Marquee matchup Friday at the Hap as Warriors start road trip


October 3, 2013, POWELL RIVER, BC – Fans in Powell River should be in for a treat Friday as the two hottest teams in the BCHL face off.

The West Kelowna Warriors, winners of six straight, pay a visit to Hap Parker Arena where they’ll be greeted by the Kings who have four consecutive wins of their own.

“They’ve got a very skilled group of forwards and a pretty offensive and strong D corps,” noted Kings associate head coach Chad Van Diemen. “Anyone that’s at the top or near the top of the Interior is going to be a strong team.”

The Kings have shown they’ll be no pushovers this season either and they want visitors to their home rink to know they’re going to be in for a battle each night.

“We want to approach it like a lot of home games,” said Van Diemen. “We’d like at least one (Interior) team to make a second trip here and we don’t want anyone coming in here in the playoffs thinking this is an easy place to play.”

A couple reasons it isn’t are Kurt Keats and Ryan Scarfo. The two first-year BCHLers are tied for the team lead with 13 points each and Van Diemen say they each want that extra responsibility on the ice.

“They both just want the puck and guys that like that in our league tend to do very well,” said Van Diemen. “It’s fun to watch guys like that play.” The Warriors personnel includes leading scorer Jordan Masters, another first-year BCHLer, as well as proven commodity Seb Lloyd and recently added Jason Cotton who has three goals in three games.

The buzz around Powell River is building for what is the best showdown of the season so far. Kings netminder Jeff Smith gets the nod between the pipes. Faceoff is set for 7:30pm.