The North Okanagan Knights continue to take their lumps in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
The Knights, now 2-10-1-2, capped a three-game Kootenay road swing Sunday afternoon with an 8-2 loss to the Kimberley Dynamiters.
They entertain the Princeton Posse (8-4-1-2) tonight, 7 p.m., at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
“We’re making progress in the right areas,” said Knights’ head coach Jim Armstrong. “Unfortunately, we’re still making some simple mental mistakes. Team discipline needs to improve if we’re going to start climbing up the ladder.”
The 11-3-0-1 Dynamiters, who scored five unanswered first-period goals, did damage on special teams, racking up three powerplay snipes and one shorthanded marker.
Both Knights’ goals came in the second period, one by Mitchell Lukacs, the other from Austin Fournier. Drawing assists were Christopher Motoska, Tyler Mork, Zackari Andrusiak and Logan Geefs.
Tyson Klingspohn led Kimberley with a deuce, while Jordan Busch earned 1+2 in support of Liam McBain (25 saves).
Knights’ netminder Brady Lenardson allowed six goals on 31 shots before giving way to Mitch Profeit late in the second period. Profeit gave up a pair on 16 shots.
Scott Latwat scored with 2:07 to play to spoil Brandon Butler’s shutout as North Okanagan fell 6-1 to the Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at Memorial Arena.
Cole Keebler collected a hat trick for the 11-2-0-1 Ghostriders, who got a pair of first-period goals from Josh McCullogh.
Profeit made 27 saves on 33 shots, and was replaced by Lenardon 7:42 into period three.
North Okanagan’s road trip got off to a rough start Friday as three Knights ended up going to hospital to receive stitches for a number of uncalled infractions in their tilt against Creston Valley.
Armstrong praised his team for not backing down from the physical play.
“They finally realized what it’s going to take to play junior hockey,” said Armstrong, who noted the improving play of defenceman Brandon Palik.
“His play on the weekend was amazing. He’s come so far in such a short time. He’s beginning to grow into his body and he’s coming into his own.”