Knights End Posse Season
Princeton Posse hosted North Okanagan Knights February 18th at Princeton Arena for their final regular season game. The Posse needed to win this match in order to have a chance at capturing the final playoff spot in their division. A loss the previous night to Summerland left Princeton one point behind the Knights who ended up in an overtime tie with Osoyoos February 17th.
The Knights pounded Princeton from the opening face off and scored their first goal at 16:45 of the first period. Jaden Hay got the point with help from Cameron Welch and Dean Whitcomb. The Knights extended their lead with a power play goal at 14:39 (Levi Harris from Chris Pedersen and Jason Shaigec). Princeton snuck in a goal at 1:51. The power play marker was credited to Lane French with assists going to Drew Carter and Kole Halvorson.
The second period saw Princeton start to unravel partway through collecting penalties and giving the Knights several power play opportunities. North Okanagan took advantage of one scoring at 19:46 to take a 3-1 lead. Jaden Hay got the goal with Cameron Welch earning an assist. The Posse bounced back at 15:32 scoring a power play goal of their own. Rylan Douglas scored the goal with help coming from Chad Kimmie and Morton Johnston. The Knights made it 4-2 with another power play goal at 5:34. Dean Whitcomb was credited for it along with teammates Jaden Hay and Cameron Welch who both received assists.
The third period saw more missed opportunities with goalies out of position or without sticks. At 5:46 Rylan Douglas of the Posse earned the Knights a penalty shot which was taken by captain Layne Greene. Posse goalie Jason Mailhiot blocked the attempt with his body and was later pulled for an extra man but there was no further scoring.
Final Score: North Okanagan 4, Princeton 2. Shots on Goal: Princeton 40, North Okanagan 36. Penalties in Minutes: North Okanagan 8 for 16-minutes, Princeton 14 for 51-minutes.