Knights continue overtime heroics

North Okanagan Knights stop Spokane Braves 2-1 in OT in KIJHL play Friday night.

For the third time in four games, the North Okanagan Knights have pulled off a 2-1 overtime win.

Their victims Friday night were the Spokane Braves, who North Okanagan visited for the first of a three-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing.

Vernon forward Logan Geefs pocketed the OT winner, his first goal of the season, assisted by Austin Garrington.

Mat Lambert of Vernon, with his team-leading sixth goal, forced overtime with 8:10 left in regulation after Paxton Malone scored for the 2-9-0-1 Braves, who are tied for last place in the KIJHL.

Mitch Profeit recorded 27 saves for his fourth win. The Prince George product’s 1.84 goals-against average ranks fifth in the league.

Braves’ keeper Ben Simpson finished with 31 stops.

The 7-1-0-1 Knights faced the 6-2 Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday night at Fruitvale-Beaver Valley Arena, followed by a matinee today with the 5-4-1 Grand Forks Border Bruins.

In other KIJHL action Friday night, Dallas Calvin, who left the BCHL Vernon Vipers this week, scored once as Beaver Valley fell 5-2 to the Nelson Leafs.

Vernon’s Devon Hascarl collected a single as the Revelstoke Grizzles bowed 4-2 to the Sicamous Eagles.

The Osoyoos Coyotes pushed their win streak to four games with a 6-2 decision over the Princeton Posse.

The 7-4 Coyotes are one point back of North Okanagan in the Okanagan Division, however, the Knights have two games in hand.