by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – The West Kelowna Warriors did what they needed to do, and that was win on Friday night against Chilliwack at Royal Lepage Place.
The teams 14th ranked power-play on home ice came through in a big way, potting 4 goals on the way to a 6-2 win.
Tyler Kunz got the power-play party started at 8:13 of the first as he hammered a one-timer past Aidan Pelino to open the scoring.
Luke McColgan would get the Chiefs on the board at 11:25 when he put a rebound past Andy Desautels, who returned to the Warriors net after missing the last two weeks.
The Warriors would suffer a blow late in the 1st as Andrew Johnson crashed heavily into the end wall and was very slow to get up. He would not return.
On the same play, Jordan Masters would be ejected for his fight with Jake Larsen.
The Chiefs made it 2-1’just 1:22 into the 2nd period when Jordan Kawaguchi got a nice bounce onto his stick to put past Desautels, but that would be the last lead Chilliwack would see.
The Warriors tied it up at 9:41 thanks to a goal from Jonathan Desbiens in the slot. Rylan Yaremko would make it 3-2 at 15:09 as he tucked in the loose puck after great work from Kyle Marino.
“You have to give Kyle most of the credit there as he did the work to get it into the crease,” Yarekmo said post-game, “I know by the way I celebrated that it looked like I did all the work, but it was definitely him.”
West Kelowna would make it 4-2 at 18:32 when Brayden Gelsinger raced to steal a puck from Vincent Desharnais, and would slide it through Pelino.
In the final minute of the 2nd period, Tipper Higgins would drive to the Warriors goal and collide with Desautels. He would get two for goaltender interference, and although Desautels played the last 4.5 seconds, Scott Patton entered in the 3rd.
The Warriors power-play struck twice more in the 3rd as Desbiens got his 2nd of the night from the crease, and Kylar Hope blasted one past Pelino.
The Warriors move on immediately to Saturday nights contest in Trail, as they need to continue to win and get points, while hoping to get some help for 1 of the last 2 playoff spots in the interior. Puck drop is 7:30 from Cominco Arena, and you can listen live at www.wdcr.ca