STEAM FALL TO COYOTES, PREPARE FOR GRIZZLIES SATURDAY

 

It’s not very often that only 1:23 of a Summerland Steam, Osoyoos Coyotes contest is worth putting in a highlight package. In fact, this one’s a first, and it’s because the technological demons were out to get our broadcast last night.

Thankfully, the game on the ice wasn’t affected, and it was a good one. It was a game that Summerland controlled the majority of, they just couldn’t find a way to get more than a goal past Osoyoos goaltender Stephen Heslop in a 2-1 loss. It felt like a playoff game, and both teams played it pretty cautiously through the first half before the pace started to produce some offense.

The home team got out to a good start, outshooting the Coyotes 9-4 in a first period that ended 0-0. Summerland did good work to dictate the play and make smart, disciplined plays that continued to push them forward. The new-look like of Riley Pettitt, Jack Mills and Paulsen Lautard was buzzing all night, and would be responsible for the only Summerland goal of the night.

Before they could get that goal though, Colin Bell got the visitors on the scoreboard and out to a 1-0 lead. With Summerland attempting to kill a 5-on-3, Adam Jones did some good work to suppress the Osoyoos power play early. He got down deep and pressured the ‘Yotes into a couple of mistakes, but eventually they got out of their own zone. Once they did, they were able to set up on offense and go to work around the Steam PK.

The Coyotes struck quickly after they got set up, and it was Colin Bell out front tapping a loose puck past Steam goaltender Matt Kostiw. The puck came loose after it was worked to the low side to Rainer Glimpel from Ryan Morrell at the point. Glimpel’s initial pass attempt was blocked by a sprawling Keenan Scott, but Glimpel retrieved the puck and sent it to the goalmouth. There, Bell tapped it in for his 10th of the season to give the ‘Yotes a lead with 4:03 remaining in the 2nd period.

Summerland would come back with a power play goal of their own just under 2 minutes later to tie things up. After a good zone entry, Riley Pettitt took a hit to make a play. He was driven hard from behind into the boards, but he got the puck to Adam Jones. Jones made a move to the middle and a pass to Keenan Scott, who ripped a shot at the net. Coyotes goaltender Stephen Heslop made the initial save, but Steam captain Paulsen Lautard was there to clean up the rebound and tie the game at 1 with his 20th of the season.

Summerland gave up a little in the second period, having to kill a couple of penalties, but were happy to get out of it tied at 1. It looked like they were going to get back to work early in the third, but Colin Bell had other ideas. He picked up the puck and made a solo dash through the neutral zone, beating a Summerland defender with a pretty move and going five-hole on Matt Kostiw. Bell’s 11th of the season would stand to be the winner, as Summerland put 13 shots on net in the third period but were unable to solve Heslop.

With the 2-1 loss, the Steam move to 1-7 against the Coyotes this season. They’ll look to move forward and have a short memory on Saturday night when the Revelstoke Grizzlies come to town. The Steam put a 6-2 beatdown on the Grizzlies last Friday night in Revelstoke, albeit with the Grizzlies missing 6 regulars to illness. The Grizzlies will be better prepared tonight, for sure, and we should be in for a great contest!

Puck drop goes at 7:30 from the Summerland Arena, and if all goes to plan we should be on for pre-game at 7:15.

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