October 26, 2013, Coquitlam (ISN) – Making his second debut as a Warrior, Reid Simmonds scored twice including the game winner, as West Kelowna won 4-3 in Coquitlam on Friday.
Acquired earlier in the week for his second tour-of-duty with the Tribe, the 20 year-old muscled up the left wall and fired a sharp-angle shot that found its way through Gordie Defiel with just 22 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a shock victory.
The result seemed unlikely earlier in the evening, with the Express leading 2-0 midway through the game and the Warriors struggling to find their game.
“We tried to focus on making simple plays along both blue lines” Simmonds says of the turnaround, “and it kind of started to work out for us.”
Now a 20 year-old, Simmonds says he was thrilled to rejoin his former team after a deal with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers.
“Coming back to West Kelowna I wanted to show all the boys and the coaching staff that I can play” the Calgary native admits, adding “there were definitely butterflies.”
Jason Cotton and David Pope also scored for the Warriors, while Canon Pieper, Zach Hodder, and Bo Pieper responded for the Express.
Andy Desautels kept the Warriors close in the first half of the game, and notched his 11th victory of the season on the strength of 26 saves. Desautels also earned his 14th consecutive start in goal.
The Warriors also had some outstanding news earlier in the day, with word Captain Matt Anholt has committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage.
“I’m extremely excited and I’m extremely happy” the 19 year-old beamed shortly after announcing his plans.
“My visitation was really good up there” the Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native says. “They really want me and I really want to go there, so I think it should be a good fit.”