It has been a strange start to 2022 for the Osoyoos Coyotes.
Firstly, their New Year’s Day home game against North Okanagan was postponed as a result of bus trouble by the former. Then on Sunday, the Coyotes got on the road late to Princeton upon experiencing (frozen) transportation difficulties themselves.
Once the game got underway, it appeared to be business as usual for Osoyoos, who lead 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 following 40 minutes of play. However, the wheels fell off in the third.
The Coyotes appeared to be in good shape, up 4-2 with less than 12-and-a-half minutes remaining, but the Posse never quit and were rewarded by scoring the next three to grab a 5-4 advantage. Osoyoos needed a Tegan Neuman goal with only 1:42 left in regulation time to force overtime. The Coyotes even had a-minute-46 of four-on-three powerplay time in the extra period, but just couldn’t get the game winner.
Ethan O’Rourke, Tyler Badger, Jack Henderson and Payton McDonald-Corea had the other Osoyoos markers.
Kenny Marquart took the loss in net, likely not too happy with his performance, allowing six goals on 28 shots. The Coyotes outshot Princeton 43-28 overall, including 7-2 in overtime.
The loss snaps a five game winning streak, however the single point moves Osoyoos 13 points ahead of second place Kelowna atop the Bill Ohlhausen Division.
The Coyotes next host the Summerland Steam on Wednesday night (Jan. 5th) at 7:35 at the Sun Bowl Arena.