Knights cruise

Steve Pantazopoulos supplied 2+2 as the North Okanagan Knights ended a two-game skid with a 7-3 drubbing of the host Chase Heat Saturday night at Art Holding Memorial Arena.

Steve Pantazopoulos supplied 2+2 as the North Okanagan Knights ended a two-game skid with a 7-3 drubbing of the host Chase Heat Saturday night at Art Holding Memorial Arena.

The Knights, third overall in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Okanagan/Shuswap Conference at 5-3, visit the Sicamous Eagles Saturday night.

“We figured it out in the second and third periods the way we have to play to be successful said Knights’ head coach Kris Mallette. “Our forwards were coming back and supporting our dee and it turned into a lot of odd-man rushes for us.

“We were doing things a lot better than we had been in the previous two or three games.”

After a scoreless first period, Nathan Browne, making his Knights’ debut, and 16-year-old Quinnton Sutherland, with his first of the season, had North Okanagan up 2-1 midway through the second period. Singles by the Heat’s Dylan Richardson and Pantazopoulos made it 3-2 after 40 minutes.

“He (Sutherland) had a smile ear-to-ear. It was good for him to get the monkey off his back,” said Mallette.

The Knights dominated with their systematic play in the third frame, getting further offence from Patrick Chore, Steve Sipprel, Eric Chore and Pantazopoulos in support of netminder Dustin Nikkel (18 saves).

Jordan Vallance, a Vernon native, recorded 19 stops for the 0-8 Heat.

The Knights’ Ben Greenaway and Brendan Jost, and the Heat’s Wade Cline and Owen Barker, an Armstrong product, were tossed for fighting in the third period.

Vernon’s Jared Seutter earned an assist on Chase’s first goal.

Just Posted

Valley First feeds a big Okanagan need

Feed the Valley succeeding in fighting hunger

City of Vernon cuts Portland Loo hours

Facility now only open until 8 p.m.; council looks at adjusting schedule

Walk this way, if you dare at Armstrong farm theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre near Vernon presents Walk of Terror

Rockabilly and zombies merge for good cause in Vernon

Living Independent Vernon to host Halloween dance to raise funds

North Okanagan salmon expert supports calls for change in salmon management

A North Okanagan salmon expert supports the Federation’s call to move away from net fishing

Competition shakes up for the Okanagan Mixoff

The Okanagan Mixoff takes place Nov. 7 in Kelowna

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

South Okanagan dangerous offender guilty plea struck down

Trial delayed again because Ronald Teneycke failed to elect his choice of trial

Six bears destroyed in three days in West Kelowna

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

West Kelowna Warriors being sold back to BC Hockey League

Current owner Kim Dobranski said the sale back to the BCHL should be completed by the end of October

Police standoff ends peacefully in West Kelowna

A distraught man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon

Most Read