By Kyle Anderson
Liam Blackburn had a pair of goals in a dominating 5-2 West Kelowna Warriors victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday night at Royal Lepage Place.Blackburn had the lone goal in the opening frame, as he deflected Paul Lovsin’s point shot past Sam Tanguay.
The Warriors controlled the entire frame, out-shooting the Spruce Kings 15-2 in the 1st.The control continued into the 2nd, as the Warriors fired 18 shots on goal, but were unable to beat Tanguay until Blackburn’s 2nd of the night was scored short handed at 18:20. The Spruce Kings had 5 shots on goal.West Kelowna struck twice quickly in the 3rd period as Jake Harrison scored from the point before Jonathan Desbiens went 5-hole on a backhand to make it 4-0.
Jake Lebrun broke the goose egg at 10:26 with a power-play goal as the Spruce Kings captain made it 4-1.Kyle Marino was able to reinstate the 4-goal lead by burying a rebound goal, before Nic Ponak finished off a 3-way passing play to make it 5-2.Final shots on goal were 50-19 for West Kelowna.The Warriors will head to Penticton on Wednesday night to face the Vees, before visiting the Vernon Vipers on Friday, and hosting the Victoria Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon.