Weekend home flavour for North Okanagan Knights

North Okanagan Knights hockey fans should keep their weekends free

North Okanagan Knights hockey fans should keep their weekends free.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club has released its 2015-16 schedule and all but two of the team’s 26 home games will be played on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon.

The Knights will play 10 games on Friday nights and nine on Saturday evenings.

Two games – including the team’s home opener on Sept. 23 against the Princeton Posse – will be played on Wednesdays.

All evening games start at 7:30 p.m.

North Okanagan will play five Sunday afternoon home games, starting at 2 p.m. Start times have been moved up an hour on Sunday to accommodate public skating times at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

The Knights begin the regular season with three straight road games, starting Friday, Sept. 11, in Grand Forks against the Bruins. North Okanagan will visit Spokane the next night and travel to Princeton on Friday, Sept. 18.

The home opener is the beginning of a five-game stand at Nor-Val, one of two five-game stretches at home during the season.

North Okanagan will play its final two games before the Christmas break on the road, and return for a New Year’s Eve date in Princeton (5 p.m. start).

As per the league’s rotation schedule, the Knights will not play any games this season against team’s in the Kootenay Conference’s Eddie Mountain Division (Kimberley Dynamiters, Creston Valley Thundercats, Columbia Valley Rockies, Fernie Ghostriders and Golden Rockets).