In the final meeting of the 2015/16 season between the Summerland Steam and the Princeton Posse on Friday night, the Summerland Steam set out with a point to prove. It was evident from the opening face-off that they didn’t want this game to be as close as the last time they played the Posse, which resulted in a come-from-behind 4-3 win that took two third period goals to complete.
This game wasn’t as close. Summerland came out with a purpose early and put 10 shots on net in the first 7 minutes. All were thwarted by Posse goaltender Adam Jones, who was the single solitary reason the game didn’t turn into a total blowout. He was stellar in this game, making several saves he had no business making. A few of them you’ll see in the highlight package below.
The Steam would score 5 on the night from four different goal scorers. Cody Egilson would notch two, while Jarrett Malchow, Josh Pilon, and Michael MacLean would also convert for the home team. Pilon added two assists for a three point night, and Jack Mills chipped in two assists in the effort as well. Matt Huber made 20 saves on 21 attempts to pick up his 17th win of the season.
After the victory on Friday, Summerland sits with 32 wins and 66 points on the season. If they win their final two games, they’ll eclipse their win total and tie their point total from the 2013/14 season when they won the Okanagan Division Championship. With 2 wins in their final 2 games, the 2015/16 Steam would set a new Franchise Record for wins in a season.
Both of their final two games come against the North Okanagan Knights as both teams get set for the playoffs to start on Tuesday. Summerland will start at home vs Kelowna (7:30PM) while the Knights will travel to face the Osoyoos Coyotes (7:35PM) in round 1.
Puck drop tonight in Armstrong will go at 7:30PM, while tomorrow’s contest with the Knights at the Summerland Arena will be a 2PM start. Tickets for all Summerland Steam home games are available at a discounted price at Nesters Market in downtown Summerland.
Mike, Joel and I will be live for pre-game tomorrow at 1:45PM.