(ISN) – The West Kelowna Warriors would storm back in the 3rd period to defeat the Penticton Vees 4-3 at the South Okanagan Events Center on Saturday night.
A tight checking affair early on remained scoreless until just over halfway through the 1st period, when Tyson Jost snapped one past Andy Desautels on a good play from Patrick Newell and Demico Hannoun.
Both goalies made some big saves to keep it at a 1-0 marker after 1, but the Vees held an 8-5 edge in the shots on goal category.
In the 2nd period, it would be more of the same, but Desautels would rob a pair of Vees in tight to keep it a one goal game.
Late in the period, with just over 4 minutes remaining, the Vees would get a short power-play on the end of 4 on 4 action, and Newell would get to the slot to slide one past the Warriors netminder for a 2-0 lead.
West Kelowna only created 4 shots in the middle frame, and had only 9 shots after 2 periods.
An early power-play for the Warriors would lead to their 1st goal, as Greydon Robinson would shoot from the point and make it 2-1.
Shortly after, Kylar Hope back-handed a shot over the shoulder of Hunter Miska and make it a 2-2 tie.
The Warriors would take a lead at 16:51 when Jonathan Desbiens tipped the puck past Miska and off the post from Brayden Gelsinger for the 3-2 lead.
The Vees would not go away, as Riley Alferd got the tying goal with 1:40 to go in the final frame.
West Kelowna would not be done, as with 36.2 remaining, Gelsinger would deflect a high wrist shot past Miska, but the official would wave it off immediately due to a high stick.
After getting together with the other officials on the ice, and a lengthy two minute conversation, the game officials agreed that it was actually below the crossbar, and the goal would stand, the Warriors coming away with the 4-3 victory.
The Warriors will now have six days off before opening a home and home with Salmon Arm on Friday at Royal Lepage Place.