by Kyle Anderson
The West Kelowna Warriors scored three times on a seven minute power-play to come back and defeat the Merritt Centennials 6-4 in front of 1152 fans at Royal Lepage Place.
Merritt would jump on the Warriors at 7:56 with a goal from Tyler Ward from the slot. The young forward snapped one upstairs on Daniel Mannella.Off the ensuing face-off, Zach Zorn got a pass from Cole Arcuri and buried his chance, giving the Cents a 2-0 lead just 7 seconds later.The Centennials opened up a 3 goal lead on the power-play when Nick Jermain finished a pretty 3-way passing play from Gavin Gould and Nick Fidanza.The Warriors did not panic, re-grouping in the final minute of the period as Paul Lovsin broke in and beat Anthony Pupplo upstairs to make it 3-1. It was Lovsin’s 1st BCHL goal after coming over from the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints.The turning point happened at the buzzer of the 1st period, as Ryan Forbes dropped his gloves from behind Kyle Marino, and would not get a reaction from Marino, although he landed numerous punches. The Warriors were awarded a 7-minute man advantage to begin the 2nd after the incident.West Kelowna got the power-play off to a solid start, as it would be Marino who made it 3-2 at 1:35.Brett Mennear tied the game up at 3:42, before Jake Harrison’s 1st BCHL goal from the point made it 4-3 at 6:49.Jake Tesarowski scored his 1st in the BCHL after jumping up in the play and burying one past Pupplo just 49 seconds later.The teams traded goals in the 3rd period, as Henry Cleghorn made it a 1-goal game at 13:15, then Rylan Yaremko sealed it for the Warriors with a goal at 16:16.Marino was named 1st star with a goal and an assist, while Harrison picked up 3rd star honours. The Cents Arcuri was the 2nd star.West Kelowna out-shot Merritt 41-20.The Warriors and the Centennials continue their rivalry Saturday night in Merritt. Listen on the WIN network (www.mixlr.com/bchlwarriors) starting at7:10 with the pre-game show.