For the second straight game the West Kelowna Warriors run into a hot goaltender and are shutout 4-0 to the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday night.
It was an even first period with both goaltenders (Johnny Derrick and Evan Fradette) stopping all 8 shots they faced to keep it scoreless after one. Warriors forward John Evans would head to the dressing room midway through the period with what appeared to be an upper body injury. Evans would not return.
With only 10 forwards the Warriors needed some players to step up. The newcomer Cristophe Farmer had a couple great scoring chances but was unable to corral the rebounds Smoke Eaters goaltender Evan Fradette gave up. It appeared the second period was also going to end scoreless but the Smoke Eaters had other plans scoring a pair of goals in the final 66 seconds. First it was Quinn Disher collecting a Johnny Derrick rebound and beating Derrick who was out of position to make it 1-0. After a lengthy delay due to Warriors coaching staff pleading the goal should have been waived off the Smoke Eaters would score again 23 seconds later with Teddy Lagerbeck scoring off the back of Johnny Derrick and in to make it 2-0 Smoke Eaters with 43 seconds remaining in the 2nd period.
The Warriors needed their absolute best third period of the season down a pair of goals and down one of their top forwards in John Evans. The Warriors came out flying in the third with numerous chances and then Pat Lawn would throw one of the biggest open ice hits of the season on Zach Michaelis. Smoke Eaters Corey Cunningham would then challenge Lawn to a fight. Lawn would answer the bell and take down Cunningham energizing the Warriors bench. The Warriors wouldn’t be able to find the net however. Then the Smoke Eaters newest acquisitions Josh Orrico and Nick Remissong would add a goal each to give the Smoke Eaters a 4-0 victory.