|26-12-0-0-2, 54 PTS||RECORD||29-10-1-0-1, 60 PTS|
|14-3-0-0-1||HOME / AWAY
|6-3-0-0-1||LAST 10 GAMES||6-3-1-0-0|
|2ND, OKANAGAN DIVISION||DIVISION RANK||1ST, OKANAGAN DIVISION|
3.20 GF PER GM (10th, KIJHL)
4.05 GF PER GAME (3RD, KIJHL)
2.28 PER GM (3rd, KIJHL)
2.03 GA PER GAME (1ST, KIJHL)
|17/175; 9.71% (20th, KIJHL)
HOME: 7/71 ; 9.86% (20th, KIJHL)
|POWERPLAY %||OVERALL: 38/210 ; 18.57% (8th, KIJHL)
ROAD: 18/109; 16.51% (8th, KIJHL)
|195/223; 87.44% (4th, KIJHL)
HOME: 80/94; 85.11% (10th, KIJHL)
|PENALTY KILL %||OVERALL: 137/164; 83.54% (12th, KIJHL)
ROAD: 60/79 ; 75.95% (19th, KIJHL)
23G + 25A = 48 PTS
24G + 41A = 65 PTS
- It’s the 7th meeting of the season between the two teams. The Steam and the Coyotes will dance for the 3rd time at the Summerland Arena this season, and the 19th time in franchise history during the regular season. Summerland will look to improve a 2-16-0-1 home record against the ‘Yotes.
- In 39 career meetings with the Coyotes in the regular season, dating back to the 2011/12 inaugural season, the Steam are 9-29-0-1.
- The Steam can take solace in the fact they won the last one though, a 3-2 win in Oliver on January 10th. Matt Huber started and won in that game, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him start tonight as well with newcomer Matt Kostiw having started the past two games.
- Summerland’s ‘Big Guns’ were prominent in that game on January 10th. Jack Mills scored a goal, and Paulsen Lautard had a goal and an assist in the win. Summerland will need big efforts from their leaders again tonight if they want to have a chance to win.
- That win over the Coyotes was the start of a current 4 game winning streak that the Steam will ride into Friday night’s game. They sit 6 points back of the Coyotes for the division lead, and sit even in games played. Including Friday night the two teams will play each other two more times, and the outcome of those games could very well decide who wins the division and who finishes 2nd.
- The Steam will need to be disciplined to do that. That’s a given in any game, but particularly against a Coyotes PP that’s gone 10/37 against them this year. If the Steam can limit the Coyotes to four power play opportunities or less, they’ll have a chance to win the hockey game.
- At 5on5 the two teams are very evenly matched and play a ridiculously entertaining brand of hockey, and that was showcased on January 10th. Hopefully we get that game all over again tonight.
- For Osoyoos, I would expect to see recently acquired goaltender Stephen Heslop between the pipes. Brett Soles started in the Coyotes last game, a Wednesday night loss to the North Okanagan Knights.
- The Coyotes won’t be happy about that one. They let a 2-0 third period lead slip away and saw the Knights scored four unanswered goals, three of them in 2:32, to snatch the win on the Coyotes’ home turf.
- As always, Summerland will need to be mindful of Coyotes Captain Rainer Glimpel and his linemates, Bobby Larue and Braeden Tuck. The three have combined for 157 points this season, which is 7 more than the entire roster of the KIJHL’s 20th ranked team, the Golden Rockets.
- Coyotes F Bobby Larue (’95) rides a 3-game point streak into Friday night’s game. He has 7 points (4g+3a) in those three games. Last time he played the Steam was the back to back right after the holiday break, where he scored 4 goals in 2 Coyotes victories.
- Summerland will need a good forecheck on Friday night. Osoyoos has a couple of defenseman, Daniel Stone and Ryan Morrell in particular, who think the game at a very high level and do well to move the puck quickly. If Summerland allows them to do that, they’ll have success.
- It will be interesting to watch the physicality in Friday night’s game. Summerland is at their best when they can match their physicality with their speed and skill to win hockey games. Not very many teams match them in the skill/speed department, but the Coyotes DEFINITELY do.
- Expect fast paced, skilled hockey with some physicality and just a little bit of bad blood and you’ve got the perfect concoction for Steam/Coyotes Volume VII.
- Puck drop is 7:30 from ‘The Station’ at the Summerland Arena. Tickets can be picked up in advance at Nesters, or at the door starting at about 6PM. Keep in mind, when you buy a ticket for tonight’s game, it gets you a $5 ticket when you bring it to the door and show your ticket stub on Sunday afternoon for Summerland’s 2PM start with the Chase Heat.
- If you can’t be at the rink tonight, join Joel and I for the Webcast starting with the Best Western Inn at Penticton pre-game show at 7:15. We’ll (hopefully) have audio from both Coyotes Head Coach/GM Ken Law, as well as Summerland Interim Head Coach Wade Parker.