Kelowna Chiefs goalie Braeden Mitchell stones North Okanagan Knights shooter Bryan Brew from in-close while Kelowna defenceman Nathan Christensen looks to clear any rebound during Game 3 action of the teams’ KIJHL Divisional semifinal action Monday, March 2, at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Kelowna Chiefs take series lead on North Okanagan Knights

Chiefs roll into Armstrong Monday and leave with 4-1 win for a 2-1 series lead

The Kelowna Chiefs regained home-ice advantage in their best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League divisional semifinal Monday night in Armstrong.

The Chiefs scored twice in the first period, and goalie Braeden Mitchell finished with 30 saves as the Chiefs beat the North Okanagan Knights 4-1 in front of 242 fans at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Game 4 goes Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Nor-Val. Game 5 will be played Thursday, March 5, at the Rutland Arena.

READ MORE: Kelowna Chiefs edge North Okanagan Knights, even series

Leo Harju snapped a wrist shot past Knights goalie Sean Kanervisto to open the scoring 3:17 after the national anthem. The Chiefs made it 2-0 with a powerplay goal from Nathan Driver, who one-timed a cross-ice pass from Ryan Antonakis and beat Kanervisto, who had no chance on the shot. The goal also came with a delayed penalty coming to the Knights and an extra attacker on the ice.

Zane Avery upped the lead to 3-0 Kelowna at 15:21 of the middle frame.

Kyle Bax broke up Mitchell’s shutout bid with a goal at 17:58 for the Knights, assisted by Darius Makse and Tyler Olsen.

Driver finished the scoring with an empty-netter for the Chiefs at 19:58.

Kanervisto finished with 29 saves.

KNIGHT MOVES: Before Game 3, North Okanagan forward Tyler Cheetham was presented with the Bill Ohlhausen Division’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year Award by outgoing league president (and Armstrong native) Larry Martel.

Cheetham collected eight penalty minutes in 45 games in his rookie campaign while racking up 31 points.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

KIJHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

North Okanagan Knights forward Tyler Cheetham (left) is presented the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Bill Ohlhausen Division’s Most Sportsmanlike Player Award by league president (and Armstrong native) Larry Martel prior to Game 3 of the Knights’ divisional semifinal with the Kelowna Chiefs Monday, March 2, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong. (Roger Knox - Black Press)

Just Posted

Okanagan libraries still open for business, online

Family activities, increased eBook titles and more added online

COVID-19: Vernon business delivers cure for boredom in self-isolation

Boarding House Café delivers board games and baked goods amid pandemic

WATCH: Vernon gyms bring workouts home

‘This doesn’t change what’s happening in the world, but it can change how you cope with it’

Easter weekend brightened up by Vernon business

Social distancing might have you down, so one business is spreading cheer

COVID-19: Vernon pet grooming store closed temporarily after symptoms shown

Wet Spot Grooming and Pet Care to announce return Easter Monday

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

Public warned to stay away from algae bloom near Herald Park in Shuswap Lake

Interior Health states that people, pets should not drink the water in the area or touch the algae

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

South Shuswap residents criticize upgrades to Balmoral Road/Highway 1 intersection

Reliance on frontage roads and narrow underpasses near Blind Bay not good enough

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

COVID-19: No more international flights at Kelowna International Airport

All international flights at YLW have been suspended, airport to operate just nine flights a day

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

Most Read