Ken Andrusiak isn't about to borrow the company line of the Vancouver Canucks' Alain Vigneault and declare that he has "two No. 1 goaltenders."
But the Kelowna Chiefs' coach does acknowledge that having both Tyler O'Donnell and Kenny Fitzgerald playing so well is "a nice problem to have" as his team moves quickly (and efficiently) towards the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.
On the heels of O'Donnell stopping 78 of 80 shots in a pair of 4-1 victories on the weekend, Fitzgerald got the nod in goal on Wednesday against the Lakers in Penticton and registered his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 triumph.
The win improved the Chiefs' first-place record in the Okanagan Division to 30-13-1-1 and opened up a four-point edge on the second-place Princeton Posse.
The Chiefs, who finished with nine wins and one overtime loss in their 10 games in January, are back in action tonight when they play host to the Kamloops Storm at the Rutland Arena beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Chiefs bus to Summerland to play the Steam. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.
Andrusiak said on Thursday that he'll start O'Donnell in goal against the Storm tonight, while he won't decide on Saturday's starter until after Friday's game.
While the veteran coach says he'll make decisions on the goaltending on a day-to-day basis for the remaining seven regular-season games, he admits he's leaning toward having his veteran (O'Donnell) starting in the playoffs.
"Of course that's assuming he continues to play well," added Andrusiak. "We're comfortable with both goaltenders right now, but I believe as the veteran, Tyler deserves a shot at being our go-to guy in the playoffs."
Last season, the Chiefs finished fourth in the Okanagan Division, but behind the solid goaltending of O'Donnell in the playoffs, they went to the KIJHL final series, losing to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, the Chiefs' Jordan Salahor regained the outright lead in the KI's individual scoring race with an assist on a goal by Scott Renner. He now has 71 points, one more than Dallas Calvin of Beaver Valley.
Jagger Bowles, Dylan Jamieson and Braeden Hikichi were the other goal-scorers for the Chiefs against the Lakers.
Grade 8 Knox Falcons edge Huskies in final
The Dr. Knox Falcons overcame a late-game deficit to defeat the Okanagan Mission Huskies 52-49 in the Central Okanagan Grade 8 boys basketball championship tournament final on the weekend.
Sporting a 19-1 record going into the city championship, the Falcons led most of the way in the title game, but the Huskies fought back in the fourth quarter, only to succumb finally to Knox, who scored six unanswered points down the stretch.
Mason Bourcier led the Falcons with 22 points, 12 of which came on 15 trips to the free throw line. Justin Peleshytyk contributed 15 points, while Grant Sheppard was the top scorer for the Huskies with 16. Taylor Knoll added 13 in a losing cause.
The Falcons opened the tournament by defeating OKM's second team and earned a berth in the final by knocking off Kelowna Christian School 71-21, paced by Bourcier's 16 points and 14 from Kanaan McGoran.
Meanwhile, the Huskies got to the final with convincing victories over the Glenrosa and Rutland middle school representatives.
SuperLeague victory puts Conway in 2nd
Judy Conway and her Coors Light rink took over second place in the Grant Thornton Ladies SuperLeague with a 7-2 victory over Larissa Legen's Power 104 foursome this week at the Kelowna Curling Club.
Conway posted deuces in three different ends to pull away from Legen and improve her record to 9-4-2, while her opponent fell to 3-9-3 on the season.
Leann Ursel's first-place Kelowna Ford Lincoln/McDonald rink won its 14th game in 15 starts when it scored a three in the final end to defeat Louise Roberts-Taylor (Nature's Formulae) 7-5.
Roberts-Taylor (3-10-2) had taken the lead by scoring two in the seventh end.
The Nutrilawn quartet, skipped by Marilyn Resler, dropped to third place at 8-5-2 by losing 10-0 decision to Laurie Troock's ReMax rink (3-10-2).
A 9-7 victory over Wendy Picco (Ecora/LPS Dentistry) lifted Jeannette Bosch and her Omega Cable team to fourth place with a 6-6-3 record. Picco, 7-8 on the season, scored four in the third end and added three in the sixth to seal the victory.
Nominations open for Triple-A Award
Nominations for the Gary Athans/Macdonald Realty Athletic Attitude Award are being accepted.
The Triple-A award is to be presented monthly to a youth athlete or youth athletic volunteer in recognition of positive attitude and outstanding service and support to a sport, to teammates/coaches or to school athletic endeavours.
The Daily Courier's Champions magazine will feature the Triple-A winner each month, selected from nominations received from coaches, volunteers and teachers.
On Dec. 31, names of the year's 12 award-winners will be entered into a draw for $1,000, a gift to help reach athletic or academic goals.
Triple A winners will be high achievers in often-overlooked fields of excellence. They make a difference through exemplary work ethic, positive healthy attitudes toward life and sport, and the ability to encourage and support achievements of others.
Candidate nominations can be emailed, along with a head and shoulder photo attachment, to