Friday April 18, 2014






KIJHL: Sudden drought drops Storm into tie for third

The Kamloops Storm’s losing streak hit six Saturday with a 6-3 loss to the host Osoyoos Coyotes.

The skid means the Storm (12-13-2-2), which was just a point out of first place after its last victory, on Nov. 11, is tied for third in the five-team KIJHL Doug Birks Divison. Kamloops last won when it beat the North Okanagan Knights 5-3 in Armstrong on Remembrance Day.

The Storm will try to get on track before a pair of home games — Kamloops will welcome the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Friday and the Revelstoke Grizzlies on Saturday. Both games will be played at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, and both will start at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Kamloops gave up three straight goals in the second period, and couldn’t get out of the hole. Rourke O’Briain, Austin Braid and Spencer Schoech scored for Kamloops, and Marcus Beesley made 41 saves.

Evan Last, with two, Rory Neary, Troy Maclise, Garrett Kucher and Brett Anderson scored for Osoyoos, which got 34 saves from Joseph MacConnell.

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Chase also lost Saturday, as the Grand Forks Border Bruins beat the visiting Heat, 8-3.

Connor Gross, Brandon Savala, Nathan Cory, Connor Bowen, Jackson Purvis, Connor Kidd, Jacob Jeske and Coleton Dawson scored for Grand Forks, which won for the third time in 24 games, and Luke Jones and Jeske each had three assists. Robert Dunsmuir had 32 saves in the victory.

Karsten Banack, Shelby Kostyshen and Chad Wilde scored for Chase. Devon Pearson started, and allowed four goals on 22 shots, and Jacob Mattes stopped 14 of 18 shots.

Chase (7-17-2-1) remains fifth in the Doug Birks Division.





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