Not always does a team play 3 games in 3 days. Even rarer is it that all three games need overtime in order to be settled. That, however, is what happened last weekend as the Summerland Steam played their only ‘3in3’ of the season.
They opened the weekend with a 5-4 2OT loss to the rival Osoyoos Coyotes in a game that Summerland led 3-0 and 4-1. They were very good in that Friday night game, but as Assistant Coach Carter Rigby said in his interview on Sunday, ‘penalties came back to bite us’.
Osoyoos scored twice on the powerplay and once at the tail end of a powerplay on their way to a comeback victory that saw Carter Shannon net 4 points including a hat trick and the OT winner. Austin Cleaver and Coyotes Captain Daniel Stone also scored for the visitors, while Wyatt Gale scored twice for the Steam. Ben Dietrich-Scammell and Josh Pilon added the others in a losing effort.
After a letdown at the end of Friday night, the Steam went into Princeton to play the Posse on Saturday. In a low scoring affair, the Steam fell again in overtime, courtesy of an unbelievable solo effort from Owen Reith. Drew Carter opened the scoring for Princeton in the first period, and the score remained 1-0 until the 3 minute mark of the third period, thanks in large part to Chandler Billinghurst. Billinghurst, the Posse goalie, wasn’t tested much in the first two periods. He was, however, peppered in the third period and was able to keep his team afloat until the final 3 minutes. Riley Pettitt finally broke through, scoring his fourth of the year on a Steam powerplay to even the score at 1 and secure at least a point.
Cue Owen Reith. The only good scoring chance of overtime came off the stick of Reith, and it was a beauty. The Princeton forward picked up the puck in neutral ice, and danced his way around 3 Summerland defenders, sliding the puck past an outstretched Matt Huber to secure the Posse their first win of the year.
It was a game Summerland didn’t deserve a single point in, let alone two, in my opinion. They weren’t sharp in the first two periods, and had some defensive malfunction throughout the night. They were able to fight back in the third though and earn a point.
The Steam would close out the weekend with a home date with the Kamloops Storm on Sunday afternoon. This time, they’d come out on top in 2OT by a score of 3-2 and play arguably the best game of the year (from an entertainment standpoint) to date. The Storm always have a good team. Head Coach Ed Patterson and his staff always do a great job recruiting, and this year is no exception. With 11 ’99 born players on their roster, they’re going to be very good for years to come.
On Sunday, the Storm were at the end of a’ 3in3′ as well. On Friday they beat the Princeton Posse 3-2, before losing 6-3 in Osoyoos on Saturday. On Sunday, both teams came out hard, but you could tell there was a bit of a feeling out period. It took them a few minutes to get going, but once they did it was a very exciting hockey game.
Jarrett Malchow opened the scoring for the Steam on the powerplay with his second of the season. It only took Kamloops 36 seconds, however, and we had a 1-1 tie courtesy of Storm forward Hayden Dick.
The score stayed locked at 1 until another Steam powerplay goal, this one by Josh Pilon, put the Steam ahead 2-1 with 12:31 remaining. It looked like that would be enough for the home team, as they looked to be in control.
That changed late in the game, with just over 5 minutes to play, as a defensive turnover 8 feet in front of Matt Huber was picked up by Kole Comin and deposited into the net behind a sprawling Huber. The goal tied the game, and send us to overtime for a 3rd consecutive day.
Like Friday, nothing happened in OT number one. In 3on3 OT it was Steven Fiust who notched his first as a member of the Steam on breakaway. He picked up the puck in neutral ice and had a clear path to the goal. A sprawling CJ Corrazin of the Kamloops Storm made a last ditch effort to stop Fiust, and swung his stick right into the face of the Steam Forward. Fiust went down temporarily, but was able to get back up and beat Storm goalie Aris Anagnostopoulis on the glove side to win the game and salvage a good weekend for his team.
The Steam now face Sicamous and Kelowna on back to back nights this weekend before a Tuesday night tilt with the North Okanagan Knights on October 4.