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Team GP W L T D OTL PTS
Kelowna 49 32 12 3 0 2 69
Princeton 49 27 16 1 0 5 60
Summerland 49 22 22 1 0 4 49
North Okan.. 49 13 30 1 0 5 32
Osoyoos 49 9 37 1 0 2 21
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DECEMBER 2, 2018

Steam offence erupts to hand Chiefs first regulation time loss

Steam offence erupts to hand Chiefs first regulation time loss

Emanuel Sequeira

Special teams played a key role in the Summerland Steam’s 7-2 win over the Kelowna Chiefs Saturday.

Everett Scherger’s shorthanded goal (eight of the season) with 6:03 remaining in the opening period was the eventual winner. His goal gave the Steam a 3-1 lead at Rutland Arena. Jared Breitkreuz made 30 saves for the win, while handing the Chiefs their first regulation time loss in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this season.

Steam head coach John DePourcq called it a “great win.”

The Chiefs opened the scoring on a Lane Paddison goal two minutes into the first period. The Steam then replied with seven unanswered goals. Along with Scherger’s goal, Cody Swan (11) and Cairo Rogers (four) scored in the first period.

In the middle frame, the Steam added three more goals, two on the power play, which went  3-for-14. The Steam were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
Linden Gove (17) and Liam McLaren (nine) scored with the man advantage while Morey Babakaiff made it 6-1. 
In the final period, the teams exchanged goals with Babakaiff netting his second of the night (11th)  on the power play at 16:12. Juanre Naude scored the Chiefs’ second goal. 

“The team showed great poise and compete, specialty teams were great for us, which always give you an opportunity to win,” says DePourcq. “Once we got a nice lead, the team kept their composure and discipline while Kelowna became very undisciplined.”

Swan led the Steam with three points, while Mitchell Gove and Cory Loring each picked up two assists. McLaren and Rogers also finished with two points.

The win improves the Steam to 15 wins, 10 losses, one tie and two overtime losses and drops the Chiefs to 22 wins, one loss, one tie and two overtime losses.

The Steam's next home game is Dec.7 when they host the Chase Heat. In partnership with Summerland Minor Hockey and IGA Summerland, the organization is having its annual Fill the Net Food Drive. All donations will go to the Summerland Food Bank.

Station notes: Forward Cody Swan received an honourable mention from the the KIJHL for Okanagan Shuswap Conference Player of the Month. Swan had five goals, 13 points in nine games through the month of November.

 

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