Steam add three wins in Junior B hockey

The Summerland Steam dominated in Junior B hockey action with three consecutive wins over the past week.

The Summerland Steam dominated in Junior B hockey action with three consecutive wins over the past week.

On Jan. 12, the Steam defeated the Princeton Posse 4-1 on home ice.

After a scoreless first period, Summerland took the lead at 14:15 in the second period when Riley Pettitt scored, assisted by Wyatt Gale.

A goal by Paulsen Lautard at 2:37 reinforced the lead. Braden Eliuk and Scott Robinson assisted.

In the third period, Michael McEachern scored for the Steam at 15:28, assisted by Jack Mills and Keenan Scott.

Princeton’s sole goal came on a power play at 12:08.

An empty net goal by Robinson, with 50 seconds remaining, ended the game. Andrew York and Josh Pilon assisted.

On Friday, the Steam hosted the Spokane Braves, playing to a 1-0 win.

The Steam’s goal came at 16:19 in the second period, when Pilon scored, assisted by Lathan McKinney and Raphael Bassot.

On Sunday, the Steam travelled to the Rutland Arena, defeating the Kelowna Chiefs in a 4-2 decision.

Pettitt scored for the Steam at 10:20 in the first period, assisted by Adam Jones and Eliuk.

After two Kelowna goals in the second period, Jones scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 3:19 to tie the game.

The Steam scored twice in the third period.

At 2:11, Eliuk scored from Gale and Pettitt to regain Summerland’s lead.

The final goal, with 43 seconds remaining, was an unassisted empty net goal by Mills.

The Steam have 26 wins, 12 losses and two overtime losses in regular season action this year. This puts Summerland in second place in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan Division in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Summerland and the Osoyoos Coyotes have both clinched playoff spots in the division.