Morning Star Staff
A goal is the goal for the North Okanagan Knights.
Matthew Huber made 24 saves as the host Summerland Steam blanked the Knights 4-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Tuesday night.
It was the second straight shutout loss for the Knights, who haven’t scored since midway through the second period of a game Nov. 24 in Summerland, a stretch of nearly eight periods.
“While it would be nice to score seven goals a game, that just won’t happen in this league,” said veteran Knights forward Colin Robin, who is second on the team in goals scored (seven) and third in points (19).
“Goalies in this league are good and to beat them you need to get plenty of shots a game. I feel that’s all we need to do. Get more shots on net and we’ll start getting more bounces our way.”
The Knights (5-19-1-4) host the Kelowna Chiefs (15-8-2-0) tonight at 7:30 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.
“I believe our work ethic is there for the club right now,” said Robin, of Fort St. James. “We are a team that prides ourselves on hard work and competing 100 per cent and when we do that we give ourselves a chance to win every night. If you look at our last few games we have given some very strong teams a run for their money.”
North Okanagan, which has scored the fewest goals in the league (55), fell behind in the first period at 11:33 on a marker from Cole Williams.
That goal stood up until the Steam (17-9) added three more in the final 20 minutes. The Knights, who were 0-for-6 on the man advantage, and who gave up a powerplay and shorthanded marker in the third period, got 39 saves from game star Daniel Paul as their losing streak hit four.
“This team does not view anything that has happened lately as any sort of a slump,” said Robin. “We’re looking at the positives of all our games and fixing all the little errors that come with being such a young and inexperienced team that is in the midst of a rebuild.”