(ISN) – September 23rd, 2014 – The West Kelowna Warriors returned home with 4 points from the Bauer BCHL Showcase, and it was a good thing too, as 3 of their Interior Division foes did as well.
On Friday night, the Warriors jumped out to an early 4-1 lead over the Coquitlam Express as they scored on the Power-play, Short-handed, and a pair at even-strength to take the lead after 20 minutes.
West Kelowna would continue to push forward over the last 40 minutes scoring twice in period 2, and only giving up a goal with less than 2 seconds on the clock in the 3rd, to finish with a 6-2 win.
Liam Blackburn would finish with a pair of goals, while Greydon Robinson and Jonathon Desbiens would score their 1st goals in the BCHL. Jason Cotton and Brett Mennear rounded out the scoring as Scott Patton picked up his 1st BCHL win in goal for the Warriors.
On Sunday, the Warriors would take on the Nanaimo Clippers, and the two teams would almost repeat their game at the Showcase from one year ago, when the Clippers took a 6-5 victory.
This one would be different, as Blackburn opened the scoring in the 1st period, before the Clippers got a pair in the last 10 minutes to take a lead into the dressing room after 1.
Nanaimo would make the game 3-2 after Cotton tied it for the Warriors, but in the last 5:03 of the 2nd frame, West Kelowna would get goals from Blackburn (2nd of the night) on the Power-play, Kylar Hope would deflect a centering pass in at 19:06, and Ryan Ivey would drive the net and have the puck go off his skate at 19:59 to give the Warriors a 5-4 lead heading to the 3rd.
Nanaimo didn’t go away, tying it up early in the final period, before West Kelowna’s Cotton, and Kade Kehoe (1st in the BCHL) would get Power-Play markers to make it 7-4. Late penalty calls would allow Nanaimo to make it 7-6, but the Warriors held on for the victory.
Next up for the Warriors is their HOME OPENER, on Friday September 26th vs. Vernon at 7 PM. It is Firefighter Appreciation Night, as well as anyone that was evacuated during the West Kelowna fire this summer can get a free ticket, courtesy of Tim Hortons.