Goaltending secures victory for Lakers against Kelowna

Niall McGregor turned aside 37 shots in a 3-1 win against the Kelowna Chiefs in Penticton Wednesday.

Niall McGregor turned aside 37 shots in a 3-1 win against the Kelowna Chiefs in Penticton Wednesday.

The Lakers netminder received first star honours in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game, that helped the junior B club snap a four-game losing skid.

The game’s first goal came from the Lakers’ Reilly O’Connor at 13:19 in the second period. After two periods, the Chiefs outshot the Lakers 20-12. In the third period, the Chiefs peppered McGregor and the Lakers with 18 shots. Only one got by the netminder, while the Lakers struck twice on their two shots. Matt Hill gave the Lakers the lead with 8:36 remaining. Dylan Gamble added the third Lakers goal 11 seconds later.

The victory improves the Lakers to  3-6-0 and gives them a similar record to the Chiefs. The Lakers remain in last place in the Okanagan Division because the Chiefs have a better goal differential, plus-two compared to minus-12.

The Lakers will have a chance to build on their win at home against the Summerland Steam at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Golden Rockets at 2 p.m. on Sunday.