Chiefs brush back Knights
posted Jan 12, 2017
At least the North Okanagan Knights finally scored a goal in Enderby.
A late goal with five minutes remaining gave the Kelowna Chiefs a 4-3 win over the Knights in Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League play Wednesday night at the Enderby Arena.
It was North Okanagan’s third and final regular season home in Enderby where they went 0-3 and were outscored 13-3.
“It was good, our best game in Enderby, but we just didn’t finish,” said Knights head coach/GM Bryant Perrier.
The third-place Chiefs are 13 points clear of North Okanagan in the Okanagan Shuswap Division, while the Knights stayed two points ahead of the Princeton Posse in the battle for the final playoff spot. The Posse lost 3-0 at home Wednesday to the division-leading Osoyoos Coyotes.
Kelowna jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first period on a pair of goals from Ryan Pereverzoff before Luke Harvie scored his second of the year nine seconds after Pereverzoff’s second marker.
Cameron Welch tied the game at 17:11 on a powerplay with his third, but the Chiefs took the lead back 25 seconds later on a goal from Jason Village.
Brady Marzocco pulled the Knights even with his club-leading 17th at 17:44 of the second.
Brendan Laing scored the winner for Kelowna with 4:49 remaining.
Conor Webb made 28 saves for North Okanagan (12-21-0-1) while Tanner Marshall stopped 21 shots for Kelowna (18-15-1-1).
The Knights host the Summerland Steam Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in what will be a long day for Marzocco, Webb, Jason Shaigec and Dean Whitcomb. The four North Okanagan teammates will suit up for the Okanagan Conference in the league’s Prospects Game at 2 p.m. in Kelowna.
The Knights made one minor move at the league’s trade deadline Tuesday, signing forward Louis Shortreed, a Penticton product.
“He’s not very big but he’s a lot like (Vernon Vipers’ captain) Riley Brandt,” said Perrier. “He plays the same way. He’s a fire pistol out there.”
Two Vernon products were part of KIJHL trades.
The Revelstoke Grizzlies sent defenceman Michael LeNoury to the Nelson Leafs for forward David Lenzin and future considerations.
LeNoury played in 23 games for Revelstoke this season, scoring twice and adding 14 assists and 102 penalty minutes.
The Golden Rockets dealt forward Scott Latwat to the Oceanside (Parksville) Generals of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for futures.
Latwat appeared in 25 games with the Rockets. He had six goals and three assists for nine points.
KNIGHT MOVES: Because of the Prospects Game, and through the courtesy of North Okanagan Minor Hockey, the completion of a game between the Knights and Summerland – postponed Dec. 2 due to a blown transformer at Nor-Val – will take place Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Nor-Val. The game was stopped with 4:01 left in the second period and the Steam ahead 4-1. The game will only be played if necessary to each team’s post-season chances.