North Okanagan Knights fall prey to Posse

North Okanagan Knights bow 3-1 to Princeton Posse in KIJHL play Sunday at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.

The North Okanagan Knights racked up a season-high 39 shots Sunday afternoon at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

A good number, but they could only muster one goal and lost 3-1 to the Princeton Posse in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play before 100 fans.

The Knights went in front 12 minutes in when Zack Andrusiak registered his eighth goal of the season, assisted by Jordan Passmore and Kelsey Byrne. Craig Thompson levelled the score three minutes later with his first of the season.

Princeton went ahead with six minutes left in the second frame on Thomas Cankovic’s fifth of the year. Cankovic, a 17-year-old rookie from Whistler, added insurance midway through the third.

Posse netminder Bailey Stephens and Knights’ captain Dryden Profeit were named Stars of the Game. Mitch Profeit made 33 saves in the loss.

Princeton is third in the Okanagan Division at 14-12-2-2, while the Knights are last at 5-26-1-2.

North Okanagan visits the Chase Heat (13-14-2-5) tonight and face the 13-16-2-1 Chiefs Saturday in Kelowna before the Christmas break. The Knights get two weeks off before playing in Kelowna Saturday, Jan. 3.

The Osoyoos Coyotes are first in the 20-team league at 26-6-0-1. Vernon’s Brett Jewell has 10-10-20 in his rookie season. The 18-year-old played Midget House hockey last year and was out of hockey, skiing instead, the year before.

The Coyotes visit Armstrong for a Sunday, Jan. 4 matinee.