It took 18 games for the Coyotes to finally be defeated on home ice. It was the Kamloops Storm who did the honours, 3-2 in a shootout, Friday night in Osoyoos.
The Coyotes led 1-0 after 20 minutes, thanks to an early Tegan Neuman goal. The Storm tied the game in the second period, leaving things even at 1-1 headed for the third.
Ethan McKinley put Osoyoos ahead 2-1 at the 2:08 mark of period three on the powerplay. However, Kamloops scored the equalizer with a little over eight minutes remaining.
The teams battled through overtime, a five minute stretch which saw the Coyotes outshoot the Storm 4-0, but were unable to capitalize with the man advantage for nearly a full two minutes at the start of the extra period.
Kamloops got the only goal of the shootout.
Both netminders, Colton Phillips-Watts and Kenny Marquart, made some key saves throughout the game. Osoyoos outshot the Storm 34-29 over 65 minutes of fast, hard hitting, playoff style hockey.
The Coyotes still only need one more win to clinch first place in the Bill Ohlhausen Division. They’ll attempt to achieve that on Saturday night (Jan. 29th) in Princeton.