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Knights Brush Back Sicamous

Knights brush back Sicamous

posted Jan 13, 2016

The North Okanagan Knights will finish the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the current roster.

The Knights were unable to make any moves prior to the league’s Sunday deadline.

“We tried,” said Knights head coach /GM Bryant Perrier.

The Knights do have one open playing card and are having a look at forward Jordan Harding-Bautista, 19, who recently played for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

Harding-Bautista had three goals in 19 games in an injury-plagued season in Comox.

“He comes highly recommended but we’re not sure about his injury,” said Perrier, which is described as a groin problem. “He’s in our camp and skating with us but he’s about two or three weeks away from playing.”

North Okanagan (10-21-3-4) got back into the win column Saturday, 24 hours after having their five-game unbeaten streak snapped Friday night in Revelstoke.

The Knights scored twice in the third period for a 4-2 win over the Eagles in Sicamous, making a winner out of goalie Tristan Quiring who was making his first start in 13 games, finishing with 29 saves.

“Tristan responded well after we gave him a day or so to prepare for the start,” said Perrier.

“He was nervous but did a good job. He fought the puck at times, and the team responded for him. The defence was better and we had a little more urgency in how we defended our end.”

Ryan Moon, with his eighth of the year, scored the winner five minutes in to the final period. Mitchell Lukacs (3rd) added the insurance with 96 seconds left.

Colin Robin, with his ninth, in the first period and Austin Fournier, with his eighth in the second, rounded out the North Okanagan scoring.

North Okanagan has an eight-point bulge on the Princeton Posse (8-27-2-1) in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Okanagan Shuswap Division heading into a weekend doubleheader at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Knights host the third-place Kelowna Chiefs (18-14-2-1) Saturday at 7:30 p.m., then take on the division-leading Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday afternoon at 2.

The Coyotes and Posse made one of the biggest deals on deadline day.

The Posse sent leading scorer, 18-year-old forward Drew Carter, and 20-year-old goalie Stephen Heslop to Ooyoos for goalie Adam Jones and defenceman Jake Hryhoriw, both 18.

Carter has 14 goals and 30 points, which puts him fourth in Osoyoos scoring. Heslop appeared in  14 games with a 3-9-2 record, a 3.08 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.

Jones appeared in 13 games with the Coyotes, posting a record of 8-4 with a 2.41 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.

Hryhoriw played in 20 games for Osoyoos, pocketing one goal and two points along with 25 penalty minutes.

Knights Back On Track With Win In Sicamous

It was a quick turn around for the North Okanagan Knights players and coaching staff.  After travelling to Revelstoke on Friday night and falling short of a victory, they got right back on their horses and 24 hours later were on the bus driving down the road to take on the resurging Sicamous Eagles.  On Friday night the Eagles shocked one of the best teams in the league, the Kamloops Storm with a 4-1 win on home ice.

So here we go.

The Knights struck first at the 6:24 mark when Colin Robin scored on a hard working goal.  Assists going out to Brady Marzocco.

The Eagles tied the game at 19:22 of the second.  The Knights replied and took the lead at the 7:00 mark.  Scoring for the Knights was Austin Fournier.  Brady Marzocco got the assist.  Sicamous tied the game shortly after and both teams headed to their dressing rooms deadlocked at 2-2.

Ryan Moon scored the winning goal at the 14:49 mark of the third when he shot the puck high in the top corner beating Michael Lenko.  It was a beautiful goal by Moon.  Assists going out to Layne Greene and Joey Guerra.

After Moon’s goal the Knights put a blank over the Eagles forward attack defended and smothering the neutral zone with precision tactical execution.

At 1:36 off a neutral zone turn over, Mitchell Lukacs drove the puck to the net making an excellent shot which beat Lenko to the far side.  The goal was unassisted putting the Knights up 4-2 and sealing the deal.

Final shots in the game were Sicamous 31 and North Okanagan 29.

Tristan Quiring started in goal for the Knights posting a 93.9% save percentage.

Next action for the Knights is on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th.  On Saturday the Knights will host the Kelowna Chiefs.  Game time is at 7:30 pm.  On Sunday the Knights will welcome the Osoyoos Coyotes to the Nor-Val.  Game time is at 1:00 pm.

Knights Fall To Grizzlies

The North Okanagan Knights were defeated by the Revelstoke Grizzlies 4-3 last night at the Revelstoke Form.  The Knights struck first at the 18:14 mark of the first period when Ryan Moon scored on the power play.  The goal was assisted by Mitchell Cobbett and Cam Welch.  Revelstoke replied at 5:12 to tie the game.

There was only one goal scored in the second period and it was by the Grizzlies.

In the third period four goals were exchanged.  The Knights tied the game at 13:17 when Colin Robin made a nice pass out to Brady Marzocco.  It was Marzocco’s first goal as a Knight as he was signed on Wednesday as a full-time player from the Vernon Midget AAA team.  The Grizzlies scored the third and fourth goals to take a two goal lead.  The Knights replied late in the third on the power play when Layne Greene scored off a one-timer.  The goal was assisted by Patrick Nicholson and Ryan Moon.

The Knights went 2 for 6 on their power play as it is starting to heat up.

The Knights out-shot the Grizzlies 36-26 on the night.

Next action for the Knights is Saturday in Sicamous when they take on the Eagles.  Game time in 7:00 pm.

Knights Extend Streak To Five

Knights extend streak to five

posted Jan 6, 2016

Two games, two draws, two points.

The North Okanagan Knights stretched their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League unbeaten streak to five games with a pair of ties in their first two contests after the Christmas break.

Reid Wilson scored with 2:56 remaining in regulation time to give the Okanagan Shuswap Division-leading Osoyoos Coyotes a 3-3 draw with the Knights Saturday at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The goal came after the Knights killed off a lengthy five-on-three Coyotes powerplay, and 36 seconds before North Okanagan top scorer Graham Watkins was whistled for a five-minute checking from behind penalty which carried over into the extra period.

“It was a Herculean effort on the team’s part,” said Knights head coach Bryant Perrier of the penalty kills.

Knights goalie Daniel Paul made 10 of his 49 saves in overtime as Osoyoos outshot North Okanagan 52-40 (10-6 in the extra sessions). Ryland Chernomaz opened the scoring with his third of the year for the Knights at 6:15.

Colton Rhodes tied it with an unassisted marker less than two minutes later, and Osoyoos took a 2-1 lead seven minutes into the middle frame on a goal from league scoring leader Rainer Glimpel, his 20th of the year.

North Okanagan player of the game Jack Berger scored his fourth with 2:11 remaining in the period to tie the game before Ryan Moon scored  his sixth on a powerplay two minutes into the third to give the Knights the lead.

“We have been playing much better and we’ve shown we can play with the big boys now,” said Perrier, whose team has taken three out of four points from the Coyotes in their last two meetings.

On New Year’s Eve in Princeton, Cameron Welch scored his seventh on a powerplay with 3:52 remaining to give the Knights a 2-2 draw with the Posse.

Watkins scored his team-leading 13th goal on a penalty shot midway through the second to tie the game 1-1. The opening goal came off a fortuitous bounce for the Posse. A dump-in hit a stanchion along the boards and, with Paul out of the net to play the puck, caromed into an empty net.

“Two months ago, if that type of goal had gone in we’d have given up three more,” said Perrier. “Right now, the guys have a taste of winning and are starting to understand how to win. If we get down, we push back and stick to the plan.”

Paul finished with 42 saves. North Okanagan (9-20-3-4) has a seven-point lead on Princeton (8-26-1-1) in the battle for fourth. The Knights face a weekend doubleheader, playing the Grizzlies in Revelstoke Friday, and the Eagles in Sicamous Saturday.

The league’s trade deadline is Jan. 10 and Perrier has vowed to make a move.

“I’m working on something right now,” he said, declining to say what the deal is. The Knights have three player cards left.

Knights Continue Their Strong Play Against Osoyoos

Knights Continue Their Strong Play Against Osoyoos

The North Okanagan Knights extended their strong play against the Osoyoos Coyotes playing to a 3-3 draw on Saturday night in Armstrong.

The Knights have earned three of four points against Osoyoos in their past two games.

The game was thoroughly entertaining to watch by everyone who attended.

The Knights were outshot after the first period 17-8.

However the Knights found their stride half way through the second frame outshooting the Coyotes 14-9.

The Knights battled through major adversity late in the third period when they had to kill off two, 5 on 3 penalties. The second penalty carried over in the first overtime period.

Once the Knights were even strength they created a few quality scoring chances in the 3 on 3 frame but nothing materialized and the game ended in a draw.

The single point earned has given the Knights a seven point gap between themselves and Princeton for the final play-off position in the Okanagan Division.  The Posse lost both their games on the weekend.

Scoring the Knights first goal was Ryland Chernomaz, assists to Layne Greene and Scott Latwat.

Scoring second was Jack Berger, assisted by Graham Watkins and rounding out the scoring was Ryan Moon, assisted by Graham Watkins and Patrick Nicholson.

Daniel Paul was solid in between the pipes again posting a .945% save percentage.

Knights will now have the full week to prepare for their Friday contest when they travel to Revelstoke to take on the Grizzlies.

The Knights will play their Saturday contest in Sicamous against the Eagles.


Knights Battle For Tie Against Princeton

The North Okanagan Knights battled hard for a 2 – 2 tie last night in Princeton earning a very important point in the standings.

There was end to end action and both teams played with an inspired passion and intensity knowing the fourth and final play-off position is still on the line.

Princeton opened up the scoring in a very odd situation.   The puck looked like it was being rimmed around the boards for Daniel Paul to play when the puck was re-directed off the glass hitting the stanchion and driving itself into the open net while Paul was out of his net ready to play the puck for his Defense.

The Knights tied the game on a penalty shot called on Princeton for hooking.  Graham Watkins scored on the Penalty shot on what people would call a “Datsyukian” hockey move to the net.

Rounding out the scoring for the Knights was Cam Welch on the power play.  Ryan Moon and Graham Watkins added assists on the goal.

There was no scoring in the 4 on 4 or 3 on 3 sessions.

Final shot were 42 for Princeton and 38 for the Knights.

Daniel Paul continues with his solid play in between the pipes for the Knights posting a .950% save percentage.

Knights next action is on Saturday, January 2nd when they host the Osoyoos Coyotes.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

Knights Getting Prepared For New Year’s Eve Battle In Princeton

The North Okanagan Knights have returned form their Christmas break getting prepared for a New Year’s Eve battle with the Princeton Posse.  The game will be an away contest for the Knights.

This is another important game for the Knights as they are currently six points up on Princeton for the final play-off position in the Okanagan Division.

Game time in Princeton is 5:00 pm.

Next home game for the Knights is Saturday, January 2nd, against Osoyoos at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Game time is 7:30 pm.

Knights On A Roll

Knights On A Roll

posted Dec 26, 2015

Maybe the North Okanagan Knights should waive the Christmas break.

The Knights went into Osoyoos Saturday and thumped the Okanagan Shuswap Division-leading Coyotes 5-2 for a third straight Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory to close out the first half of the season.

“Our team is ready to keep rolling when the break is over,” said Knights forward Scott Latwat of Vernon, who scored twice Saturday.

North Okanagan trailed 1-0 after one period but led 3-2 going into the final 20 minutes, where Mitchell Lukacs scored his second of the season, on a powerplay, from Trent Redschlag and game star Layne Greene with 2:01 remaining.

Latwat added his second goal into an empty net with goalie Daniel Paul picking up an assist with 1:16 left.

After Reid Wilson staked the Coyotes to a 1-0 lead midway through the first, the Knights scored three straight in the second from Graham Watkins (team-leading 12th), Austin Fournier (7th) and Latwat (4th).

League scoring leader Rainer Glimpel scored his 17th of the season (50th point) 38 seconds after Latwat to make it 3-2 Knights.

North Okanagan outshot the hosts 41-40.

The two previous meetings with the division leaders saw the Knights lose 1-0 and 2-1.

“Saturday was really about rolling all four lines and having everyone play well. It was a true team win,” said Latwat.

“Right now, the team is going well, everyone is buying into what coach (Bryant Perrier) has to say and it’s all about the team.”

The win moves the Knights (9-20-1-4) six points clear of the Princeton Posse (8-24-0-1) in the battle for fourth place, though the Posse have a game in hand.

The two teams meet New Year’s Eve in Princeton.

The Knights host the Coyotes (23-7-0-1) in their first home game after Christmas on Saturday, Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have already clinched playoff spots.

Seasons Greetings From The North Okanagan Knights


Seasons Greetings From The North Okanagan Knights!

In warm appreciation from the North Okanagan Knights Hockey Club during the past year.  We extend our very best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season.

Huge Win For The Knights

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.