Steam hit the road to face Knights

The Summerland Steam travel to Armstrong before hosting the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday

The Summerland Steam are second in the Okanagan Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Summerland Steam are second in the Okanagan Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

The Summerland Steam ride into Armstrong to face the North Okanagan Saturday.

The Steam, winners of their last two, haven’t played a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League match since Family Day on Feb. 8 when they defeated the Princeton Posse 4-3 at the Summerland Arena.

The Steam found themselves down 3-1 early in the second period when they started their comeback late in the middle frame. Jack Mills scored on the power play from a setup by Cody Egilson and Lathan McKinney. In the third period, Wyatt Gale scored shorthanded as he was setup by Braden Eliuk to tie the game at three at 9:26. Mills buried his second of the night at 8:09 with assists to Egilson and Paulsen Lautard.

The Steam outshot the Posse 32-13. Matthew Koster made 10 saves in the win.

The Steam (30-15-0-0-2 ) have played the Knights (13-25-3-0-5) five times this season winning four. They have outscored them 16-8. On Sunday, they host the Neil Murdoch Division leaders, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 2 p.m. The Steam won their lone meeting 5-3 in Beaver Valley. The Nitehawks are 31-10-3-0-3 on the season.

The Steam will open the KIJHL playoffs against the Kelowna Chiefs on Feb.23 at the Summerland Arena at 7:30 p.m. Game 2 is on Feb.25 at the same time. The series then shifts to Rutland Arena in Kelowna on Feb.26 and 27 for Games 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 5 returns to Summerland Arena on Feb.29 at 7:30 p.m., Game 6 is at Rutland Arena on March 1 at 7 p.m. and Game 7 is scheduled for March 2 at Summerland Arena at 7:30 p.m.

In eight games against the Chiefs, the Steam is 6-2-0.