Morning Star Staff
The North Okanagan Knights marked Halloween night with a somewhat scary 6-3 victory over the Chase Heat at Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong.
Head coach Kris Mallette was hardly impressed as the first overall Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Knights improved to 13-2-0-1. The Heat fell to 4-12-1-1.
“I’m disgusted with the way we’re playing,” said Mallette. “We’re a very skilled team and we’re resting on that right now. In the last five games, we’ve been working hard, but we’re not working smart. We can’t break out of our zone on the first pass and our play in the offensive zone is an absolute disaster. There’s no attention to details.”
Mallette has challenged the Knights to show more intelligent play as they host the Summerland Steam (6-8-0-1) tonight and visit the Princeton Posse (9-6) Saturday night.
The Knights, who have won six straight, got goals from Tyler Bolduc (4th), Morgan Johnston (9th), Mac Ferner (4th), Owen Barker (5th), Brett Hawrys (5th) and Derek Andrews (4th).
Barker scored on a shorthanded penalty shot, awarded when he was taken down by d-man Reece Forman on a breakaway. Johnston connected after taking a breakaway pass just as he left the penalty box.
Kurtis Johnson (6th), Chad Wilde (1st) and Dominick Hodges (5th) replied for the Heat, who are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.
North Okanagan outshot Chase 55-32 with Dustin Nikkel winning his 10th game. Jacob Mattes started and gave way to Devon Pearson after the Knights went up by three.