October 27, 2012, Prince George, BC – The Warriors suffered their second overtime loss of the week on Saturday, dropping a 4-3 decision in Prince George.
A night after losing to the high-octane Vees in Penticton, the weary Warriors visited Northern BC for a date with the resurgent Spruce Kings.
Still missing several key forwards, the Warriors got exactly the start they needed when Seb Lloyd slipped a puck underneath Kirk Thompson, giving the Tribe the lone goal of the first period.
West Kelowna doubled the lead early in the second when Brent Lashuk converted an odd-man rush.
However, a P.G. surge later in the second would test the Warriors and allow the Spruce Kings to fight back.
First, Liam Board banked a puck off Warriors netminder Garrett Rockafellow from the side of the net. Then Trevor Esau fired a point-shot through traffic and in, leveling the score at 2-2.
Justin Rai would give the Spruce Kings their first lead of the game 12 minutes into the third.
Struggling with fatigue and key absences, the Warriors battled back to tie the game on a Brennan Clark tally with 4:19 remaining.
The remainder of regulation time would solve nothing, but the Spruce Kings would earn the win early in overtime when (former Warrior) Tyson Witala batted in the rebound of a Mitch Eden effort.
And so, after three games against top-notch opponents and around 20 hours spent on the bus, the Warriors would close out the week with two points (two OT losses) to their credit.
“We want wins” Warriors forward Seb Lloyd stressed after the loss in PG. “You don’t come to the rink to get an overtime loss or a tie. I don’t think it’s acceptable, even with some key absences.”
Still, honoured as the third star in his home town, Lloyd knows his team had to dig deep even to earn a single point on Saturday. “Every point counts” he acknowledges, “so those are still points at the end of the year that could make a difference.”
Lloyd and linemate David Pope parted ways with the team after the game, as the pair head to Calgary for the upcoming Team Canada West selection camp for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
The duo is expected back when West Kelowna kicks off a long homestand next weekend. Beginning on Friday, the Warriors will play six straight games at home. Eight of their nine November games will also be played at Royal LePage Place, setting up a key portion of the schedule just ¼ of the way into the season.