The North Okanagan Knights began their KIJHL regular season Friday with an overtime loss in Princeton. (Morning Star file photo)

Posse track down Knights

KIJHL: Hometown Princeton Posse rally from 2-0 down to beat North Okanagan Knights 3-2 in overtime

The North Okanagan Knights didn’t have a lot of time to fret over the extra point that slipped away Friday.

The Knights took on the Sicamous Eagles in the team’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League home opener Saturday at the Nor-Val Sports Centre, 24 hours after blowing a 2-0 first-period lead and falling 3-2 in overtime to the Posse in Princeton.

Brady Marzocco opened the scoring with a powerplay marker from Jason Shaigec and Jeff Schlenker at 5:20. Less than two minutes later, Tyler Olsen scored with the man advantage for the Knights with Levi Harris and Carl Main picking up helpers.

North Okanagan held the Posse off the scoreboard until late in the second, when Nicholas Graham scored with just five seconds left in the frame.

Graham got the equalizer with 3:53 left in regulation time, and Drew Carter scored the unassisted winner 21 seconds into overtime for the Posse.

Zach Willms made 41 saves in taking the loss for the Knights, who were outshot 44-38.

Elsewhere, as the league kicked off its new season Friday, Vernon’s Kaden Black had an assist as the defending Okanagan Shuswap Conference champion Chase Heat fell 6-4 in its home opener to the Osoyoos Coyotes.

Vernon’s Michael LeNoury was kept off the Nelson scoresheet but the hometown Leafs blanked the defending league champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks 1-0.

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