Another night, another one-goal setback for the North Okanagan Knights.
A third-period rally fell short Friday night at the Art Holding Memorial Arena as the Knights dropped a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest to the Chase Heat.
The defeat ran the Knights’ (3-13-1-3) winless streak to 13 games going into a Saturday night contest at home against the 100 Mile House Wranglers (13-4-0-2), the top team in the Doug Birks Division.
Five of North Okanagan’s last six losses during the slump have been by one goal including two in overtime.
“Again, we were right there but we have to get over that hump,” said Knights head coach and general manager Bryant Perrier who will be looking at tweaking the lineup before the first of two player move deadlines Dec. 1.
“I can’t do something just for the sake of doing it. It’s got to be a move or two that will help build the club. There are some areas we need to fix.
“We’re looking to improve the club and if I can do that in the next couple of weeks, I will.”
The Heat – who sit third in the Doug Birks Division at 11-7-1-0 – opened the scoring with 7:07 left in the first period on a goal from Kolten Moore, the first of two on the night for the Kamloops product.
Chase led 1-0 after 20 minutes.
Moore and Spencer Farstad scored in the middle frame to give the hometown Heat a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
Mitchell Lukacs got North Okanagan on the board at 7:27 on a powerplay, his second goal of the year, with Cameron Welch and Trent Redschlag drawing assists.
Welch pulled the Knights to within one with 4:50 remaining. His fourth of the season was set up by Redschlag and Ryan Moon.
Goalie Tristan Quiring was the Knights’ game star, making 40 saves as Chase outshot North Okanagan 43-21.
The Knights entered Saturday’s game in fourth place in the Okanagan-Shuswap Division, one point ahead of Princeton and 10 behind third-place Summerland.
The Posse, winless in their last 10, fell 4-1 Friday in Grand Forks to the Border Bruins.
The Steam were 5-1 winners Friday at home over the Kelowna Chiefs.
The Golden Rockets continue to look for their first win of the season.
The league’s only team without a W dropped to 0-17-0-2 Friday as they lost 5-2 on the road to the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.