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 where we are and will get us playing hungry again. I have full confidence in them and our team. Tonight was evidence of that even though we took another loss."
On Friday night the Chiefs visited North Okanagan with new acquisition Jackson Siemens in the game. They met a team that has struggled this season more than ready to play with intensity and scrap for every inch of ice. As games are with division rivals, the first period was scoreless and close checking with momentum difficult to maintain.
It would be the Knight's Colin Robin, Ryland Chernomaz on the power play and Layne Greene twenty seconds later to give the Knights a second period 3-0 lead. Joel Scrimbit counted one back for the Chiefs on a brilliant pass from Josh Baird with 17 seconds remaining in the period.
The final period saw the Knights score three more goals against another from Chiefs game star Scrimbit on the power play and the Chiefs would go on to lose 6-2, their second loss in a row. The Chiefs vaunted special teams continued to sputter going one for nine while giving up two power play goals to the Knights.
Hosting 100 Mile House at home on Saturday night, the Chiefs faced arguably the hottest team in the KIJHL.
The Wranglers' Stephen Egan scored his first goal on the night in the first period to open the scoring. Chiefs' captain Ryan Lawson would respond with his first goal in five games to even things up in a first period that didn't see a penalty called until the final minute.
The rest of the scoring was all for the Wranglers with Alex Hanson and Liam Cumberbirch scoring in the second period and Egan scoring the lone third period goal into an empty net.
Despite the 4-1 loss the Chiefs fired 55 shots at Wrangler goalie Adam Derochie who was named game star for the Wranglers.
While the Chiefs fired 93 shots at opposing goaltenders, they scored only three times while giving up ten goals on 58 opponent shots.
The Chiefs travel to Revelstoke on Friday to face a Grizzlies team that has lost five of their last seven while on Saturday the Princeton Posse will visit Rutland Arena having lost both games since beating the Chiefs last month.