Big Rebound

November 4, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

On the heels of losing a pair of games to Osoyoos over the weekend, the Kelowna Chiefs bounced back with a 6-2 win over the North Okanagan Knights.

In the return of goaltender Brandon Gaucher, injured early in the season against these very same Knights, the game started with the first two shots against him being goals. But that would be all the daylight the Knights would see for the night.

The Chiefs had a goal of their own between the two from the Knights and the first period ended with the Knights up 2-1.

The second period was a thing of beauty from the Chiefs including numerous timely saves from Gaucher, a goal from KIJHL  rookie Landon Gran and another from defenseman turned forward (due to injuries) Brendan Laing. Jason ......

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Big Weekend Test

October 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM

Kelowna Chiefs' Ryan Pereverzoff hustles on the backcheck against Osoyoos Coyotes' Daniel Stone.

This coming weekend will prove to be significant for the Kelowna Chiefs and Osoyoos Coyotes Junior Hockey Club. They play each other twice, once each at home, and are separated by a single point. It could and should be argued there isn't much between the two teams this season.

So what might separate them? They've faced one another once this season, a 3-2 win by the Chiefs. It was fast, aggressive and just plain fun to watch. Even though the Chiefs came out on top, it could have gone either way.

The difference just might come on special teams. The Chiefs are one of the most penalized team in the leagues, giving opponents 7.5 chances on the powerplay per game. Though they've scored three times short-handed, it's a ...

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Kelowna Chiefs Announce New Captain

April 2, 2016 @ 1:15 PM

Just a month plus a day after closing out their up and down 2015-16 season and captain Josh Baird seeing the end of his junior career, the Kelowna Chiefs have announced their new captain for the upcoming season.

With two KIJHL seasons (112 games-5 goals-23 assists) with the Chiefs under his belt, 19 year old (1996) defenseman Josh "Johnny" Johnston will wear the "C" for the Chiefs. As a member of the BCMML Champion Okanagan Rockets in 2013-14 Josh is no stranger to success or hard work.

"I can't wait for the new season to start." Johnston said. "Talking with our management team during this process, it's pretty clear we all have high expectations. They're recruiting aggressively and we'...

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Ending the Year on a High Note

December 20, 2015 @ 11:38 PM

Coming off of two straight losses on Friday and Saturday night, the Chiefs found a way to win against the Sicamous Eagles on Sunday, even if it took overtime to come out on top 7-6.

The two previous games the Chiefs scored only a single goal. Sicamous had scored eight the previous night.

The opening period was just what the Chiefs needed despite allowing the opening goal to Sicamous' Bradley Whitehead. It took only 90 seconds for the Chiefs to tie the game on the power play and then snatch the lead away from the goal hungry Eagles. Jonathan Lee would get the first from Josh Johnston and Luke Kalenuik while Josh Baird would count his 16th of the season from Ryan Lawson and Lee. The score was 2-1 and the game was only four minutes old...

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Chiefs Run Into Grinchy Mullen

December 18, 2015 @ 11:52 PM

It took just eleven seconds to undo what was arguably one of the best games of the season Friday night that saw the Kelowna Chiefs lose to the Summerland Steam 2-1.

With less time on the clock than it takes to brew a Keurig cup of coffee, the battle that had been going on all night between the Chiefs' Dakota Kittle and Summerland netminder Jacob Mullen (34 saves) finally erupted.

Summerland's Michael McCeachern opened the scoring midway through the first period, which was largely fought in the neutral zone. A few minutes prior, Summerland had a breakaway goal reversed after the officials discussed the play, but Summerland kept pushing and got the breakthrough.

The second period was a much more open affair with both teams seeing...

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Chiefs Wrangle Posse

December 12, 2015 @ 9:53 PM

Ryan Lawson (centre facing) had a goal and two assists while game star Josh Baird (27) counted the games first two goals.

The Kelowna Chiefs brought their four game losing streak to an end Saturday night with a convincing 4-0 win over the short-handed Princeton Posse.

With both teams coming off of tightly battled losses the previous night the first period was a tight affair with neither team wanting to fall behind early. With just four minutes remaining in the opening frame, Josh Baird wristed a shot from the slot behind Posse goaltender Chandler Billinghurst (48 saves) to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

With the bit in their teeth, the Chiefs continued pressing but only managed to hit the post when Luke Kalenuik hit the post from a scramble in front of the net.

Thirty seconds into the second period Baird would add his second goal on the night from Dakota ...

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Kelowna Chiefs Weekend Review - December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 @ 4:06 PM

After rattling off an eight game undefeated streak and losing only once at home, the Kelowna Chiefs find themselves on the wrong end of a 3-game streak after a pair of weekend losses to the North Okanagan Knights (6-20-1-4) and 100 Mile House Wranglers (19-8-3-1) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

"We've lost a few games to very hungry teams," said Chiefs' coach Jason Tansem after just the second home loss of the season Saturday night. "We were the hungry team in October and November beating some very good teams and then turned around and handed two straight to the Summerland Steam."

"We are going to have peaks and valleys. We can't get too high or low. Our vets and leaders got us to ...

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Chiefs Get Their (Defence) Men

December 3, 2015 @ 9:44 AM

The Kelowna Chiefs have made some roster moves at the deadline seeing two gritty forwards heading out the doors while two sought after defencemen will join the team.

The Chiefs have released forward Leif Undseth and traded forward Kohlman Brinsky to the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks of the Northwest Junior League. With an abundance of talented forwards playing in front of a short-handed defensive core for much of the season, the roster moves make sense from a practical point of view, but any change is disruptive.

Coach Jason Tansem had this to say on making the difficult decision, “It is always a hard situation losing two quality players in individuals like Kohlman and Leif.  They played gritty roles with us and will be missed...

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Weary Chiefs Get Character OT Win

November 15, 2015 @ 11:23 PM

It was the seventh game in ten days for the Kelowna Chiefs (12-8-2-0) and they were playing on tired legs and bruised bodies. They were up against a North Okanagan Knights team with nothing to lose but the Chiefs defeated the Knights 2-1 in overtime and can now look forward to some much deserved time off.

The win was the fourth for the Chiefs in this seven game stretch and came at the end of a second consecutive weekend with three games. Coach Jason Tansem, when asked about the game and the stretch replied "It was a gutsy effort by our team. The (North Okanagan Knights) had nothing to lose and a full tank of gas. Some had vendetta in their games. This team has amazing chemistry and we believe in them."

Games between the Chiefs...

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Coats and Goals for the Chiefs

November 13, 2015 @ 10:24 PM

Friday night was a good night for all involved except the Spokane Braves (3-16-0). The Kelowna Chiefs (12-7-2) dominant in a 6-1 win over the American team, also hosted the First Annual Coats for Kelowna with Rampone-Marsh Mortgages. The donated coats will be donated to help the Kelowna Gospel Mission keep the homeless of Kelowna warm this winter. On this Friday night it was the goal light that was getting heated.

The first period featured Spokane goal keeper Blake Norman (48 saves) facing a lot of rubber from the Chiefs who threw 20 shots at him. Only one managed to elude him at 14:50 when Braydon Dale (2G) scored on a broken play at the side of the net from Josh Kobelka (2A) and Joel Scrimbit (2A) on the power play.

While Spokane did ...

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