The Kamloops Storm is proving to be tough to beat early in this KIJHL season.
The Storm improved to 5-0-0-0 with a 5-4 victory over the Chiefs in Kelowna on Sunday, Kamloops’ third victory in three nights. Kamloops had beaten the host Osoyoos Coyotes 7-3 on Saturday and the host Princeton Posse 5-4 on Friday.
Ian Chrystal was the hero Sunday, scoring the winner with 46 seconds remaining in the third period. Brett Watkinson, Luke Gordon, Spencer Schoech and Felix Larouche also scored for the Storm. Kyle Michalovsky was the winning goaltender, and Schoech, Bobby Kashuba and Josh Rasmussen each had two assists.
Chase Astorino, Nick Josephs, Dylan Jamieson and Jagger Bowles scored for Kelowna.
Michalovsky turned aside 46 shots for the victory Saturday in Osoyoos.
Kashuba and Brock Balson each had two goals and an assist, with Daniel Buchanan scoring one goal and helping out on two others, and Gordon adding three assists.
Rasmussen and Watkinson also scored for the Storm.
Aaron Azevedo, Troy Maclise and Jackson DeMatos scored for Osoyoos.
The Storm is home for two weekend games — it is to play host to the North Okanagan Knights on Friday and the Golden Rockets on Saturday. Both games are at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, starting at 7 p.m.
The Chase Heat, meanwhile, got two goals from Cody Hodges and singles from McKenzie Guardiero, Kaleb Boyle and Cody Koskimaki in a 5-1 victory over the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Saturday. Jacob Mattes made 27 saves, with 100 Mile’s Luke Santerno scoring the Wranglers’ goal.
Chase is on the road next weekend, playing in Kimberley on Friday, Fernie on Saturday and Creston Valley on Sunday.