The West Kelowna Warriors dropped their fourth game in a row on Saturday night as they fell by a 7-2 score to the Powell River Kings at Hap Parker Arena in the second of their three-game road trip.
The Kings started the scoring early as just 1:42 into the hockey game, Jonny Evans tallied what would be the first of his four goals on the night as he centred the puck off of Warriors netminder Cole Demers and in for the 1-0 lead.
The Warriors tied the game at the 7:29 mark of the opening frame as Chase Dubois’ pass that was intended for Parm Dhaliwal and had it bounce off a defender and into the goal for his 13th of the season and tied the game at one.
Powell River got the lead back before the period was out at the 11:10 mark of the frame on a Gavin Rauser goal just as a penalty kill expired. Rauser took a pass from Hunter Findlater and went from his forehand to his backhand on a partial breakaway for the 2-1 lead for the Kings, which is how things would stand after 20 minutes of play.
The Kings added to their lead just 39 seconds into the 2nd period stemming off another breakaway as Carter Turnbull beat Demers to the blocker side after he was left all from the blue line inward and put the Kings ahead by a 3-1 score.
Jonny Evans tallied his 2nd goal of the game at the 5:19 mark of the middle stanza as he cut to the middle and beat Demers to the glove side at the tail end of a penalty kill for the shorthanded marker, ending the night for the Warriors goaltender and seeing Gabriel Morency take over in goal.
Evans completed the hat trick at the 1:29 mark of the 3rd period as the Kings again would open the period with a goal as he banked a puck in from below the goal line and gave Powell River a 5-1 advantage.
The Delta, BC native added his fourth goal of the game at the 7:03 mark of the 3rd period as he one-timed in a pass from Cam Donaldson on the blocker side of Morency to extend the lead to 6-1.
The Warriors added a second goal as Logan Mostat collected his own rebound off the right pad of Kings goaltender Brian Wilson at the 9:05 mark of the 3rd period and buried on the blocker side for his 16th goal of the season to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Powell River rounded out the scoring at the 14:47 mark of the final period of play as Carmine Buono slid a puck through traffic and by Morency to give the Kings a 7-2 victory.
Cole Demers started the game for the Warriors, making 7 saves on 11 shots while being assessed the loss in the game before Gabriel Morency stopped 31 of 34 shots in relief. Brian Wilson made 38 saves on 40 shots for his 18th win of the season.
FINAL SCORE: 7-2 Kings
SHOTS ON GOAL: 45-39 Kings
PP: Warriors (0/3) Kings (0/4)
1) Jonny Evans (4-2-6)
2) Cam Donaldson (0-3-3)
3) Johan Steen (0-0-0)
The Warriors (22-22-0-1) wrap up their three-game road trip with their 3rd and final regular season meeting against the Chilliwack Chiefs (32-15-0-5) at Prospera Centre on Sunday evening. Puck drop is slated for 5:00 PM