by Kyle Anderson
(ISN) – The West Kelowna Warriors beat the Trail Smoke Eaters on Tuesday night at Royal Lepage Place as Jason Cotton snapped the overtime winner over the shoulder of Brett Clark at 4:19 of the 4 on 4 session.
The first period opened up tentatively with few whistles, but the teams settled in after the media break. Tanner Campbell scored the opening goal on a rebound as he put one top shelf over Clark to make it 1-0.
The teams would not score again in the 1st period, as Trail out shot the Warriors 11-8.
The Warriors were able to open up a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd as Tyler Kunz got his 5th of the season as his slap shot hit the post and went in over the line.
Just as they had done on February 13th, the Smoke Eaters would not go away as they would get 3 quick goals. Max Newton made it 2-1 on a deflection, then Kienan Scott got a pair of nice breaks to beat Scott Patton and make it a 3-2 lead.
With two minutes left in the middle frame, Kyle Marino grabbed a puck off a Kylar Hope attempt and from behind the net, Marino tucked the puck over the line with great hands.
The 3rd period would be a preview of the overtime frame, as nobody could get a goal, but the Warriors controlled the final period out-shooting Trail 14-4.
In overtime, the Warriors couldn’t get a goal on an early OT power-play, but in the final minute Hope raced to the net with the puck, and it popped out in the slot, where Cotton went top shelf for the victory.
The win leaves the Warriors tied with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks who won 4-3 in double overtime on the road Tuesday. The ‘Backs will take on the Merritt Centennials Friday at the Shaw Center, where the winner will more than likely clinch one of the final two berths.
Saturday’s action will be the final day of the regular season as the Surrey Eagles visit the Warriors at Royal Lepage Place, Salmon Arm heads to Penticton for a 6 PM game at the SOEC, and the Trail Smoke Eaters will be in Merritt.