By Richard McGuire
Special to the Chronicle
The hockey season came to an end for the Osoyoos Coyotes Sunday night as they lost 4-1 to the Grizzlies in Revelstoke in the seventh game of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference finals.
Twice this weekend the Coyotes were only one win away from making it to the final series in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL), but both times, on Saturday and Sunday, the exhausted Yotes were unable to get that win.
Box scores from games played in Revelstoke have been unreliable, but the initial numbers suggest Osoyoos outshot Revelstoke in all three periods, including 19-9 in the second period.
If correct, this would suggest that Grizzlies goaltender Giovanni Sambrielaz was an important factor in his team’s victory.
Revelstoke now advances to the KIJHL final against Kimberley, while the Coyotes will have time to let their bangs and bruises heal.
Revelstoke scored all three goals in the first period.
Jordan Robertson scored less than six minutes into the game, and Ryan Pereverzoff and Cody Flann scored just 22 seconds apart late in the period to make it 3-0.
Hunter Johnson scored the only goal of the second period on a power play with just 27 seconds remaining in the period. Colin Bell assisted.
Any hopes for a third-period comeback were dashed when Matt Cadden scored for Revelstoke a minute and a half into the third period to make it 4-1.
The Coyotes pulled goalie Daniel Paul in the final minutes for an extra attacker, but neither team managed to score.