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Chiefs double the Eagles

The Kelowna Chiefs played their second game of the regular season and skated away with a hard fought 4-2 victory over the Sicamous Eagles, Saturday.

The first period was scoreless, with the Chiefs outshooting the hosts 10-4.

Kayson Gallant opened the scoring with assists from Porter and Avery. Sicamous tied it minutes later before the Chiefs regained the league with a power play goal from Blain Worthing with help from Meszaros to end the second period with kelowna with the lead.

The teams exchanged goals in the third period, with another power play goal by Logan Keating with Meszaros getting another assist along with Marchand. 

Kayson gallant secured the win in an empty net with only four seconds remaining.

Final shots were 40-20 for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs' home opener is this Friday, Sept 20, at Rutland Arena.



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KIJHL to wear 'GS'

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League begins regular season play tonight, and every helmet in the league will be sporting a GS sticker, in remembrance of Kelowna Chiefs president and GM Grant Sheridan, who passed away this summer of bacterial meningitis at age 47.

"It's a testament to Grant's impact not only on the people around the Kelowna Chiefs but across the entire league," says GM Jason Tansem.

The players will all be wearing the GS sticker, and any fans who want one for their vehicle or business can donate in Grant's memory to two local charities.

"Mind Right, which was a Chiefs team initiative, and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, were two of Grant's favourite charities, and that's where the money is going," added Tansem.

The Chiefs begin play tonight in Summerland, with their home opener Sept. 20 against Chase.

You can donate by following this link.



Chiefs win as season looms

The Kelowna Chiefs turned the tables on the North Okanagan Knights Saturday in the Rutland Arena.

Still stinging from a 4-0 defeat the previous night at home, it was the Chiefs who came out victorious Saturday, doubling the same Knights 4-2 in the final pre-season game for both teams.

The KIJHL regular season begins next weekend.

Blain Worthing opened the scoring for the Chiefs but the Knights quickly responded to tie the contest after one period.

The game changed in the second period when Leo Harju the “Finnish Flash” danced around a North Okanagan defender and ripped a shot high over the shoulder and bar down.

Isaac Dutka made it 3-2 and Worthing tallied again with his second of the night to put the game out of reach and a 4-2 final in front of another large pre-season crowd.

The Chiefs outshot the visitors 41-28.

Kelowna finished pre-season with a 2-1-1 record.

Both teams will make some final decisions in preparations for opening weekend.

The Chiefs open up the regular season next Friday and Saturday on the road, before returning home Friday Sept. 20 for their home opener, and a tribute to Grant Sherdian.

Tickets are available at www.kelownachiefs.com



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Chiefs crowned by Knights

Exhibition or not, you never want to be shutout on your home ice.

But, that's what happened to the Kelowna Chiefs Friday, as the North Okanagan Knights rolled into the Rutland Arena and blanked the Chiefs 4-0.

After some Grade A chances early by the Chiefs were turned away, the Knights capitalized with a couple of goals against the run of play.

They rolled on from there.

At one point, the Chiefs held a 14-2 edge in shots, but it was the Knights who kept chipping away.

One bright spot for the Chiefs was the play of goaltender Robbie Paialunga, who stopped two breakaways late in the third period.

Both teams will fine tune their rosters a little bit, then do it all again Saturday back in Rutland.

Face off is 7 p.m.

The Chiefs will open the regular season on the road next weekend before hosting the Chase Heat in their home opener Friday, Sept. 20.

The Chiefs will pay tribute prior to the game to co-owner Grant Sheriden, who lost his brief battle bacterial meningitis July 28 at the age of 47.

Tickets are available at www.kelownachiefs.com



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