|28-14-0-0-2, 54 PTS||RECORD||33-9-1-0-1, 60 PTS|
|14-3-0-0-1||HOME / AWAY
|7-2-0-0-1||LAST 10 GAMES||8-2-0-0-0|
|2ND, OKANAGAN DIVISION||DIVISION RANK||1ST, OKANAGAN DIVISION|
3.30 GF PER GM (10th, KIJHL)
4.11 GF PER GAME (2ND, KIJHL)
2.43 PER GM (3rd, KIJHL)
1.98 GA PER GAME (1ST, KIJHL)
|23/192; 11.98% (15th, KIJHL)
HOME: 8/79 ; 10.13% (18th, KIJHL)
|POWERPLAY %||OVERALL: 41/224 ; 18.30% (7th, KIJHL)
ROAD: 19/117; 16.24% (8th, KIJHL)
|195/223; 87.44% (4th, KIJHL)
HOME: 80/94; 85.11% (10th, KIJHL)
|PENALTY KILL %||OVERALL: 148/176; 84.09% (12th, KIJHL)
ROAD: 65/85 ; 76.47% (19th, KIJHL)
26G + 29A = 55 PTS
24G + 45A = 69 PTS
- Meeting 8 of 8 is finally here as the Summerland Steam and the Osoyoos Coyotes head down the stretch to the playoffs. The ‘Yotes lead the division by 10 points, and 2nd place Summerland is 11 points clear of the 3rd place Kelowna Chiefs with 3 games in hand.
- Steam F Jack Mills leads the team with 55 points. With 8 games remaining he needs 10 points to tie, and 11 points to beat the Steam single season franchise record for points set by current Steam Assistant Coach Jordan McCallum back in 2011/12.
- The Steam got Jarrett Malchow back last weekend after missing 16 games. He scored a couple, helped a couple, and put a fight on the card in his return on Friday vs Revelstoke.
- Summerland picked up two wins last weekend, both by 6-2 scores, over Revelstoke and Kelowna. They did so without their captain, Paulsen Lautard, and defenseman Lathan McKinney, who are hopeful to return this weekend. Alex Williams also missed Sunday’s game vs Kelowna due to a suspension, but he will be eligible to play tonight vs Osoyoos.
- A visit to his old team brought out the best in Josh Pilon, who tallied a goal and 3 assists vs Revelstoke last Friday night. He added a goal and an assist against Kelowna on Sunday to give him 6 points in 2 games last weekend. He’ll look to continue the strong stretch vs the ‘Yotes on Friday.
- Braden Eliuk has been on a hot streak as well. He’s talled 13 points in his last 11 games, including 5 goals in his past 5 games. Two of those goals were game winners against his hometown Kelowna Chiefs.
- Finally, Matt Huber and Matt Kostiw have been splitting duties of late in the Summerland crease. Both were victorious last weekend, so I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to which gets the assignment against the first place Coyotes tonight.
- The Coyotes come in winners of 4 straight, including a 7-2 walloping of the Steam two weeks ago on January 22nd.
- Their Captain, Rainer Glimpel (’95) is the reigning Okanagan Conference Player of the Month for January. The 20-year-old from Calgary, AB put up 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points in 11 games in the month. He LOVES playing the Steam, so they’ll have to be cognizant of that going into tonight’s game. Glimpel’s amassed 16 points in 7 games played against Summerland this season.
- Bobby Larue is not far behind. Glimpel’s linemate, Larue’s been the benefactor of Glimpel’s great vision this season, and against Summerland it’s no different. He’s played in 6 of the 7 games in the season series, and has scored in every one. He’s got 8 goals and 13 points vs the Steam this year.
- Coyotes’ newly acquired goaltender Stephen Heslop has started 5 of 7 Coyotes games since being acquired from Princeton at the Jan 10 trading deadline. Incumbent goaltender Brett Soles has started the other two, but hasn’t started since January 20th and has not been on the bench for the last two Coyotes games.
- Heslop has been the goaltender of record for the last 4 wins for Osoyoos, and hasn’t lost since coming over from Princeton. He’ll likely get the nod tonight against the Steam again. He made 21 saves en route to a 7-2 Coyotes victory on January 22nd in Summerland.
- Puck drop tonight is 7:30 at the Summerland Arena and marks the start of 3 home games in 4 days for the Steam. They host the Coyotes tonight, the Revelstoke Grizzlies tomorrow night, and the Princeton Posse on Monday afternoon at 2PM.