Knights turn back Chiefs

The North Okanagan Knights went into the playoffs feeling pretty good about themselves.

  • Feb. 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The North Okanagan Knights went into the playoffs feeling pretty good about themselves.

Captain TJ Christensen scored at 3:02 of overtime as the Knights clipped the Kelowna Chiefs 6-5 Saturday night at Rutland Arena.

The Knights visited the Summerland Steam Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Okanagan Division best-of-seven playoff series. Game 2 goes tonight in Armstrong at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Blake Culbert and Dryden Profeit assisted on Christensen’s 11th snipe of the season for the fourth-place Knights (24-26-0-2).

Veteran Tanner Burns bagged his 11th and 12th goals of the year for North Okanagan, singles going to Morgan Johnston (12th), Blaine Caton (7th) and d-man Austin Garrington (4th).

Culbert finished with three helpers, while Caton and Logan Geefs each had a pair.

Braeden Cyra supplied two powerplay goals for the second-place Chiefs (31-17-0-4). Adam Beatty, Matt Naka and Jagger Bowles netted singles.

The Chiefs hosted the Osoyoos Coyotes in their playoff series opener Tuesday night.

The Steam (33-15-1-3) finished 20 points ahead of the Knights. Game 3 goes Friday night in Summerland, while the fourth game is Saturday night in Armstrong.