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A Message From A Fan – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The dedication and support of your coaching staff has allowed you to individually and collectively participate in a structural evolution.

Through the honest pursuit of improvement you have developed a culture that will carry you into the impending adventure of play-off hockey.

The commitment to excel during the remaining regular season is crucial.  Your success during this period will create and impose an intimidation factor upon any competitor encountered.

Finish the season demonstrating and maintaining the commitment, determination and personal development that created the turning point and achievement of post season play.

Mobilize; take your teammates as far as your collective skill will and desire allows.

Destiny is not to be waited for, it is a participation sport. No regrets, leave it all on the ice.

Good Luck

Knights Dominate Posse

The North Okanagan Knights were coming off what was a tough outing less than 48 hours ago against one of their divisional rivals to rebound and dominate Princeton 4-1 on Friday night at the Nor-Val Arena.  The Knights from start to finish put an exclamation point to a fast skating, good passing and a well executed contest.  Time of possession was almost double for the Knights.  They set season highs for shot on goal in a period (28) and shot totals for the game (62).

Patrick Nicholson opened the scoring assisted by Layne Greene and Jack Berger.  At 11:36 of the third period, Austin Fournier scored the game winner on the power play, assisted by Trent Redschlag and Graham Watkins.  Princeton pulled their goalie with over four minutes in a desperation move to try and tie the game.  Colin Robin took advantage and scored into an empty net to extend the Knights lead to 3-1.  The Knights energy line finished the game off with an all business and workman like effort goal.  Dallas Keller made it 4-1, assists go out to Mitchell Lukacs and Joey Guerra.

With the win the Knights have put a strangle hold on the final play-off position moving ahead of Princeton by 13 points.  Princeton has seven games remaining for a total of 14 points available.  This means one loss for Princeton and / or one win for the Knights would clinch a play-off berth into the Okanagan/Shuswap Division for the swordsmen.

The Knights power play went 1 for 7 on the night.

Daniel Paul played a solid game in goal for the Knights.

Flu Ridden Knights Lose 5-2 To Kelowna

The flu ridden North Okanagan Knights played without key members in their line-up on Wednesday night against the Kelowna Chiefs.  The out come was not in favor of the Knights as they bowed 5-2 to Kelowna Chiefs.  “It was a tough situation for our guys said, Bryant Perrier.  During this time of the year every team faces the dog days of hockey developing flues and sickness.  Over half our team has been sick over the past week.  We have to get people back healthy and hopefully tomorrow night the guys will feel better and ready to rebound from a difficult game last night.  Everyone has to find a way to battle through this kind of adversity and come out on top.  This is just everyday life and our club is going through it at the moment.”

Layne Greene scored the Knights first goal, assisted from Joey Guerra.  The Knights second goal was scored by Colin Robin, assisted Austin Fournier and Brady Marzocco.

Shots in the game were Kelowna 37 and North Okanagan 22.

The Knights power play was 1 for 5.

Next game for the Knights is Friday, February 5th when they take on the Princeton Posse.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

Two Knights Get The Call To The BCHL

Two North Okanagan Knights receive the call up to the BCHL on Saturday night.

The Vernon Vipers came calling Saturday morning for assistance due to team injuries.

Ryland Chernomaz and Tristan Quiring were getting the call up to play with the Vipers on Saturday night in Salmon-Arm.

“This is an exciting time for both Ryland and Tristan said, Head Coach Bryant Perrier.  Head Coach, Mark Ferner contacted me Saturday morning and asked for assistance due to a few team injuries.  We are glad to support the Vipers hockey Club and I know our guys were happy to see our players getting a chance to experience what the BCHL and the next level of hockey is all about.

Currently, the Knights have four players affiliated with BCHL teams.  Two players with the Vernon Vipers, One with the West Kelowna Warriors and one with the Salmon-Arm Silverbacks.

Knights Lose A Tough One In OT

The North Okanagan Knights traveled to 100 Mile House to take on one of the leagues best in a Friday night contest.  100 Mile House is currently in a back and forth battle for first place in the Doug Birks Division with the Kamloops Storm.

The Knights played a very good systematic defensive game for the first 40 minutes and out of it they created two goal.

There was no scoring after the first period.  Colin Robin scored first on an unassisted goal at the 3:05 mark of the second period.  It was a very good strong individual effort by Robin shooting the puck in the top corner.

Brandon Palik scored his second goal of the season at 13:35 of the third period.  He drove hard to the net receiving a beautiful pass from Jack Berger and Ryan Moon to make the game 2-0.

100 Mile House then scored two goals in a span of two minutes to make it all even at two goals a piece.

In the extra session of 4 v 4, Ryan Moon was called for a two minute tripping penalty which put 100 Mile House on a 4 on 3 power play.  They finished off the Knights with the game winning goal at 2:41 of the first overtime to complete the come back 3-2.

The Knights received a very important one point to extend their lead on Princeton to 11 points for the final play-off position in the Okanagan Division.

Both teams have eight games remaining in the regular season.  Princeton will play six out of their eight games on the road, while the Knights will play six of their eight at home.

Princeton and North Okanagan will play each other two more times with both games hosted at the Nor-Val Arena.

Next action for the Knights is on Wednesday night when they host their divisional rivals the Kelowna Chiefs.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

 

Kelowna defeats North Okanagan 4-3

The Kelowna Chiefs defeated the North Okanagan Knights on Sunday in front of their largest crowd of the year between the two rivals.  The difference in the game was that the Chiefs scored ten seconds apart in the first frame and scoring with only three seconds remaining in the second frame to take a 4-2 lead going into the intermission break.

The Knights never really recovered after that.  However they did score one more goal to close the lead to one goal.

Cam Welch scored once and Ryan Moon scored twice in the contest.  Welch had a season high three points on the night.

The Knights power play continues to impress going 2 for 6 on the night.

Shots on goal were the Chiefs 34 and Knights 27.

Knights Lose 2-1 In Kamloops

The North Okanagan Knights travailed to Kamloops last night to face-off against the Storm.  The Storm edging the Knights in a tight contest 2-1.

There was a big adjustment for the Knights and playing on an Olympic ice sheet.  The dimensions of Kamloops arena is 200′ x 100′ and the Knights home the Nor-Val is 190′ x 85′ so it did take a little time for the team to play at the level they are capable of.

The Knights played a solid third period creating many scoring opportunities and finally, Liam Molloy scored at the 9:49 mark to get the Knights back into the game making the score 2-1.  The Knights continued to put pressure on the Storm in the offensive zone but came up short on tying the game.  The Knights pulled Paul at 58:17 to add an extra attacker but nothing came of it and the game ending in regulation 2-1 Storm.

The Knights discipline was outstanding only receiving one penalty in the game.

Shots in the game were even at 25 a piece.

Knights power play was 0 for 3.

Daniel Paul played between the pipes for the Knights posting a 92% save percentage.

Next game for the Knights is Sunday, January 24th when they travel to Kelowna to take on their inter-divisional rival.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

 

Knights Rally Big In The Third Period To Beat Osoyoos

The North Okanagan Knights rallied in the third period and scored four unanswered goals to beat the Osoyoos Coyotes 4-2.

Who would’ve thought that after trailing after two periods the North Okanagan Knights would have scored four straight goals to upset the Osoyoos Coyotes at the Sun Bowl Arena last night.  Well it happened and what a turn of events for the Knights who were searching to find some offensive.  Up until the third period the Knights were held off the score sheet for five straight periods against the Coyotes.

At 16:54 of the third period, Trent Redschlag scored the Knights first goal with a shot from the point to get them on the score board.  Assists go out to Dallas Keller and Mitch Cobbett.

One minute and nine seconds later Ryan Moon scored to tie the game 2-2.  The goal was assisted by Cam Welch.

One minute and twenty three seconds after they tied the game, they took the lead with Jack Berger scoring the go ahead goal.  Assists go out to Graham Watkins and Patrick Nicholson.

The Knights put extreme pressure on the Coyotes with a powerful fore-check and a smothering blanket in the neutral zone to eliminate their time and space frustrating them.

At the 6:07 mark, Mitchell Lukacs scored the dagger goal to ice the game.  Assists go out to Mitchell Cobbett and Brady Marzocco.

Osoyoos out shot North Okanagan 47-44 on the night.

Daniel Paul played a stellar game turning away 47 of 49 shots.  He posted a 95.9% save percentage.

With the Knights win and the Princeton Posse loss to Kelowna, the Knights are now 10 points up on the Posse for the last and final play-off position in the Okanagan/Shuswap division.

Next action for the Knights is Friday, January 22nd when they travel to Kamloops to take on the Storm.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

Knights Split A Pair Of Weekend Home Games

Knights Split A Pair Of Weekend Home Games.

The North Okanagan Knights defeated the Kelowna Chiefs 5-1 in a pivotal divisional four point game on Saturday night at the Nor-Val Arena.  Scoring for the Knights were Ryan Moon from Cam Welch.  Scott Latwat from Layne Greene and Andre Piquette.  Brady Marzocco from Colin Robin.  Cam Welch from Ryan Moon and Drayton Martin.  Rounding out the scoring was Mitchell Lukacs from Drayton Martin.

Final shots in the contest were 43 for the Knights and 35 for the Chiefs.

Daniel Paul played in goal for the Knights turning away 34 of 35 shots and posting a sparkling 97.1% save percentage.

The Knights red hot power play continues to shine going two for three for 66.7%.

On Sunday the Knights lost a tough match against the Osoyoos Coyotes 3-0.  The Knights started very slow out of the gate, getting out shot 17- 5 in the first period.  They got into penalty problems very quickly taking three penalties in the first eight minutes of the game.   Even though their penalty kill has been very good of late, there was a ton of energy that was required from the PK to kill off all those penalties.  It seemed to disrupt the teams rhythm and intensity moving forward.  The Coyotes out shot the Knights 20- 12 in the second.  The Knights finally woke up and played the type of hockey and game strategy that Head Coach Bryant Perrier was expecting from the start.  “I think we were all very disappointed with the kind of effort that was given, said Perrier.  We cannot play primadonna perfect hockey against this team.  They are to skilled and to quick for us to give them the time and space on the ice that we did.  We have to take care of the puck in all three zones , get it deep into the Offensive Zone and execute our fore-check to our advantage.  Playing physical and finishing all our checks against Osoyoos will be the only option we have if we want to succeed against them”.

The beauty of sport is that there is always another opportunity to redeem and prove yourself.  That opportunity will come on Wednesday night when the Knights will play the rematch at Osoyoos.  Game time is at 7:35 pm.

Final shot in the contest were 40 for Osoyoos and 20 for the Knights.

Daniel Paul played in goal for the Knights turning away 37 shots and posting a 93.6% save percentage.

The Knights power play was zero for five.

Knights Would Like To Announce They Are Currently Working On Developing Stronger Relationships

The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce that they now have four players affiliated by BCHL teams.  According to GM Bryant Perrier, the club is looking forward in the future to have more player’s affiliated with BCHL teams.  It is part of our organizational philosophy and player development.

We knew coming in as new Ownership, Management and the coaching staff that it was going to take time, patience and a ton of hard work before we were going to establish a new culture here in Armstrong and start to see improvement as a whole.  You need a plan when you are building a hockey team and you need to stick to the plan through the highs and the lows.  This is just life and life skills are what we want to teach to all our players.

The Knights would also like to announce that they are currently working on developing stronger relationships with BCHL teams in order to encourage and aid in the further development of our hockey program.

“We have really appreciated our initial discussions with GM’s and Head Coaches in the BCHL, said Perrier.  They are welcome to attend our games and practices so we can receive as much feedback on our players as possible.  Our goal is work alongside these teams so our players all have the same opportunities to move up to the high level of hockey.”

Perrier believes that the North Okanagan Knights have the facilities and infrastructure in place to develop elite players in the future.

“This town (Armstrong) is full of good hockey people and the resources here are unlimited.  We want to be able to use committed and talented local and surrounding players as they grow and develop.  We are prepared to work hard in helping develop them.”

Perrier says that he is starting to identify young players in the community and surrounding areas who appear to be on track.  He has also been in contact with some local families to show interest and support.  He has also had members and prospects contact him.

“We are available for anyone in the community who needs help with their teams or even mentorship for their sons or daughters.  We have a staff that wants to give back.  Our door is open and our phone line is too.”

Perrier is also proud of his coaching staff.

“Cam Dobransky who came through the KIJHL system.  I had other people who were looking to coach this season that I have worked with in the past.  But I truly felt we needed to consider a character person that has good qualities and a presence who can give back to hockey in the way that only former alumni’s can.  Cam has been nothing short of excellent in many ways.”

Perrier is very excited about the future and potential of our organization, and developing riches that can become a part of the Knights roster.

“Here is hoping that people take advantage of what our club wants to do in the area of local development.  You can win hockey games, but a great program really gives back to the grass roots.  We want to do that by developing players who are ready to play on our team.”