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Knights Deal Grizzlies First Loss At Home

Knights deal Grizzlies first loss at home

North Okanagan wins 3-0 in Revelstoke.

After five games at the Forum, the Revelstoke Grizzlies suffered their first home loss of the season to the North Okanagan Knights.

Fresh off a 4-1 win against the Okanagan Division-leading Summerland Steam, the Knights dispatched the Grizzlies 3-0.

North Okanagan coach Bryant Perrier called the victory a “huge win” for his team, which is 5-11-1-3 and sits last in its division.

“We came off a huge win last night beating the first-place Summerland team in our building. They’re a very difficult team and we did it decisively,” he said. “Then we came on the road here. It’s difficult building. Revelstoke is very good. Very well prepared, well coached and we were really proud of how our group handled the adversity and we battled through it.”

The game started off slow, with no goals in the first 20 minutes.

North Okanagan’s Brady Marzocco got on the board first, with 9:29 remaining in the second period.

With 2:08 left in the second frame, Alec McLeod scored an insurance goal to make it 2-0 heading into the third.

The Grizzlies were playing the second of back-to-back games at home.

On Friday night, they faced the 100 Mile Wranglers and tied it 2-2 after two overtime periods.

Friday night’s game was full of penalties and saw 10 players receive misconducts. Revelstoke’s two goals on Friday night were power play goals scored by Dylan McNeil and Josh Irvine.

Saturday night, Revelstoke’s sticks were unusually silent.

Grizzlies coach Ryan Parent said the team “failed to capitalize on some offensive chances.”

They outshot the Knights 37-29, but couldn’t find the net against rookie goalie Zach Willms, who recorded his first career KIJHL shutout.

“Other parts of our game were sufficient today,” said Parent following the game. “In the offensive zone, where we spent a lot of time today, we have to work in a different direction if we’re going to beat good goaltenders.

“I think in some ways we wanted that easy fancy play and I think we’re going to have to get more gritty there and bury some of the chances that we’ve had.”

The Knights’ Jason Shaigec scored the team’s last goal of the game with 5:39 remaining.

“This win was a team effort,” said Perrier, “and it’s 20 guys deep.”

The Knights took Sunday off and next face the Summerland Steam Tuesday for a rematch.

Following the weekend’s games, Revelstoke (11-5-1) drops to number two in the Doug Birks Division, losing the number one spot to the Chase Heat (13-8-0).

The Grizzlies will use this week to regroup and face the Princeton Posse (9-9-1) Friday night in Princeton.

Their next home game is Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. against the 100 Mile Wranglers (10-6-3).

Who Hot In The KIJHL

North Okanagan Knights’

Zach Willms

Zach earned his first career KIJHL shutout by stopping all 32 shots as the visiting Knights blanked the Grizzlies 3-0 on Nov. 11

Willms wins Tim Horton’s Player of the Month for October

North Okanagan Knights Goaltender Zach Willms is the winner for Player of the Month for October.

Tim Horton’s has been grateful to sponsor the North Okanagan Knights Player of the Month Award.

This is well deserved for Zach as he has been outstanding in front of his team over the past many weeks.  His work ethic is impeccable and attitude is very focused everyday.

“Zach loves the game and loves to practice.  He is passionate about coming to the rink everyday.  He is great to be around and we all enjoy him, said Coach Bryant Perrier.”

Knights Show Major Grit

Knights show major grit

The North Okanagan Knights went with just 14 skaters Saturday night at Rutland Arena and won.

With four defencemen and three forwards on injured reserve, the North Okanagan Knights went with just 14 skaters Saturday night at Rutland Arena.

Somehow, the Knights who were healthy found a way to dispatch the Kelowna Chiefs 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play before 200 fans.

“We are really banged up and it was a great effort, said Knights’ head coach/GM Bryant Perrier. “I’m very proud of the group. It also shows that the bar just got set higher for the guys who were out. When we get our team back, we’ll be fine.”

Perrier acquired Vernon’s Grady Caton, a blueliner, from the Island Junior B Nanaimo Buccaneers, and the smooth-skating 18-year-old was a minute muncher in Rutland.

“He has wonderful vision,” said Perrier. “We got lucky; he fell out of the sky. With the number of injuries to our back end, we needed immediate assistance to bolster this position and give the group a chance to succeeed. He will help our defence move the puck out of the dee zone. He is smart and has savvy with the puck. We think he will also help improve our powerplay.”

Caton had one assist in 10 games with the 14-1 Buccaneers.

Perrier also added 17-year-old centre Mitchell Porteous from Calgary Midget AA and he responded with the Knights’ second goal versus the Chiefs.

“He’s going to help us,” said Perrier.

Jaden Hay converted two empty-netters 17 seconds apart in the final minute for the Knights, who improved to 3-8-1-3, four points back of the Chiefs for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Okanagan Division.

Ben Jossinet (first), Carl Main (fourth) and Sean Wilson (third), with the winner midway through the third period, complete the North Okanagan offence.

Brett Witala (eighth and ninth) and Jarin Sutton (fifth) replied for Kelowna. The Chiefs ran into penalty trouble as Tyler Love and Lane Paddison both took head contact minors and misconducts.

The Chiefs (6-6-1-1) outshot the Knights 51-25 with Zach Willms going the distance for the Knights.

“He (Willms) was good,” said Perrier. “He gives us a chance to win every night.”

D-man Justin Miron, who received a severe concussion in a game earlier this season against the Chiefs, remains on IR for another six weeks. Perrier said Miron requires 20 more treatments on a nerve in his neck.

Blueliners Jeff Schenkler, Drayton Martin and Cole Haberlock, along with captain Levi Harris a centre, are all nursing dislocated shoulders. F Alec McLeod was scratched for disciplinary reasons Saturday, while F Simon Korol was suspended.

The Knights visit the first-place Summerland Steam (12-4) Friday night.

Knights Break Out For Tie

Knights break out for tie

The North Okanagan Knights ended their scoring woes but fell 5-4 in overtime to the Summerland Steam

The North Okanagan Knights ended their scoring woes but fell 5-4 in overtime to the host Summerland Steam in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Tuesday night.

Sam Jones converted his third of the season at 1:27 of OT as Summerland went to 10-3 atop the Okanagan-Shuswap Division.

Scott Robinson, with his fifth and sixth snipes of the year, Riley Smoler, with his sixth, and Cairo Rogers, with his second, shorthanded, also connected for Summerland, who trailed 3-2 early in the third.

Brady Marzocco forced the extra session with his sixth goal of the season with five seconds to play in regulation.

Jadon Hay won the faceoff and Marzocco wired a shot past Owen Pettet on a pick and roll set play. Marzocco suffered a broken nose from an elbow earlier in the period. There was no penalty on the play.

Tyler Olsen (second), Jeff Schenkler, on the powerplay for his first, and game star Levi Harris, with his second, also on the powerplay, counted other goals for the Knights (2-5-1-3).

“We’re right there,” said Knights’ head coach Bryant Perrier. “Our compete level is good. When we get the lead, we have to attack it and feel comfortable with it.”

Harris also had one assist while playing on a line with brothers Sean and Brett Wilson.

“That was his (Harris) best game of the year,” said Perrier. “We call that line The Dirt Movers. These kids are so coachable.”

The Knights outshot the Steam 37-26 and went 2-for-8 with the man advantage.

North Okanagan will host the Sicamous Eagles (1-8-1-) tonight at Nor-Val Sports Centre and visit the 100 Mile House Wranglers (6-3-2) Saturday night.

The Knights are fourth in the Okanagan-Shuswap Division, two points behind the Kelowna Chiefs and six back of Osoyoos Coyotes.

The Knights will entertain the Eagles Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. (Family Day). The game was postponed from the Knights’ home opener Sept. 9 due to ice plant issues.

The Nelson Leafs at 9-2-1 and the Grand Forks Border Bruins at 9-4-0-1 share the overall lead in the 20-team Junior B loop.

Jordan Robertson of the Border Bruins is the top pointgetter with 10 goals and 27 points, two more than teammate Trey Mason. Dylan Heppler of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks has 10 goals and 20 points.

Knights Goal Starved

The North Okanagan Knights are goal-challenged while doing a decent job giving up goals in the KIJHL.

They are goal-challenged while doing a decent job giving up goals in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

North Okanagan Knights’ head coach Bryant Perrier is using practice time trying to get his troops going into the trenches for more snipes.

The Knights are 2-5-1-2 and have the fewest goals – 16 – in the 20-team circuit. They have allowed 30 goals, which is second-best in the Okanagan Division and seventh-best in the KIJHL.

The Knights visit the Summerland Steam (9-3) tonight after losing 2-1 to the Chase Chiefs Saturday night and falling 2-1 in overtime to the Steam Friday.

“We’re playing very well; we’re just not scoring,” said Perrier. “In our last three games, we’ve only had six goals against. Offensively, we’re committed but we’re not getting pucks into the paint for second chances.”

Conor Webb, a late cut by the Vernon Vipers who played for the Knights last year, stoned North Okanagan with 33 saves and game star honours at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

“He was good, he made the difference for sure,” said Perrier. “He made some spectacular saves. When you’re in a groove, you’re in a groove. Good for him.”

Webb is 4-2 with a 2.77 GAA.

The Knights were without injured forwards Jett Saharchuk (ankle) and Kyle Sherwood (shoulder) and D Justin Miron (concussion).

Jaden Hay netted his second of the season in the loss to Chase. Brayden Haskell and Cam Watson replied for the Heat 6-3-2-0). Zach Willms blocked 32 shots for the Knights’ game star.

Brady Marzocco rang up his fifth of the year in Summerland, where Willms took game star with 36 stops. Marzocco leads the Knights with six points.

The Knights have just seven players with goals. Hay, Carl Main and Sean Wilson have two snipes.

The Nelson Leafs (9-2-1-0) and Grand Forks Border Bruins (9-4-0-1) are the top two teams in the league.

The Knights entertain the 1-8-1-0 Sicamous Eagles Friday night and visit the 100 Mile House Wranglers (6-3-2-0) Saturday.

Knights Go Pink For Causes

Knights Go Pink For Causes

The North Okanagan Knights will look pretty in pink all October for two serious reasons.

The North Okanagan Knights will look pretty in pink all October for two serious reasons.

The Junior B hockey team will unveil their pink jerseys tonight when they entertain the Revelstoke Grizzlies (7:30) at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Knights are marking Mental Health Awareness and Breast Cancer Month with $1 from every home game ticket going to the Canadian Cancer Foundation. Pink ribbons, flowers and chocolates will be given out for a donation at the door.

North Okanagan head coach Bryant Perrier can relate to both mental health issues and cancer.

“This is the third year we’ve promoted mental health and we’ve had one kid suffer each year,” said Perrier. “We shut down one player for two months the first year. It’s a scary thing. You can tell by their body language that something is not quite right. We talk to the players and parents before the season and ask them to let us know if they are feeling down and need some help.”

Perrier has a family member who suffers with mental illness and says the disease takes its toll on loved ones.

He also wants to see cancer beaten.

“I lost my mom to cancer five years ago at 75. She was active and healthy and she was diagnosed in September after her birthday and she died in February. That was hard to see.”

The Knights, meanwhile, have lost last year’s leading scorer Dean Whitcomb (19 goals ande 37 points).

“Dean decided to leave the game,” said Perrier. “He didn’t want a trade. He’s gone back to Prince George. It’s a tough loss for us. He knows the ropes. He brings instant energy and instant compete.”

Whitcomb scored twice in five games this season.

The Knights lost 5-2 to the Osoyoos Heat Wednesday night at the Sun Bowl.

Carl Main and Cole Haberlack scored for the Knights (1-3-1-1). Branden Onstein bagged a deuce for the Heat (4-3).

The Knights visit the Princeton Posse (4-2-1-1) Saturday night.

Knights To Unveil Pink Jerseys For October Cancer Month & Mental Health Awareness

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The North Okanagan Knights to unveil their Pink Jerseys for the month of October.  The Knights join in for a Quest to Cure Cancer and to support the Awareness of Mental Health.

 

The Pink jerseys will be unveiled on Friday, October 6th when they host the Revelstoke Grizzly’s at the Nor-Val Arena in Armstrong, BC.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

 

There will be a special presentation prior to the start of the game.

 

$1.00 from every home game ticket in the month of October will go to the Cancer Foundation.

 

The Pink Jerseys will be worn for the whole month of October.  So come on out and support two very important causes.

 

20 Brady Marzocco

 

Join The Knights In The Quest For A Cure And Mental Health Awareness Month

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Join the Knights in the Quest for a Cure and Mental Health Awareness Month

Pink Ribbon

Friday Oct 6 vs Revelstoke 7:30 pm join us for The Knights quest for a cure.

 

A Special presentation prior to puck drop.

 

Pink ribbons, Flowers and Chocolates by donation.

 

October is Mental Health awareness and Breast Cancer month.

 1.00 from every home game ticket in the month of October will go to the Cancer foundation.

 

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Success of High Profile Players Brings Instant Credibility in Recruiting

Success of High Profile Players Brings Instant Credibility in Recruiting

According to Coach Perrier, The 2017-2018 season was a very important one for The Knights in the area of establishing an ever greater credibility among high profile players.

“Guys like Jaden Hay having a very successful season and loving it here is a very important thing,” Perrier said. “Jaden is a high profile player and he loves being here. It attracts other top end players.”

This off season, The Knights attracted six other marquee players – Simon Miron from Mirabel, PQ, Alec Mcleod from Calgary, Zach Willms from Camrose, Nick Ewanchuk from Calgary, Tyler Olsen from Calgary and Jett Saharchuk from Fort St. James.

Perrier believes that the club’s ability to attract high profile players is a great attribute and speaks volumes of the reputation of the organization.

“Players today have a choice and they must agree to these deals,” he said. “Every player we have recruited has agreed to come here based on the organizational philosophy. In the two years we have recruited some pretty high profile guys here that are now playing Junior A.”

“If you do well with even one high profile guy, it can really create a momentum. In the past six months we have attracted some huge names and it has spilled over to this season’s acquisitions.

According to Perrier, the club had zero problem attracting new stars.

“They talk to their friends who played here last year and it was a done deal.  The players are close friends and former teammate all over the KIJHL. Guys talk.”

“Our billets, organizational members and our community can take credit because word is out that this is a great place to play and live. You can do all you want on the ice as a coach, but when players want to be part of your team, it is because of your support system.”

He also credits the type of parents the organization is dealing with.

“We have grateful and cooperative parents and they speak very highly of the way their sons are treated in their billet homes and in the community.”

“It all really helps.”

Perrier says that while there is a common belief that today’s player is harder to work with, he disagrees.

“I see today’s player as more savvy and on his toes,” he said. “Can you mistreat or be dishonest with today’s players? No. Players today expect respect and honesty. If you treat them well, they are great to work with.”

“We think the world of our players and their attitudes.”

“You get what you give.”

 

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