Heslop Blanks Vipers in Mid-Week Affair

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Kyle Anderson

(ISN) – WEST KELOWNA, BC – Stephen Heslop now has all the stars.

The Victoria, BC native made his 3rd career BCHL start and 2nd this season for the Warriors Saturday night against Vernon, and came away with a 34 save shutout in a 2-0 win.

Heslop had received the 2nd star and 3rd star in prior BCHL starts including one for the Warriors against Powell River January 24th, and now has the 1st star to go with it.

“I didn’t know if I’d have an opportunity to play Junior A this year at all, so this one obviously means a lot to me,” he said after the game, “I’m so thankful to Bill (Princeton Posse coach Rotheisler) and Rylan (Warriors coach Ferster) for the opportunity to help out this team lately.”

The win and shutout were both firsts in the BCHL for the 19 year old Heslop.

Rylan Ferster was pleased with the Warriors compete level, as they were without Andy Desautels, Kristian Blumenschein, and Jordan Masters due to the flu.

“It was good for our guys to be in a game like tonight, they’re like playoff games now and this is what a playoff game would be like.”

Ferster also commented on the blocked shots. “It’s a huge part of the game and I think both teams committed to it tonight, which is what you’ll see more of down the stretch.

A scoreless game until the final period was the case as both goaltenders made all the saves through 40.

It was Danny Todosychuk who had the crowd buzzing with a pair of phenomenal saves with his right pad, as he robbed Jason Cotton in the first and Tanner Campbell in the 2nd period.

The Warriors got on the board thanks to Liam Blackburn on a 3rd period 5 on 3 power-play, the Warriors 3rd such advantage of the game. He was originally stopped but put the rebound over Todosychuk.

Then with just over 4 minutes remaining, Mac Ferner hammered home a point shot under the crossbar, much to the chagrin of his dad coaching on the Vernon bench.

The Warriors would hold on to that two goal lead and secure the shutout for Heslop in the final minutes.

West Kelowna will play in Salmon Arm on Friday night, and look to push the Silverbacks further behind them in the battle for the final playoff spot.