Adam Jones of the Summerland Steam controls the puck in a playoff hockey game against the Osoyoos Coyotes. The third game in the best of seven playoff series was in Summerland on March 8.

Adam Jones of the Summerland Steam controls the puck in a playoff hockey game against the Osoyoos Coyotes. The third game in the best of seven playoff series was in Summerland on March 8.

Steam lose to Coyotes in hockey playoffs

Despite an early lead, the Summerland Steam lost to the Osoyoos Coyotes in a 7-4 decision on Tuesday evening.

Despite an early lead, the Summerland Steam lost to the Osoyoos Coyotes in a 7-4 decision on Tuesday evening.

The game, at the Summerland Arena, was the third in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Division Final in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Calvin Hadley of the Steam opened scoring with an unassisted goal at 18:03 in the first period.

The Coyotes responded with a power play goal at 10:55, scored by Daniel Stone and assisted by Bobby LaRue.

A short-handed Coyotes goal at 6:07 cemented the lead for Osoyoos. The goal was scored by Stone with assists by Drew Carter and Rainer Glimpel.

The second period opened with an Osoyoos goal at 19:51. The goal was scored by Glimpel, unassisted.

Josh Pilon of the Steam narrowed the gap with a power play goal at 16:49. Adam Jones and Braden Eliuk assisted.

The Coyotes responded with two goals in quick succession.

Hunter Johnson scored at 12:47, assisted by Levi Morin. Then, at 12:41, Judd Repole added an unassisted goal.

The Coyotes added a power play goal at 9:21. The goal was scored by Reid Wilson and assisted by Carter and Cody Allen.

In the third period, Summerland picked up steam as Pilon scored on a power play at 18:41. Jack Mills had the assist.

Andrew York of the Steam added another goal at 14:57, with assists by Cole Williams and Eliuk.

The Coyotes’ final goal came at 1:11 in the third period when Carter Shannon scored an unassisted empty net goal.

The next game in the best of seven series is on Wednesday, March 9 in Summerland. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Then, on Saturday, March 12, the Steam will travel to Osoyoos for the fifth game of the series. Game time is 8:35 p.m.

If necessary, the sixth game will be in Summerland on Sunday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. The seventh game, if necessary will be in Osoyoos on Monday, March 14 at 7:35 p.m.

The Coyotes lead the best of seven series 2-1

In regular season play, the Coyotes finished in first place in their division while the Steam were in second place.