The North Okanagan Knights fell 3-1 to the Grizzlies in Revelstoke in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday, before rebounding to knock off the Princeton Posse 3-2 in double overtime in the team’s final regular season home game Monday. (Black Press photo)

The North Okanagan Knights fell 3-1 to the Grizzlies in Revelstoke in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday, before rebounding to knock off the Princeton Posse 3-2 in double overtime in the team’s final regular season home game Monday. (Black Press photo)

North Okanagan Knights miss KIJHL playoffs

Team wins final regular season home game, a 3-2 double OT thriller against Princeton

With a playoff spot gone, the North Okanagan Knights had a chance to play spoiler in their final Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season home game Monday.

And they did.

In front of a capacity Family Day crowd at the Nor-Val Sports Centre, Cameron McKenzie scored at 3:24 of the second overtime period to give the Knights a 3-2 win over the Princeton Posse, preventing the visitors from moving closer to clinching third place in the Okanagan-Shuswap Division.

McKenzie’s goal came on a powerplay with Princeton assessed a bench minor in the second extra frame.

The Posse (17-25-1-4) have 39 points, two more than the fourth-place Osoyoos Coyotes (17-27-2-1) with each team having two games left, including a huge encounter Friday in Princeton.

Whoever finishes third avoids having to play the league-best Kelowna Chiefs (42-2-1-2) in the opening round.

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The Knights (16-30-0-0), who snapped a five-game losing streak Monday, jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Cole Haberlack, 32 seconds after the national anthem, and Nicholas Teale at 3:36.

The Posse fought back with single goals in the second and third period.

Knights game star Caedon Bellmann made 42 saves for the win.

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North Okanagan dropped a 3-1 decision to the Grizzlies in Revelstoke Saturday.

McKenzie earned game-star honours, scoring the Knights’ only goal late in the first period to tie the game 1-1.

Ethan Schaeffer scored two second-period goals for Revelstoke.

Bellmann made 43 saves in net for the Knights, who will close out the season with road games Friday in Summerland and Saturday in Chase.



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