STEAM FINISH 2015/16 SEASON WITH PERFECT WEEKEND

 

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Photo: Sarah Mayer

The Summerland Steam are a good hockey team. It showed this past weekend as the Steam finished the regular season with 3 wins in 2.5 days to etch themselves in the history book with their 34th victory on Sunday afternoon. That victory, a 4-1 win over the North Okanagan Knights, gave the 2015/16 edition of the Summerland Steam the most regular season victories in franchise history, and tied them for the most points in a season with the 2013/14 Division Championship team.

On Friday the Steam dumped the Princeton Posse by a score of 5-1. Cody Egilson scored twice while Michael MacLean, Josh Pilon and Jarrett Malchow also tallied for the home team. Matt Huber picked up the victory. Highlights:

On Saturday night the Steam made their final road trip of the regular season to Armstrong, where they came home with a 4-3 victory over the Knights. Raphie Bassot scored Summerland’s league leading 15th (!!) shorthanded goal of the year near the midway point of the third period to give the Steam the victory. Matt Kostiw picked up the victory in goal, while Michael McLean, Michael McEachern and Paulsen Lautard also tallied for the Steam in the victory.

With the team being just one win from that record, they hosted the North Okanagan Knights again on Sunday afternoon for the final time, coming away with that 4-1 victory. Braden Eliuk, Michael MacLean, Jack Mills, and Scott Robinson scored the goals, while Matt Huber picked up his 18th victory of the season. He faced just 12 shots in the victory to give the Steam their franchise record 34th regular season victory. Highlights:

 

That wasn’t the only record to fall on the weekend. On Saturday night in North Okanagan, a 4-3 win for Summerland, Jack Mills became the Steam Franchise’s new single season point leader with 66. Mills recorded an assist on a goal from Michael McLean to eclipse the record, which was held to that point by Steam Assistant Coach Jordan McCallum. McCallum recorded 65 points during his one season in a Steam uniform in 2011/12.

With all the records that have been broken this season by this Summerland Steam squad, one can’t help but look back fondly. You can look back at the 4-1 start to September, the miserable 4-7 month of October that did nothing but strengthen the bond between 25 young men, or the unbelievable 8-1 run they put together in November. Who can forget a 17 game point streak for Riley Pettitt that lasted from October 18 to December 13?

You can look at January 3rd when Captain Paulsen Lautard became the Steam franchise’s all-time leader in Goals scored in the regular season, or this past weekend when the boys put 3 wins together in 2.5 days to set a new win record at 34. You can’t forget Jack Mills and his push to the single season point record, recording 26 points (11g+15a) in his final 18 games to secure his place in Steam history.

All of these records and achievements deserve their own recognition, and will likely get it when this crazy roller coaster ends (hopefully) several weeks from now. Unfortunately with the playoff format there’s only one day to look back, but much more glory potentially awaits. Head Coach John Depourcq has said to us several times this season that this 2015/16 version of the Summerland Steam is the best group of kids he’s ever had in Steam jerseys, and they’ve got a great opportunity to go a long way. With the right mix of size, speed and skill, and just the right amount of luck, this team has the ability to make a deep run at a KIJHL Championship. With the book on the regular season now firmly closed, we can look ahead to the best time of the year. The playoffs.

It all starts between the Summerland Steam and the Kelowna Chiefs on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30PM at the Summerland Arena. Check out the preview here in a little while, and have a look at the full schedule over at summerlandsteam.com

 

 

 

 

 

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