NORTH OKANAGAN KNIGHTS
|30-15-0-0-2, 62 PTS||RECORD||13-26-3-0-5, 34 PTS|
|14-9-0-0-1||AWAY / HOME
|7-3-0-0-0||LAST 10 GAMES||4-5-0-0-1|
|2ND, OKANAGAN DIVISION||DIVISION RANK||4TH, OKANAGAN DIVISION|
3.28 GF PER GM (10th, KIJHL)
2.28 GF PER GAME (17TH, KIJHL)
2.40 PER GM (4TH, KIJHL)
3.02 GA PER GAME (12TH, KIJHL)
|25/201; 12.44% (15th, KIJHL)
ROAD: 15/113 ; 13.27% (12th, KIJHL)
|POWERPLAY %||OVERALL: 34/271 ; 12.45% 14th, KIJHL)
HOME: 20/128; 15.63% (12th, KIJHL)
|239/273; 87.55% (3rd, KIJHL)
ROAD: 137/153; 89.54% (1ST, KIJHL)
|PENALTY KILL %||OVERALL: 237/271; 87.45% (4th, KIJHL)
HOME: 116/134 ; 86.57% (6TH, KIJHL)
28G + 31A = 59 PTS
13G + 21A = 34 PTS
- For the first time in 135 days, the Summerland Steam ride the bus to Armstrong to play the North Okanagan Knights at the Nor-Val Centre. Puck drop is 7:30PM.
- The Steam and the Knights have played three times since the last meeting at Nor-Val, all Summerland home wins. That last trip to Armstrong was October 2nd, and resulted in a 3-1 loss. Summerland got out to an early 1-0 lead, but Blaine Caton scored twice for the Knights including the empty netter to seal the deal.
- Caton has since departed, signing with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL in mid-October.
- The Knights are led by Graeme Watkins on the scoresheet, but they’re much more than that. Watkins is a hard-nosed, ‘no nonsense’ type of player, and leads by example. He’s exactly the type of player Head Coach Bryant Perrier likes to have on his team, and the rest of the team seems to feed off the energy that Watkins and the rest of the Knights leadership group brings to the table each and every night.
- Despite the record and where they sit in the standings, the Knights are a dangerous team. I say that because the Knights never quit. They work hard every shift of every game, so Summerland better show up with their work boots on if they want a shot to beat the Knights.
- Riley Pettitt and Jarrett Malchow both missed Summerland’s last game against Princeton on February 8th. They are both expected back in the lineup on Saturday night.
- After struggling for the majority of the season, Summerland’s power play has shown life in their past 7 games. As a matter of fact it hasn’t just shown life, it’s been potent, going 8/26 for nearly 31% efficiency.
- The string of success comes on the heels of an 0-for-50 slump that lasted 47 days and 12 games between December 6th vs Sicamous and January 22nd vs Osoyoos.
- Despite their power play not being a factor, the Steam have continued to find ways to win and will have to do so again with just 5 games remaining before the KIJHL Playoffs.
- A big reason for their success has been their solid defense and good goaltending from Matt Huber and Matt Kostiw. Both give the coaching staff and management team a good option to go with on any given night.
- Against North Okanagan, Summerland goaltenders have been particularly good. In 5 games so far this season, the collection of Summerland goaltenders has allowed just 8 goals against, including 2 goose eggs from Matt Huber.
- Puck drop goes from Nor-Val tonight at 7:30 and you can catch all the action on Playfullscreen.com. Summerland returns home for a 2PM date with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks tomorrow afternoon. Beaver Valley is in Princeton tonight after falling 5-1 to the Osoyoos Coyotes on Friday night.