Hustle and heart Sets us apart.
What a huge confidence builder for the North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club and a very nice Christmas present.
The Knights defeated the Osoyoos Coyotes 5-2 at the Sun Bowl Arena on Saturday night in front of a very nice crowd on hand to watch the contest.
The win for North Okanagan gave Osoyoos their first home loss of the season.
The Knights scored three times in the second period and twice in the third for the win. The Knights scoring was shared by eight different players in the game.
Austin Fournier, Graham Watkins, Scott Latwat with two, and Mitchell Lukacs rounded out the scoring. Lukacs scored the fourth and a huge power play goal at 2:01 of the third period which finished off the Coyotes chances of any comeback.
Scott Latwat had a big game scoring the third and fifth (empty net) goals for the Knights.
Daniel Paul was solid in between the pipes to registrar the win.
The Knights fired 46 shots on the Osoyoos goalie; Adam Jones. Final shots were 46 to 43 in favor of North Okanagan.
The Knights will now have nine days off as they head into their Christmas break.
Next action for the Knights will be at Princeton when they take on the Posse on Thursday, December 31th for a New Year’s Eve game. Game time is 5:00 pm.
The North Okanagan Knights close out the first half of their 2015/2016 season on Sunday, December 19th in Osoyoos against the division-leading Coyotes. Game time is 7:35 pm.
The Knights return after the Christmas break with a New Year’s Eve battle in Princeton. Game time is 5:00 pm.
Next home game for North Okanagan is Saturday, January 2nd, against Osoyoos at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Game time is 7:30 pm.
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM
Right now, it’s the biggest goal of the season for the North Okanagan Knights.
Forward Mitchell Cobbett’s fifth goal, with 5:49 remaining, gave the visiting Knights a 2-1 win over Princeton Sunday afternoon, and a sweep of a key Kootenay International Junior Hockey League home-and-home series with the Posse.
Cameron Welch and Scott Latwat picked up assists on Cobbett’s game-winner.
North Okanagan (8-20-1-4) has won three of its last four and holds a six-point lead on the Posse (7-23-0-1) in the battle for fourth place in the Okanagan Shuswap Division, though Princeton has a pair of games in hand.
“That was a collective team effort against a team that is always tough to play against,” said North Okanagan head coach Bryant Perrier. “Their goaltending was good, they work hard and take our space away. But we prevailed with a huge road win.”
The Knights dominated the opening 20 minutes, outshooting Princeton 17-1 but managed one goal past Posse netminder Stephen Heslop, a powerplay marker from Welch (sixth), who was named North Okanagan’s game star. Mitchell Lukacs and Jack Berger drew assists.
“There was some frustration (on only being up one goal),” said Perrier. “We had some real good looks and great chances to score but it seemed we would shoot wide, or we would miss an open net or the puck would bounce over a stick.”
Princeton tied it in the second on a shorthanded marker from game star Drew Carter at 4:07.
The Knights outshot Princeton 34-18 with Daniel Paul picking up his sixth win of the season.
North Okanagan closes out the first half of the season Sunday in Osoyoos against the division-leading Coyotes.
The Knights return after the Christmas break with a New Year’s Eve battle in Princeton. Next home game for North Okanagan is Saturday, Jan. 2, against Osoyoos at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
The Kelowna Chiefs shut out the Posse 4-0 Saturday in Rutland.
Vernon’s Nick Higgs scored at 1:37 of overtime as the Revelstoke Grizzlies shaded the Kamloops Storm 3-2 Saturday night at the Forum.
Higgs, a 17-year-old d-man, was a late cut of the BCHL Vipers. It was his first KIJHL goal. He has four assists.
Kaden Black has 5-4-9 with Revy, while Jeff Bochon has three goals in 11 games. Captain Kenny Batke has two helpers and 48 penalty minutes, while fellow d-man Griffin Fried has one goal and three points.
The Storm won the return match 3-1 Sunday in Kamloops with Zach Andrusiak of Armstrong getting 1+1.
Andrusiak, 17 has 14 goals and 29 points with the Storm since being sent down by the Vipers. Kamloops leads the Doug Birks Division.
Posted Dec 9, 2015
Sweep the Princeton Posse and improve their playoff chances by a bunch.
That’s the game-plan for the youthful North Okanagan Knights who turned in a solid Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend.
After stopping the Kelowna Chiefs 6-2 Friday night, the rebuilding Knights took the Okanagan Division-leading Osoyoos Coyotes to the limit before falling 2-1 Sunday night at the Sun Bowl.
The Coyotes are the second-best team in the 20-team Junior B loop and have scored 110 goals, second most behind the No. 1. Kimberley Dynamiters.
The Knights, who lost 4-3 to the Coyotes in late October, are fourth in the Okanagan Division at 6-20-1-4, two points ahead of the Posse. The Knights have produced 62 goals, second lowest in the KIJHL.
Princeton holds three games in hand. The Posse visit Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong Friday night and host the Knights Sunday afternoon. The teams will play three more times to close the regular season.
“We wanna make playoffs so we want to go out and work our bags off and if we win both games, we’ll be set up for the playoffs,” said Knights veteran Mitchell Lukacs, of Vernon.
Osoyoos grabbed the lead five minutes into Sunday’s tilt before 300 fans when Jackson Glimpel buried his sixth of the year when left open in front of Knights goalie Daniel Paul (game star).
The Knights equalized on a powerplay seven minutes later with Trent Redschlag’s shot ricocheting in off a Coyote past goalie Adam Jones. It was Redschlag’s fifth of the season.
Braeden Tuck pocketed the winner on a powerplay scramble 2:49 into the third period for his 14th of the season. Rainer Glimpel, a 20-year-old Calgary product, earned his 30th assist and 46th point. Glimpel is second in league points.
“We’re playing a lot more aggressive and getting under their skin,” said Lukacs. “We’re definitely harder to play and that’s what we are priding ourselves on. We want teams to say, ‘Oh no, we’re playing the Knights.’”
Lukacs is playing on a crash-and-bang line with newbie Jack Berger of Creston and Dallas Keller of Oliver. Berger, 17, joined the Knights Friday night after getting 2-3-5 in 18 games with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. Berger compiled 3-4-7 in 36 games his rookie year in Creston.
“He’s quick and likes to lay the body so he’s gonna help us,” said Lukacs.
Osoyoos (21-5-0-1) outshot North Okanagan 39-31. Tuck was game star for the Coyotes, who have won seven straight and are 14-0 at home.
Knights Push Back Posse 4-2
Posted Dec 13, 2015
Newbie Jack Berger delivered a big goal for the North Okanagan Knights Friday night at the Nov-Val Sports Centre.
Obtained from the Creston Thunder Cats last week, the big 17-year-old centre scored at 7:38 of the third period as the Knights brushed back the Posse 4-2 in Kootenay International Hockey League play before 230 fans.
“It was an unbelievable solo effort,” said Knights head coach Bryant Perrier. “There was a turnover in the neutral zone and he did the Gino Malkin around the net stuff it in it thing.”
Drayton Martin added an empty-netter with 45 seconds left as the Knights improved to 7-20-1-4. They hold down the fourth and final playoff spot in the Doug Birks Division, four points up on the 7-21-0-1 Posse. The same two teams meet today in Princeton.
“We’ve been patient with this group as we rebuild and when you start winning, you start believing,” said Perrier. “This group works hard in practice and they listen on how to prepare for games.”
Defenceman Patrick Nicholson, who played for the Vipers Wednesday night, and Ryan Moon, also scored for the Knights, who outshot the Posse 56-31.
October 14, 2015
Knights Hire Fred Dobransky Sr. As Director Of Player Personnel
The North Okanagan Knights Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Fred Dobransky Sr. as Director of Player Personnel. Fred comes to the North Okanagan Knights with a very experienced resume and background in the developmental side of hockey.
Fred played four seasons for the Montreal Junior Royals, the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League. After his junior playing career was completed, Fred played four more years in the QIHL.
Fred retired in 1985 and moved to British Columbia.
Fred worked eight years with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, BC as Director of Scouting in North America. He was also employed by the Pursuit of Excellence for six years as Director of Scouting in Western Canada.
Fred is very highly respected in the hockey circles throughout British Columbia and across North America. Fred is a passionate, dedicated and a tireless worker when it comes to the game of hockey. Fred truly cares about people and he only wants what is best for each and every player.
“Fred is going to bring a wealth of knowledge and a sense of stability to our organization. It will be a true honor to work side by side with Fred everyday,” said GM / Head Coach Bryant Perrier.
Fred and his wife Mary reside in Penticton, BC.
For more information, please contact GM / Head Coach; Bryant Perrier at 250-488-0874.
Dean Keller Named New Owner Of The North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club In The KIJHL.
Dean Keller the CEO of Need A Lift Truck Services Limited has purchased 100% Ownership rights to the North Okanagan Knights Junior Hockey Club in the (KIJHL) Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. The sale was voted and passed by all 19 Governor’s in the KIJHL.
Dean has been involved in hockey for a number of years. He spent ten years on the board of directors with the (SOMHA) South Okanagan Minor Hockey Association. He served as SOMHA President for four years. Two years ago Dean joined the board of directors with (OMAHA) Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association.
Dean’s goals for the North Okanagan Knights will be to provide stability and a new positive direction for the Hockey Club. He is looking forward to help build the North Okanagan Knights into a successful franchise in the KIJHL and for the community of Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
Dean is dedicated, enthusiastic and has the leadership qualities to bring the Knights organization to a level of significance. He is very excited to help improve the organization on and off the ice.
“I am extremely excited about being named the new owner of the North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club. Today we start the re-build process of this franchise. I really want to see our staff members, players, volunteers and fans working together to achieve success as a team. I believe we can and will move this hockey club forward in a positive direction.” Dean Keller, North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club.
If more information is required please contact Dean Keller direct at 250-498-9599.
The North Okanagan Knights are pleased to announce the commitment of Ethan King. King, a 6 foot 5, 223 pound Defenseman out of Vernon, BC, was draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Second Round, 23rd Overall at the WHL Bantam Draft last season.
After a long but thorough recruiting process, Ethan King has been offered an opportunity to join the North Okanagan Knights squad for the 2015-2016 season.
His decision to commit to our organization is very exciting.
Head coach Bryant Perrier was thoroughly impressed by Ethan’s attitude and work ethic.
“Ethan is a big, strong Defenseman with an excellent shot. He has a good set of hands and his feet are improving everyday as he continues to work with his skating coach throughout the summer,” offered the coach. “He has a high level work ethic and comes very highly recommended from some very good hockey people.”
Those people include coaches and managers in the KIJHL as well as King’s former coaches.
Perrier, who says that King is a highly intelligent player with a desire to get better. “That is what we want coming in here. We want guys of high integrity.”
King has been described, according to Perrier, as “very coachable, easy to work with, tough as nails and hard to play against.”
And as Knights fans and staff alike look forward to watching the enormous 6 foot 5 King play this season, Perrier expects that King will play an important role and fit into the top six Defense core immediately.
“We believe Ethan can play a significant role immediately,” he said. “With a good reach, poise and savvy who is tough to play against. We believe Ethan has a ton of upside.”
Leadership potential, size, ability and a mean streak.
“The total package,” Perrier believes. “Ethan is a big bodied Defenseman who has played against great players and succeeded. He has never taken a back seat.”
BILLET FAMILIES NEEDED
Each season the North Okanagan Knights recruit talented hockey players who show great potential to play at the Junior level. In order to take advantage of this great opportunity, the players need families willing to share their homes and become a “Home Away from Home” for them. The importance of a billet family to the Knights organization is immeasurable.
Many of our billet families have done this over many years for many players that have come from all over Canada and the United States. These boys range in age from 16 to 20 will be attending High School, College or University and may hold part time jobs while they live in our community and represent our team while pursuing their hockey dreams.
In most cases, very strong bonds are made between the player and his billet family as well as the player’s family. These relationships will often carry on for years after the player has graduated from the team. Often billet families can be seen following “their” player in his future career in College, Semi-Pro, Pro or the NHL. Our players have proven to be great role models for younger children in the billet home demonstrating hard work and determination to achieve tough goals.
To cover expenses, billet families are paid once a month for each player in their home. Some families have found it easier to house two players as they can travel together and provide company for each other.
Billet families have included two parent families, single parent families and “empty-nesters”. All that is required is the willingness to provide a “Home Away from Home” for a player that has made the commitment to pursue the dream of furthering his hockey career with the North Okanagan Knights.
If you are interested in becoming a billet family or would like more information, please contact Head Coach and General Manager; Bryant Perrier by e-mail at email@example.com