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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.”

 

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.