STEAM WIN BOTH TO FINISH FAMILY DAY WEEKEND

After a loss to their arch-rivals, the Osoyoos Coyotes, on Friday night, the Summerland Steam went back to work Saturday against the Revelstoke Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, sitting in 4th place in the Doug Birks Division, were coming in looking for revenge on Saturday night at the Summerland Arena. That revenge was being sought after Summerland took them to the woodshed to the tune of 6-2 in their own barn eight days earlier.

Revelstoke’s only visit to the Summerland Arena this season ended the same way Summerland’s visit to the Forum did, with a Summerland victory. This one was a 4-1 win that got Summerland on the right track headed into their Family Day matinee with the Princeton Posse. The Steam got off to a good start, and put the pressure on the Grizzlies early in the game.

This forced the Grizzlies back into their own zone and allowed Summerland to get to work on offense and get the first goal. Cody Egilson, Paulsen Lautard, Raphael Bassot, and Wyatt Gale (tipping an Adam Jones shot) scored for the Steam in the victory over Revelstoke. Matt Huber started for the Steam and made 18 saves in the victory, his 15th win of the year.

 

Here are the highlights:

 

The Steam did good work to switch gears after a loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes (2-1) on Friday night. They came out with another good start, and continued through with a full 60 minute effort to pick up the victory. They’d look to do the same in a rare Monday afternoon game with the Princeton Posse just 36 hours after their victory over Revelstoke.

Again, they’d come out with a strong start but it would be the Princeton Posse who would strike first. Kirt Fortney would score on one of only two Posse shots in the first period, as the Steam outshot the Posse 10-2. Adam Jones was strong in the Princeton goal to fend off the home team in a first period that saw the Steam dominate zone time and shots on net, but trail 1-0 going to the second period. In the second they’d go down 2-0 thanks to another goal from Fortney. The puck came in from the point of the stick of former Steam D Matthew Monk, hit Fortney, and fluttered by Steam starter Matt Kostiw as he was headed across the net to track the initial shot.

The Steam would then start the comeback trail, getting on the board courtesy of a pretty little play from Jack Mills to find Paulsen Lautard. The captain’s 22nd would bring the Steam within one, but Keith Comte would restore Princeton’s two goal lead with 4:30 remaining in the second frame. The two goal lead wouldn’t last long, just 2:02, before Jack Mills was able to pull the Steam back within one with his 27th of the season.

The Steam would head to the third trailing by a goal, and things would stay that way until the mid-way point of the third period. Summerland would capitalize while shorthanded, their 13th shorthanded goal of the season, as they forced a turnover in the middle of the Princeton zone. Braden Eliuk and Wyatt Gale worked the puck to the net, and Gale was the one that beat Adam Jones for his 11th of the season.

Summerland would find some more success just 1:20 later, and this one would stand as a game winner from Jack Mills. Mills’ conference leading 28th of the season came off some good work on the penalty kill by he and teammate Paulsen Lautard. They worked the puck through the neutral zone as a penalty expired, and Cody Egilson joined his linemates on the cycle in the offensive zone. He’d move the puck to the middle where Mills was able to slide a backhand through Adam Jones to give the Steam the lead that would hold as the final score. Matt Kostiw picked up the win, making 10 saves for his 4th KIJHL win.

 

Highlights:

 

The Steam now have a week of practice ahead before heading out on the road on Saturday night. They’ll go to Armstrong for a meeting with the North Okanagan Knights in Armstrong. They’ll play the Knights 3 times in their final 5 games before entering the playoffs into a first round matchup with the Kelowna Chiefs. Summerland’s next home game is Sunday, February 14th when the league’s best offense, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, come to town for a 2PM start presented by the Best Western Inn at Penticton.

 

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