Sean Wilson of the North Okanagan Knights fights off Harley Bootsma and Ullar Wiatzka of the Revelstoke Grizzlies in a KIJHL double overtime thriller. The Knights will be in Summerland Friday to take on the Steam at the Summerland Arena. Lisa Mazurek/Black Press

Steam play Knights, Coyotes in KIJHL action

The Summerland Steam are headed into another big weekend against North Okanagan, Osoyoos

The Summerland Steam are riding a three-game winning streak as they host the North Okanagan Knights Friday.

The Knights, two wins, four losses, a tie and an overtime loss, visit Summerland Arena with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.

“I know North Okanagan is going to come into our barn and they are always a hard working team,” said Steam coach John DePourcq.

The Steam coach added if his players match the Knights intensity, their talent gives the Steam an opportunity to win. The Steam, with eight wins in 10 games to start the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, are always facing new challenges according to DePourcq.

“If we do those little things, and do them well, we stand a chance to hopefully win a hockey game,” said DePourcq. “It’s just preparing our group of the way we need to play.”

Currently the Steam own the second best record in the KIJHL at 8-2-0, one point behind the Grand Forks Border Bruins, at 8-3-0-1.

It’s the first meeting between the team and the Knights. On Saturday, the Steam travel south on Highway 97 to face the Osoyoos Coyotes, 5-3-1, at 7:35 p.m. In their last meeting, the Coyotes won 4-2. DePourcq vividly remembers watching his players outshoot them 32-18, while hitting three cross bars and a post.

“I have been very happy with how the boys are playing. That talent is competing,” he said. “That’s been a big key to our early success.”

Coyotes coach Ken Law said he’s sure the game will be as exciting as the last one.

“We’re starting to battle into everything we have been trying to show them,” said Law, adding the group had a bit of a slow start. “Our back end was a little bit of a rebuild. It was all new to some of the younger guys coming in. It was a bit of a learning curve. They are starting to buy in now and trust in each other.”

Before playing the Steam, the Coyotes will travel to 100 Mile House on Oct. 13 to play the Wranglers.

In other Steam news, backup goalie Brandon Peacock was signed by the B.C. Hockey League’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks, as reported by the Trolley Talk blog. The Silverbacks have won five of 11 games on the season.

“We always knew there was a strong possibility that Brandon wasn’t going to be with us all season,” said Steam GM Mike Rigby to the Trolley Talk blog. “He’s a very good young goaltender who was close to being in Junior A to start the season, and it just didn’t work out that way. We were very lucky to have him here even for a short period of time, and we wish him the best as he moves on to join Salmon Arm.”

The Steam have filled Peacock’s spot, acquiring Owen Petten from the Castlegar Rebels in exchange for future considerations. Petten is expected to backup Matthew Huber when the Steam host the Knights. After landing Petten, Rigby made another deal, also with the Rebels, picking up 18-year-old forward Brady Olson for the playing rights to 19-year-old forward Calvin Rout.

Just Posted

October power disruptions planned

Summerland to upgrade switches at electrical substation

Student leadership conference hits home

Nearly 500 Grade 5 students taking part in leadership conference in Penticton

Regional district and city hoping to curb bad recycling behaviours

City of Penticton and the RDOS are teaming up to eliminate contaminates

Penticton patient care tower fundraising going strong

About $14.3 million in donations for the Penticton hospital has come in

Exercising her right to fight

Thinking inside the box helped push Geneva Kostashen through cancer treatment

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Raven story shines light at Children’s Showcase

Season opener of the Children’s Showcase in Penticton

Okanagan Taste: Snacks and what to pair with them

Your guide to for the go-to snacks and beverage pairings for sports season

Dirty book sale

Penticton Public Library hosting its annual book sale

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read