The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League completed its 10th week. The KIJHL Power Rankings highlights the top-five teams based on winning percentage and here is how they rank.
Osoyoos Coyotes: (GP: 23 W: 17 L:2 OTL: 1 SOL: 3) The Coyotes keep their spot at the top of the KIJHL winning two of their three games over the week. The Coyotes earned a 5-4 shootout win over the North Okanagan Knights, then lost to the Chase Heat in a 4-3 shootout. They rebounded with a 5-1 win over the 100 Mile House Wranglers in which they led 4-0 after the first period. Ethan McKinley led the team with four goals and six points in three games.
Kamloops Storm: (GP: 21 W: 15 L: 4 OTL: 2) The Storm jumped up one spot with a 3-1 win against the Sicamous Eagles. Goalie Cody Creasy turned aside 24 of 26 shots to earn his fourth win. Kamloops native Alek Erichuk scored his first with the Storm since being acquired from the Nelson Leafs. It was the Storm’s second straight win against the Eagles this month.
Revelstoke Grizzlies: (GP: 23 W: 17 L: 5 OT: 1) The Grizzlies dropped one spot after winning two of three during the week. The Grizzlies defeated the Sicamous Eagles and Chase Heat, while dropping a game in overtime to the Wranglers in the middle. Brady Augot and Carter Bettenson led the Grizzlies with two goals in three games. Vin Jackson, acquired in a trade from Creston Valley, had a goal and an assist in his debut on Dec.11.
Columbia Valley Rockies: (GP: 24 W: 15 L: 6 OTL: 2 SOL: 1) The Rockies had one game during the week defeating Kimberley on the road and climbed one spot in the rankings. Jakob McLean netted the winner with his third of the season, while Scott Thompson made 19 saves for his fourth win in six games.
Kimberley Dynamiters: (GP:22 W:14 L:6 OTL:0 SOL: 2) The Dynamiters dropped one spot to round out the group. After defeating Golden earlier in the week, the Dynamiters lost to the Rockies at home. Cam Reid and Tyler Russell led the team with three points in two games. Russel with two goals while Reid had two assists. Reid now has one goals and six points in six games since rejoining the team from the BCHL’s Cranbrook Bucks.