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Jan 2014 21

Kelowna Chiefs Prepare For Steam

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After sweeping their weekend games the Kelowna Chiefs have clinched a playoff berth in the Okanagan Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL).

Through 40 games the Chiefs own a 26-11-0-3 record, good for 55 points.

They sit atop the tightest division in the KIJHL, as two other teams are within 10 points of first place.  The Summerland Steam have collected 48 points, while the Osoyoos Coyotes have 45 points.

With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Chiefs will play the Steam and ‘Yotes six times, making for a very interesting finish to the campaign.

The Chiefs are still adjusting to life without Nick Joesphs, still the leading point getter in the KIJHL. He was called up to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL after recording 75 points in 33 games.

It’s been a “scoring by committee” style for the Chiefs as Jagger Bowles now has the club lead with 59 points.  Their 150 goals is third most in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference behind the Coyotes 155 and the 193 of the Kamloops Storm.

The final push for the post season for the Chiefs begins Tuesday when they face the Steam at the Rutland Arena.   The Chiefs are 3-1 against the Steam this season, outscoring them 16-14, despite each match up finishing as a one goal game, including an overtime victory for the Chiefs in December.  The Chiefs only loss came in their lone home meeting in November.

The Steam have tallied 151 goals this season led by Kienan Scott (24+22) with 46 points.   Paulsen Lautard has collected 16 goals and 35 points.

Goaltending will be a factor on Tuesday as the Steam will start Brett Huber and his 2.77 goals against average.  He has tallied a 14-11-1 record and a save percentage of 90.6%.

Puck drops at the Rutland Arena at 7:00pm.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography


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