It was a tough series as the Summerland Steam defeated the Kelowna Chiefs in six games in Junior B hockey playoff action.
Going into the series, the Steam were in second place in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference: Okanagan Division in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. The Chiefs were in third place.
The playoffs brought the teams together in an intense, action-packed best of seven series which began Feb. 23.
The Summerland Steam began the division semifinals with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kelowna Chiefs on Feb. 23.
The game was at the Summerland Arena..
The first period was scoreless.
In the second period, Josh Kobelka of Kelowna scored for the Chiefs at 13:35, assisted by Ty Dornn and Jace Woodley.
The Chiefs added a second goal at 5:25 when Jonathan Lee scored, assisted by Josh Baird.
The Steam’s goals did not come until late in the third period.
At 2:50, Paulsen Lautard scored for Summerland, assisted by Jack Mills and Jarrett Malchow.
Later, with 48 seconds remaining, a goal by Mills, assisted by Adam Jones, brought the game to a tie.
The game went into double overtime.
The deciding goal came at 18:02 in the second overtime period when Dakota Kittle of Kelowna scored, assisted by Luke Kalenuik and Lee.
On Feb. 25 the Summerland Steam hosted the Kelowna Chiefs, winning 2-1.
There was no scoring in the first period.
In the second period, Summerland’s first goal came at 19:04, scored by Mills and assisted by Malchow and Eliuk.
In the third period, Summerland scored at 14:49. The goal was scored by Hadley and assisted by Malchow.
Kelowna scored at 2:32 with a goal scored by Baird and assisted by Kalenuik.
On Feb. 26 the Chiefs defeated the Steam 5-2 in Kelowna.
In the first period, the Chiefs’ first goal came at 14:40, scored by Josh Johnston and assisted by Brayden Dale.
The Steam responded at 9:31 with a goal by Michael Maclean, assisted by Alex Williams and McEachern.
Then the Steam added a power play goal at 8:32, scored by Scott Robinson and assisted by Eliuk and Wyatt Gale.
In the second period, the Chiefs’ next goal came at 3:51, scored by Jeffery Shlegel and assisted by Kelsey Bryne and Baird.
In the third period the Chiefs scored at 6:35. The goal was scored by Kobelka assisted by Woodley.
The Chiefs added an empty net goal 1:09, scored by Jaden McNulty unassisted.
Kelowna added a second empty net goal with 33 seconds remaining. Baird scored, assisted by Brody Dale and Jaden McNulty.
On Feb. 27 the Chiefs hosted the Steam, playing to a 3-2 win for Summerland.
In the first period the Steam got a short handed goal at 17:45, scored by Riley Pettitt. The goal was unassisted.
The Steam’s second goal at 10:53 was scored by Malchow assisted by Lautard.
In the second period, the Chiefs scored their first goal on a power play at 14:15 by Kalenuik, assisted by Lee and Dakota Kittle.
In the third period the Chiefs scored their second goal on a power play at 16:25 by Lee assisted by Baird and Kalenuik.
The Steam’s second goal came at 2:45, scored by Gale assisted by Maclean
On Feb. 29, the Steam defeated the Chiefs 4-3 in overtime at home.
Summerland opened scoring at 18:02 in the first period with a goal by Josh Pilon, assisted by McEachern and Eliuk.
The Steam then added a power play goal at 15:35, scored by Pettitt and assisted by Mills and Lautard.
In the second period, the Chiefs added two goals to bring the game to a tie.
At 19:16, McNulty scored, assisted by Dale
At 14:40, Lee scored on a power play, assisted by Kalenuik.
In the third period, the Chiefs took the lead at 17:14 when Kaleniuk scored, assisted by Dakota Kittle.
A power play goal by the Steam at 10:33 tied the game. Pilon scored the goal while Eliuk had the assist.
The deciding goal, at 4:53 in overtime, came when Gale of Summerland scored, assisted by McEachern and Lautard.
In the final game of the series, the Steam travelled to Rutland where they shut out the Chiefs 3-0.
After a scoreless first period, McEachern scored for Summerland at 8:24, assisted by Pilon and Malchow.
At 1:36, Eliuk added the second steam goal, assisted by McEachern and Brogan Lautard.
The third goal came late in the third period when Mills scored on an empty net.
Summerland will now face the top ranked Osoyoos Coyotes in the Okanagan Division Final.
This is the second consecutive year the two teams have faced each other in division final action.
Last year, the Coyotes won that best of seven series after six games.