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Summerland Steam lead playoff series

The Summerland Steam and the Kelowna Chiefs faced off three times in three days of Junior B playoff hockey action.
Paulson Lautard of the Summerland Steam prepares to pass the puck at the Kelowna net during a home game against the Chiefs on Saturday. While Summerland suffered a 3-1 loss in that game

The Summerland Steam and the Kelowna Chiefs faced off three times in three days of Junior B playoff hockey action.

The Steam won on Friday and Sunday, but lost at home on Saturday.

Friday’s home game ended in a 3-2 win for Summerland.

Kendell Wilson opened scoring with a goal at 8:51, assisted by Nelson Hurry and Calvin Hadley.

At 8:20, the Chiefs responded to tie the game.

The Chiefs took the lead with a goal at 7:29 in the second period.

In the third period, Daylan Robertson scored unassisted on a power play at 5:50.

Jarrett Malchow added a goal at 5:09, assisted by Wyatt Gale and Riley Pettitt.

Saturday’s game, also in Summerland, ended in a 3-1 loss for the Steam.

The Chiefs began with a goal at 15:03.

In the second period, Jack Mills of the Steam scored unassisted at 17:25.

Kelowna responded with a power play goal at 6:44.

A goalie interference penalty in the second period resulted in a one-game suspension for Jack Mills, the Steam’s leading scorer.

The final goal came with 43 seconds remaining when the Chiefs scored an unassisted empty net goal.

“We outshot them, but we just couldn’t score,” Steam co-owner and general manager Gregg Wilson said after the game.

He said the game was a disappointment, but the team was able to improve for the third game of the series.

“They learned from it. In Game 3 they came at it with a different mindset,” Wilson said.

Sunday evening’s game, in Kelowna, ended in a 10-4 win for the Steam.

The tone of the game began in the first period.

At 10:14, Coleton Fisher scored from Braden Eliuk. This was followed by a second goal at 6:24 when Paulsen Lautard scored on a power play. He was assisted by Robertson and Michael McEachern.

The Chiefs managed to score at 18:43 in the second period, but the Steam responded with five consecutive goals.

At 18:00, Wilson scored from Nelson Hurry and Cody Egilson. At 13:22, Lautard scored from Robertson and Adam Jones.

Egilson scored at 9:38, assisted by Hurry and Wilson.

At 8:25, Woodliffe scored unassisted.

Eliuk scored at 7:20, assisted by Tyson Klingspohn.

The Chiefs added a power play goal at 2:49.

In third period action, the Chiefs scored a short handed goal at 19:30 and a power play goal at 16:44.

The Steam responded with three power play goals.

Lautard scored at 9:28. assisted by Robertson and McEachern.

Calvin Hadley scored at 8:15, with the assist by Klingspohn.

Jones had the last goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining. Hurry had the assist.

While the win was encouraging, Wilson does not expect to see such domination on the ice repeated in the future. “There will not be another game of this magnitude in this series,” he said.

He said the win was due in part to the Steam’s four strong lines. Coaches are able to rotate players during the games and as a result, players are rested and energetic. He added that Kelowna rotates two lines. As a result, the players were exhausted on Sunday.

The next game in the series will take place in Kelowna on Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m.


John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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