves.

In the second period was where Jake Mullen really put on a clinic, making several key saves to keep the game at a 1-0 advantage for the South Okanagan club. No scoring would take place in the second, although 100 Mile did outshoot Summerland 15-10 in the middle frame.

It looked like Mullen was primed for his first goose egg for the Steam until the 13:53 mark of the third period. With just over 7 minutes remaining, former Steam forward Brett Harris (2012/13) got loose on a 2-on-1 with Wranglers’ leading scorer Justin Bond. Harris made a great pass around a sprawling Steam defender, and Bond did a good job to beat Mullen to tie the game at 1. Todd Bredo would draw the second assist on the only Wranglers’ goal of the night.

The game would stay tied 1-1 into the final minute of play, and it looked like we were destined for overtime, as not much was going on in the way of scoring chances after the Wranglers’ goal with 7:07 remaining. Just when we thought the clock was going to wind down, it looked like Summerland had the winner with 14.9 seconds on the clock. After some good work down low the puck came to Wyatt Gale in the slot. As Wranglers’ goaltender pushed off the left post to challenge the shot, the net came loose off the mooring. Gale put the puck in the net, but it was called back as the net was off, and we were in fact destined for OT.

Off the ensuing face-off, Summerland was gifted a power play by literally the DUMBEST rule in the book. Trying to clear the puck, Wranglers’ defenceman Todd Bredo flipped the puck up over the glass and sent Summerland to the powerplay. They weren’t able to convert in the remaining 10 seconds of regulation time, but the penalty carried through to OT.

In that overtime period, Summerland started (and finished) 4-on-3. A good power play set up created three opportunities before Jack Mills was finally able to convert on the 4th shot on the PP. Mills did a good job to pick up a loose puck on the wall and create himself some time and space with a good button-hook maneuver off the wall. He was able to look off the defender and create a lane to the net, where he shelfed a puck over the glove of Zane Steeves to give the Steam a victory.

With that victory, Summerland boosts their winning streak to 5 straight games. The Steam and the Wranglers will go at it again tonight at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in Williams Lake, BC.