STEAM FALL SHORT IN PAIR OF WEEKEND GAMES

Coming into this past weekend, the Summerland Steam looked like they had it all together. They were winners of four in a row, including that ever-elusive win over the Osoyoos Coyotes on January 10th. They were looking to ride the streak through the weekend and stretch it to six headed on the road this coming weekend, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Instead they had a pair of incomplete efforts net them two losses and no points. They knew they would face a couple of stiff tests this weekend, and looked pretty good from the start on Friday night against the Osoyoos Coyotes. Carter Shannon opened the scoring for the ‘Yotes, in what turned out to be a see-saw first two periods. After Shannon was sprung on a pass from Rainer Glimpel, Wyatt Gale did the same on a pass from Riley Pettitt for the Steam. Gale’s 10th of the season beat new ‘Yotes goaltender Stephen Heslop up over the glove to tie things at 1.

The Coyotes would get another one before the end of the first period, courtesy of Hunter Johnson on a good three-way passing play down low. That goal came near the end of the first period, and staked the Coyotes to a 2-1 lead.

The lead would stand until near the midway mark of the period, when the monkey finally came off the back of the Summerland Steam power play. Braden Eliuk would capitalize on a Summerland PP, beating Heslop from the slot with a good shot that broke an 0/49 streak of infertility from the Steam’s PP.

The Steam dominated the majority of the 2nd period, and looked like they would go to the break tied at 2 at worst when the Coyotes struck with just :52 remaining in the period. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Rainer Glimpel made a great play to put the puck in the corner to Colin Bell. Bell fed it back to Glimpel, who bumped back to a wide open Cody Allen. He beat Steam starter Matt Kostiw over his glove to put the ‘Yotes back in front 3-2.

From there things came unglued for the Summerland Steam. It went from a game they looked to have a chance to win, to a game they had NO chance of winning very quickly. A bad seven minutes in the third period resulted in the score climbing to 7-2 thanks to goals from Hunter Johnson (his 2nd), Jackson Glimpel, Judd Repole, and finally Bobby Larue on a breakaway to cap the scoring at 7-2.

That spelled the end of the night for Matt Kostiw, who despite the stats, had a pretty good night. He didn’t get a whole lot of help defensively, if any at all. Here’s the highlights:

 

The two teams will go head to head again February 5th at the Summerland Arena for the 8th and final time during the regular season. Summerland currently holds a 1-6 record against the Coyotes.

 

After an off-day Saturday, the Steam went back to work on Sunday afternoon against the Chase Heat. They were looking to get revenge for what is probably their most bitter loss this season just 16 days prior in Chase against this same Heat team. The Steam had a 4-2 lead on the hometown Heat on January 8th with 2:20 to play, but couldn’t bring home the two points as the Heat scored twice in the final 2:11 to force OT. Brad Whitehead then ended it in OT to cap the comeback for the Heat.

On Sunday in Summerland, the script was much like Friday night for the home team. They got off to a good start, and staked themselves out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of firsts. Lathan McKinney opened the scoring for the Steam with his first of this KIJHL season after some good work down low from Andrew York and Cole Williams. McKinney’s first shot hit Josh Pilon in front of Heat goaltender Daniel Toews, but he retrieved his own rebound and potted it for a 1-0 lead.

Just a few minutes later it was a KIJHL first for Andrew York. His first KIJHL goal came with 4:16 remaining in the first period, and put the Steam up 2-0. A turnover in the neutral zone allowed the Steam to come through the zone unimpeded, and Cole Williams did some good work to get the puck on net. There, a streaking York picked up the rebound and buried it on the backhand for his first KIJHL goal.

Tommy Brown would steal a bit of the KIJHL Rookie’s thunder though, as he would move in off the ensuing face-off and bury a pass from Josh Bourne behind Steam goaltender Matt Huber. That made the score 2-1 with 4:05 to go in the period, and the next shift sparked this tilt between Steam F/D Michael McEachern and Heat F Pat Brady:

 

Michael Fidanza would then score on the power play with 1:44 to play in the period to send us to the second tied at 2. That tie would be broken just under 3 minutes into the period, courtesy of Jack Mills’ 24th of the season. Mills took a pass from behind the net and buried a puck behind Daniel Toews from the slot. Paulsen Lautard and Keenan Scott would draw assists on the goal that put Summerland ahead 3-2.

Another power play goal would then draw the Heat even with just 10:07 remaining in the 2nd period. After Summerland was looking up ice to create a shorthanded opportunity, the puck was turned over in the neutral zone. It allowed the Heat to come back the other way 3-on-2, and Kaden Black made a great cross-crease pass to Austin Willier who buried his 6th to tie the game back up. Again, on the very next shift, Summerland’s Calvin Hadley and Chase’s Travis Beaubien decided they’d shed the mitts and have a go. Pretty good tilt, this one was:

 

The fight would be the only notable part of the final 10:00 of the 2nd period, and we went to the third like we did the second: tied. Like the third period on Friday, Summerland just couldn’t get anything going, and only generated three shots at goal. The Heat meanwhile, took over, and scored what would be the game winner just 3:11 into the third period. Cole Perison would get the goal, and Josh Bourne would get the primary assist after a great pass. He dug the puck from a scrum in the corner to the left of Huber, fed out to the left point to a waiting Perison, who walked in and wired his first of the year over the glove. The shot was a thing of beauty, popping the water bottle and smashing the lid in spectacular fashion. Here are all the highlights:

Bourne would then add to his point total with an empty netter in the closing moments to send Chase to a 5-3 victory and salvage a split in their weekend Okanagan road trip. The Steam, meanwhile, went home empty handed and found themselves going back to the practice ice to prepare for two road games this coming weekend in Revelstoke on Friday, and Kelowna on Sunday.

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