Mar 2014 02

Kelowna Chiefs Swept From Playoffs

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For the third time since 2010 the Kelowna Chiefs season comes to a close at the hands of the Osoyoos Coyotes.

On Saturday night the host Coyotes defeated the Chiefs 4-1 to complete the sweep in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) playoffs.

The Chiefs opened the scoring, netting the lone goal of the first period as Nicholas Kovacik scored on the power play at the 11:38 mark.  Nicholas Gnazdowsky and Braeden Cyra recorded assists.

From there, it was all Coyotes.  They tied the game at 4:31 of the second, as Colin Chmelka scored from Jackson DeMatos and Rory Neary.  Under two minutes later the ‘Yotes scored the eventual game winner on the power play as Cameron Dobransky put the puck past Tyler O’Donnell from DeMatos and Rainer Glimpel.

In the third, the Coyotes did not take their foot off the gas pedal, outshooting the visitors 21-6.  Jamie Gallo scored at 7:51 from Brock McDonald and DeMatos before DeMatos iced the game with an empty netter with 2:49 to go.

Both clubs finished 1-6 on the power play.

O’Donnell stopped 43 of 47 shots directed his way.  His offense generated just 30 shots, and only six in the final frame.

After a terrific regular season in which they finished 31-17-0-4, the Chiefs didn’t record a win in the playoffs.  It’s the second time in franchise history that the Chiefs were swept by the Coyotes in the post season.

The Coyotes will now have time to rest as they wait for their second round opponent in the KIJHL playoffs.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photograpy

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