Storm bury Knights early

Kamloops Storm build early lead to brush back North Okanagan Knights 8-3.

The host North Okanagan Knights were down four goals before they knew it and simply couldn’t recover Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Kamloops Storm capitalized on four of 15 powerplays en route to an 8-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win.

Knights’ assistant coach Shawn Webb wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s effort in the first period, but credited them battling back in the second period to make it a 5-3 game.

“We got into some penalty problems in the first period,” he said. “We gave Kamloops all five goals. It’s not like we were getting beat by a team that was skating harder than us.”

The Storm, first in the Okanagan-Shuswap Conference’s Doug Birks Division at 30-7-1-4, got singles from Colten DeFrias (2+2), on the powerplay, and Jared Anderson before the Knights, third in the Doug Birks at 28-13-0-1, answered with a shorthanded marker by Cory Hochhausen with eight minutes to play in the frame.

Goals by Tyler Jackson and Ian Chrystal rounded out the first period scoring.

After refocusing in the intermission, North Okanagan responded in the second frame with goals by Chris Gillies (shorthanded), a Vernon product, and Eric Chore (powerplay).

Falling into penalty trouble again late in the frame, the Knights gave up a pair of man advantage goals to Josh Rasmussen.

DeFrias completed the scoring with a shorty in the third period.

The Knights hosted the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (25-14-0-4) Saturday night, and entertain the Summerland Steam (11-30-0-2) in a 2 p.m. matinee today at Nor-Val.