Chris Turner and the Kelowna Chiefs saw their KIJHL season end Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Summerland Steam.

Silver lining to Chiefs’ season

Kelowna's junior B team takes early exit from KIJHL playoffs but program continues to grow

The end result didn’t exactly meet with the Kelowna Chiefs’ on-ice expectations.

Still, an early playoff exit aside, general manager Grant Sheridan said it was another good year for the KIJHL club.

The Chiefs bowed out of the post-season on Saturday night, losing Game 7 of their first round playoff series 2-1 to the hometown Summerland Steam.

“It was a disappointing finish, but we were really happy with the team, the players that we had here and the support from the community,” Sheridan said. “Every game but one was a one-goal game, so a bounce here or a bounce there and who knows ? All in all, we’re happy.”

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Jason Tansem, the Chiefs finished third in the Okanagan Division, before taking the Steam a full seven games in the division semifinal.

It marked the end of the junior B careers of five Chiefs’ players—assistant captains Chase Astorino and Dylan Jamieson, Nick Josephs, Ethan Rusnack and Carter Melnyk.

Off the ice, the Chiefs continue to make gains both in the stands—averaging close to 300 fans this season—and in the community.

“Our goal has been to see the program grow a little each year and we’ve seen that,” Sheridan said. “The community and fan support is very good and we’re happy with the direction we’re headed. We have the philosophy of when  we make a dollar, we spend a dollar to continue to moving the program forward, and keeping the momentum going.”

As is often the case, with graduation and the possibility of some players moving up to junior A, Sheridan expects the Chiefs will be rebuilding about half the team for next season.

Tansem is expected back as head coach, while the team has an open spot for an assistant.

The Chiefs will hold spring camps in Kitimat March 27 to 29, and in Kelowna from May 29 to 31.

 

Just Posted

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Kelowna city councillor suggests bringing back photo radar

Gail Given says it could help generate traffic fine revenue for the city—and make roads safer

‘Game changer” research deal between three B.C. Interior universities

UBCO, TRU, UNBC say deal will help innovation, research, aid students and increase quality of life

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Michaels: Big Brother has become a big letdown

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide, but privacy should still have some appeal.”

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Most Read