Warriors Physical Play Helps OT Win

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Kyle Anderson

(ISN) – The coaching staff wanted them to be more physical and get to the dirty areas. The West Kelowna Warriors answered.

The Warriors got out to a more physical start in the opening frame, finishing their checks on the forecheck.

They would be rewarded at 9:53 when Jordan Masters put a rebound past Brett Clark after a save off of Nick Rutigliano. Jason Cotton picked up the 2nd assist.

Shots were dead even at 13 after 1 period, but the Warriors seemed to carry the majority of the play.

In the middle period, West Kelowna went with a 5-forward set on the power-play and controlled the puck for 1:45 before strong checking from Charlie Zuccarini would spring Jake Lucchini and he made a nice move around Andy Desautels to tie the score.

Just 32 seconds later, great work from Brett Mennear down low got the puck to the front of the goal, and he poked it free for Kylar Hope to tuck it around Clark to make it 2-1.

The 3rd would start with the Warriors would make it 3-1 as Josh Bly would slide one home from Hope and Liam Blackburn.

Trail would battle back at 3:22 by grabbing a goal from Zuccharini, then at 8:07 tied it up from Connor Brown-Maloski to send it to overtime tied at 3.

Nothing would be solved in the first overtime as Bly and Andrew Johnson couldn’t bury their breakaway chances.

Just 16 seconds into the 2nd overtime frame, Kristian Blumenschein would put the perfect shot past Clark to give Warriors the win, and help keep them on pace with the Vernon Vipers and the Merritt Centennials.

Next action for West Kelowna is on Saturday night for Teddy Bear Toss night against Coquitlam, so bring a stuffed animal and throw it onto the ice when the Warriors score their first goal.

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