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 Kittle and Ryan Lawson. The following four minutes showed that a struggling Chiefs power play still had some bite when Ryan Lawson scored from Dakota Kittle after circling the net. Brayden Dale would count his 13th of the season just three minutes later from Jaden McNulty and new Chief Jackson Siemens.
With a 4-0 lead just five minutes into the middle period it seemed the route was on. However, while the Chiefs continued pressing, firing 52 shots on the night, the Posse kept the puck out of their own net for the remainder of the game. The Chiefs would keep the puck out of their own net with Josh Tetlichi picking up a lightly worked shutouts facing just 20 shots, facing just three in the third period.
The Posse spent much of their energy in the third period trying to assert some physical dominance but found themselves playing in their own end much of the time as the Chiefs held the territorial advantage.
Josh Baird with two goals was the game star for the Chiefs while Matthew Monk would take the honour for the Posse.
Next weekend the Chiefs play three games in three nights with the Summerland Steam visiting Friday night at 7pm in Rutland Arena. Saturday December 19th the team heads to Kamloops on Saturday night.
On Sunday night the Chiefs host the Sicamous Eagles at 7pm in Rutland Arena in the final game before the Christmas break. The team is featuring a $5 ticket sale for all fans at the game that night.