by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – In one of the fastest paced and exciting games of the BCHL season, the West Kelowna Warriors could just not find the game winner in a 3-2 overtime loss to Chilliwack on Saturday night.
West Kelowna had a solid penalty kill in the opening frame as Stephen Heslop made 5 saves on the first opportunity, and added a couple more with the Warriors short late in the period.
In the final minute, Craig Puffer would feed Jordan Kawaguchi and he would beat Heslop with a shot over the shoulder with 35.8 seconds remaining to open the scoring.
West Kelowna had a couple chances in the final 35 seconds as well, but Aidan Pelino stood tall and shut the door. Shots on goal were 14-11 Chilliwack after the first 20 minutes.
The Chiefs expanded their lead to 2-0 at 6:14 of the 2nd period as Rory Bell finished a rebound off the pad of Heslop, as Luke McColgan drew the 2nd assist.
Both teams had stretches of play in the frame where they controlled the action but both goaltenders made some key saves.
With Ryan Bowen in the box for interference, Jason Cotton was able to walk in and fire a shot that was deflected by Rylan Yaremko for his 2nd goal of the season.
The Warriors would get the tying marker halfway through the final period when Andrew Johnson had the chance to snap one past Pelino off a pass from Josh Bly.
Both teams had a couple chances in the latter stages of the 3rd period but this one was destined for overtime.
3 minutes into the OT period, Heslop stopped the initial shot from the right side, and as Jake Hand walked across the front of the goal, Heslop would sprawl across and absolutely rob Hand with the save of the season.
Just after that save and the ensuing faceoff, Jake Larson walked in over the blue line and was able to fire the game winner over the shoulder of Heslop for the 3-2 win.
Heslop would be named 2nd star for his 41 save effort.