October 13, 2012, Langley, BC – The West Kelowna Warriors played strong defence and excellent road hockey in a 4-1 victory in Langley on Friday night.
West Kelowna got one goal from each forward line, as they earned sole possession of second place in the BCHL’s Interior Conference.
Brennan Clark opened the scoring with just seven seconds remaining in a tight second period. The second-year forward knocked down a Langley clearance and beat a screened James Barr short-side to give West K. the momentum heading into the first intermission.
David Pope would score the eventual game-winner early in the second, while Brett McKinnon and Reid Simmonds also tallied for the Warriors.
Austin Azurdia continued his impressive form of late by notching the Langley’s lone goal 36 seconds into the third period.
Tyler Briggs earned the win for the visitors, while Darren Hogg replaced James Barr after the Rivermen starter allowed three goals in the first two periods of play.
“I think we played well as a group” says Warriors forward Brennan Clark, who now has four goals in the past four games. “We talked a lot about getting to the puck first and winning battles. I think we did that tonight and I think we outplayed them.”
West Kelowna played the game without Max French, who is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The Captain’s timeline is still uncertain, though it’s unlikely he’ll be in the lineup on Saturday.
Clark admits his team always misses French when he’s out of the lineup, but he also suggests that several players stepped up on Friday – singling out first-star Brett McKinnon in particular.
The Warriors and Rivermen will renew hostilities when they play the back half of a home-and-home series at Royal LePage on Saturday.
It’s 80’s night in West Kelowna, so fans are encouraged to wear their 80’s clothing and come prepared for 80’s music and promotions.
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