North Okanagan Knights round up Posse

North Okanagan Knights shade Princeton Posse 3-2 in double OT.

It took them seven attempts, but the North Okanagan Knights finally have a win over the Princeton Posse.

Zack Andrusiak, assisted by Austin Fournier, scored with 15 seconds remaining in double-overtime as the Knights earned their first regular-season win over the Posse, a 3-2 decision Sunday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Andrusiak’s 12th goal of the year also snapped a nine-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League losing streak for the 6-32-1-4 Knights, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Posse (18-18-2-3) opened the scoring in the first period on Konnar Dechaine’s second goal of the year, but the Knights responded just 98 seconds later on a powerplay goal by Kelsey Byrne (3rd goal). Andrusiak, who was reassigned to North Okanagan by the WHL Tri-Cities Americans early this season, drew the assist.

The Knights took their first lead on a buzzer-beater by Colin Robin (2nd goal), also on a man advantage. Byrne and Dryden Profeit supplied helpers.

After a scoreless second frame, the Posse forced extra time on Kyle Bergh’s eighth goal.

Netminder Mitch Profeit finished with 36 saves and has backed each of North Okanagan’s six wins. Bailey Stephens had 36 stops for Princeton.

The Knights entertain the KIJHL-leading Osoyoos Coyotes (34-6-1-1) tonight at Nor-Val before finishing a four-game home stand Friday against the Summerland Steam (25-15-0-2).

ICE CHIPS: The Knights called up forward Braden Gilowski from the Vernon Midget Vipers.