(ISN) – The West Kelowna Warriors battled back from two goals down to win 4-3 on Friday night in Nanaimo.
The Warriors would be the team that got on the board first at 5:07 when Brett Mennear snapped a perfect shot over the pad of Nanaimo’s Guillaume Decelles after a nifty pass play from Adam Osczevski.
The Clippers were resilient in tying the game up, as Sheldon Rempal would bang home a loose puck after Scott Patton was spun around by his own defenseman.
That would be a sign of things to come, as in the 2nd frame, Patton twice would end up on his face with a d-man on top of him, and the Clippers would capitalize as Nick Gushue and Cole Maier would make it 3-1 just two minutes apart.
West Kelowna pressed for the next goal and were rewarded on the power-play as Jason Cotton roofed a puck in tight. The Clippers argued that it hit the crossbar but it was definitely on the mesh to make it 3-2.
The 3rd period was almost all Warriors, but some big stops from Scott Patton kept them in it. At 7:23, Liam Blackburn would spin off the side wall, fan on his shot, but it would trickle over the pad to make it a tied game at 3-3.
The Warriors would continue to battle back and Blackburn would start a rush with Jonathan Desbiens and with an aerial pass across, Desbiens would knock the puck out of mid air to get the game winning goal.
Patton would pick up the win making 34 saves, Cotton picked up 3rd start honours, and Blackburn was the first star with a goal and 2 assists.
The Warriors take on the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night at the Island Savings Center at 7 PM. Catch all the action on 95.1 FM WDCR and online at www.wdcr.ca and www.bchl.fasthockey.com