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Bams and slams as Princeton thumps Kelowna in first two playoff games

Approximately 500 people crowded the local barn Friday and Saturday
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In the first two games of their playoff series, the Princeton Posse outshot Kelowna Chiefs 89-51. (Hanna Gould photo)

Princeton fans got their money’s worth over the weekend, as the Posse trounced the Kelowna Chiefs in the first two games of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) playoffs.

The home team won 5-2 Friday, Feb. 23, and 7-2 the following night at the Princeton and District Arena.

“I think our group is playing some decent hockey right now,” coach Mark Readman told the Spotlight.

Suspensions, injuries and illness challenged the Posse, and two alternative players were called up for Saturday’s game.

That did not break the team’s stride.

“We pride ourselves on our depth and we proved that…At the end of the day our guys step up.”

Over the two games the Posse outshot the Chiefs 89-51.

Readman acknowledged the rowdiness of both contests.

“It’s always interesting as the intensity ramps up.”

He stressed that the home-ice advantage works in Princeton’s favour.

Approximately 500 people crowded the local barn Friday and Saturday.

“It gets so loud and our crowd just feels like it’s way on top of you. The Princeton-faithful here, they love the physicality…Those were the best crowds we’ve had all year, thunderously loud and a little hostile.”

Readman is less impressed with the officiating so far, which he stated frankly he hopes becomes a little more even.

In intense games, he explained, the players that retain composure and discipline are more likely to come out on top.

“I think the opposing team struggles with that. It’s a massive advantage for us.”

Saturday’s game was particularly successful for Princeton’s Carson Hebert. He earned a hat trick, as the referees had to pause to pick up several hats tossed onto the ice.

The next two games of the series are Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, at the Rutland Arena.

The round-one series is decided by the best of seven games.

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