In a nail-biter of a game the Kelowna Chiefs defeated the North Okanagan Knights 4-3 in overtime in KIJHL action Saturday at Rutland Arena.
Logan Geefs started things off on the evening for the Knights at the 14:41 mark in the first period on a power play. It wasn’t until 9:06 that Josh Kobelka fired back for the Chiefs to tie up the game with an unassisted goal. Before the end of 20 minutes of play, the Knights would have a 2-1 lead.
After a scoreless second period, the Knights once again scored on the power play to extend their lead 3-1. It didn’t look good for Kelowna but the guys held on and Ryan Lawson went on to score on the man advantage to make the game 3-2. Lawson didn’t stop there; scoring with just 1:33 left in the period and tying up the game.
That forced the five minute overtime period.
Then with just seven seconds remaining, Dylan Jamieson was able to sneak one past Knights goaltender Josh Shank for the 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
Shank, the former backup goaltender for the Chiefs, was rock solid between the pipes and proved to be quite the obstacle for Kelowna. The 17-year-old faced 61 shots on goal. Chiefs starting goaltender Chris Turner faced 34 shots on goal.
The victory follows a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Princeton Posse on Friday and marks the Chiefs first win of 2015.
The Kelowna Chiefs will get a short rest before hitting the road on Monday, to take on the Columbia Valley Rockies in a rescheduled game from November 22 that had to be canceled due to poor road conditions. The Chiefs will then continue their road trip to Revelstoke to take on the Rockies on Tuesday, Jan. 6.