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North Okanagan Knights fall to Coyotes

KIJHL: Osoyoos, the league’s top team, beats North Okanagan 6-4 in Sunday afternoon action
Kaleb Kremp (88) scored once as the hometown Osoyoos Coyotes beat the North Okanagan Knights 6-4 in KIJHL action Sunday, Jan. 16, in the south Okanagan. (Osoyoos Coyotes Facebook/Jen Jensen Photography)

A three-goal second period outburst propelled the hometown Osoyoos Coyotes to a 6-4 win over the North Okanagan Knights in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16.

After falling behind 2-0 six minutes into the second period, Luke Rishaug got North Okanagan on the board at 7:26 of the middle frame.

The Coyotes upped their margin to 4-1 before Matthew Johnson, on a powerplay, at 17:16 gave the Knights momentum heading into the final period.

Kyle Bax pulled North Okangan to within a goal at 8:28 of the third but Osoyoos restored its three-goal lead with goals 11 seconds apart from Zachary Park and Tegan Neuman at 11:12 and 11:23, respectively.

Brock Holliday ended the scoring for the Knights at 13:32.

Jake Dubinsky made 46 saves for the Knights while Kenneth Marquart only had to make 15 stops for the league-leading Coyotes (25-2-2-3).

North Okanagan (8-14-4-1) sits in fourth place in the Bill Ohlhausen Division, four points ahead of the Princeton Posse (7-18-3-0) with one game in hand. The Knights trail the third-place Summerland Steam (16-10-0-1) by 12 points.

North Okanagan is slated to host Princeton Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. The two teams were to have played Friday, Jan. 14, in Princeton but the game was postponed.

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