Submitted by W. George Elliott
Copyright 2016 Similkameen Gazette
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Posse Needs OT For First Victory
Princeton Posse (0-5-0-0) hosted Summerland Steam (3-0-0-1) in Princeton Arena September 24th.
With a well-promoted travelling magic show taking place just across the road from the hockey rink, attendance suffered. However, very likely the most magical show in the Similkameen Valley during the evening revolved around an ice hockey rink and the spectacular play of Posse goalie Chandler Billinghurst.
Billinghurst started his first game in a Posse jersey and ignited the crowd faster than any fire-breathing daredevil. His amazing saves were lightning fast, snatching mid-air flying pucks from all directions and juggling shots at him with the ease of a well-seasoned magician.
The game was not all about Billinghurst, either.
Princeton got on the scoreboard first on the power play at 16:18 of the first period. Drew Carter got the goal with help from Tristyn Olson and Chad Kimmie.
There was no scoring in the second period and it took almost the entire period and a power play for Summerland to tie the score late in the game. It was with 3:37 left in the third and the credit went to Riley Pettitt who had assistance from Jarrett Malchow and Cole Williams.
It was bound to happen sooner or later as the Steam just pummeled Billinghurst in the third period out shooting Princeton 14-5.
The score did not change by the time the clock ran out which pushed the game into overtime.
Princeton’s Owen Reith got the Posse winner with help from Kirt Fortney and Cody Lassiter.
Final Score: Princeton 2, Summerland 1 (OT). Shots on Goal: Summerland 31, Princeton 24. Penalties in Minutes: Princeton 9 for 18-minutes, Summerland 8 for 16-minutes.