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Make it two-for-two on their current three game road trip.

The West Kelowna Warriors scored four unanswered goals in the second period and held on for a 6-4 win over the Surrey Eagles Friday.

Connor Sodergren had a goal and two assists to pace the Warriors with singles going to Kristian Blumenschein, Rylan Yaremko, Kyler Hope, Brett Mennear and Reed Gunville with his first in the BC Hockey League scored for the Warriors.

Bryan Nelson, Garrett Forster and Jonathan Desbiens each chipped in with a pair of assists.

The Warriors trailed 2--1 after one but poured it on in the second.

Blumenscheim got the ball rolling in the middle frame, tying the game at 2-2 just 31 seconds in.

Power-play goals from Yaremko and Hope before the mid-point of the period put the Warriors up by two before Mennear stretched the lead two minutes after Hope's tally.

Gunville, second on the team with 17 assists, finally potted his first early in the third to put the game out of reach.

The Eagles scored a pair of late goals to make the final score look a little more respectable.

Aidan Doak, filling in for injured backup Stephen Heslop, turned aside 18 shots for his first BCHL victory.

Former Warrior netminder Forbes Ploszaj stopped just 18 of 23 shots before being pulled following Mennear's tally.

The win keeps the Warriors three points in back of second place Salmon Arm in the Interior Division.

The Warriors conclude their three game road trip Saturday night in Langley.

They return home to host Trail Tuesday and Cowichan Valley Friday.

Warriors tame Wild turkey

It was less than a happy Thanksgiving for the Wentachee Wild.

Kyler Hope had a goal and an assist to led the West Kelowna Warriors past the lone U.S. franchise in the BC Hockey League on U.S. Thanksgiving.

Liam Blackburn had a pair of helpers to match Hope's two point night.

Tanner Campbell, Connor Sodergren and Jonathan Desbiens also scored for the Warriors who held a 4-1 lead in the third before the Wild scored twice late to make the last few moments interesting.

The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Campbell and Sodergren.

After the hosts cut the deficit to one, Desbiens buried his team leading 14th on a power-play to restore the two goal lead.

Hope scored what stood up as the game winner with a shorthanded effort midway through the final period.

Late goals from Matthew Baker on a power-play and Mike Coyne gave the Wild some life but they were unable to get the equalizer past Keelan Williams.

A final minute scramble would not go the Wild way, as the Warriors open up their road trip with a 4-3 victory.

The outshot Wenatchee 37-26 in completing the two-game sweep of the expansion Wild.

The Warriors continue their three-game Coastal Division road trip Friday in Surrey and Saturday in Langley.


Vees defeat Vipers

Scott Conway scored the game-tying and game-winning goals, in the Penticton Vees 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win against the Vernon Vipers, Wednesday at the SOEC.

Conway redirected a point-shot into the Vernon net with 96-seconds left in regulation to force OT, and then he won it just over three minutes into four-on-four, as the Vees kept their perfect home record intact.

The Vees were down 3-1 seven-minutes into the third period, but Chris Gerrie and Conway scored 10-minutes apart to get the Vees to the extra frame.

Nicholas Jones scored the Vees other regulation goal, and Anthony Brodeur stopped 27 of 30 shots for his 16th win.

Christian Cakebread scored twice for the Vipers and Griffin James added another, as Vernon couldn't hold onto three separate leads.

Andrew Shortridge was tagged with the loss, stopping 28 of 32 Vees shots.

 The Vipers got on the board first, four-minutes into the first period after James hammered a point shot through a crowd in front of Brodeur.

The failed clearing attempt came right to James who went upstairs at 4:17.

The Vees best chance in the first came short-handed and on a two-on-one rush.

However, Dante Fabbro couldn't get his cross-ice pass on the stick of Demico Hannoun at the side of the net.

Vernon added to their lead early in the second and on a power-play.

Odeen Tufto was stopped from the slot but Cakebread popped in the rebound over Brodeur at 5:49; the Vees down two early in the middle frame.

The Vees power-play had an answer right away, as they came back and scored 49-seconds after the Vipers tally. Jones tipped in Fabbro's slap-shot from the point at 6:38; his third made it 2-1.

Penticton had another power-play late in the second and they were a few inches away from tying it. Conway had his one-timer from the right-wing knocked down in the crease by a diving Shortridge. Penticton trailed going into the third period for just the fourth time this season. 

Cakebread gave the Vipers their second two-goal lead and again it was early, just seven-minutes into the third. After an odd carom off the boards, the Vipers grabbed the puck and had numbers down-low, and Cakebread tapped-in a backdoor pass at 6:41.

Cue the comeback. 
Gerrie got it started 74-seconds after the Vipers third goal, as he was the one to pounce on a loose puck in front of the Vernon net.

Shortridge made two great saves in tight at the post but the puck came back out front to Gerrie, who put it up and over a sprawled Shortridge at 7:55; his ninth cutting the deficit to one.

Then, with less than 90-seconds remaining in regulation, the Vees found a way to tie it with the goalie pulled. The puck came back to Griffin Mendel at the point and his wrist-shot was tipped in front by Conway at 18:24. The goal was originally credited to Mendel but upon review, Conway got his lumber on the shot; setting the stage for his OT heroics.

Late in four-on-four, Tyson Jost dropped the puck to Conway on the boards and he did the rest, moving to the middle and snapping a wrist-shot on the short-side, over the glove of Shortridge at 3:07; his 21st and third OT-winner.

  • Final Score: 4-3 Vees (OT)
  • Shots: 32-30 Vees
  • Power-Plays: Vees 1-5 Vipers 1-3
  • Conway extended his point streak to 24-games with his two goals and Jost extended his to 15-games with his two assists.
  • The Vees are now 5-0 in overtime this year and 12-0-0 at the SOEC.
  • Tonight marks the first loss for Vernon in nine games when carrying a lead into the third


18 invited WJAC camp

18 players from the BC Hockey League are among 60 invited to take part in the Canada West tryout camp in advance of the World Jr. A Challenge.

Of those, five reside in the Interior Division including Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost from Penticton, Liam Finlay of the Vipers, Colin Grannary from Merritt and Salmon Arm's Cameron Trott.

Fabbro and Jost are two of three players returning from the 2014 event.

The Chilliwack Chiefs have the most invitees with five while the Powell River Kings will send three to the camp.

Canada West will be made up of players from the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The selection camp will be held from Dec. 5 to 8 in Leduc, Alta.

The World Junior A Challenge will take place Dec. 13 to 19 in Whitby and Cobourg, Ont.

The tournament will feature teams representing Canada West and East, the United States, Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

The U.S. has won the event five times including the last three in a row while Canada West has won the other three.

Back in the win column

They were only down for one night before the Penticton Vees turned it around and steamrolled the Coquitlam Express 8-2 on Saturday.

The strong win comes just one night after the Langley Rivermen squashed the Vees 23-game winning streak, but the team looked like one that did not want to lose again.

Tyson Jost led the pack with a goal and five points and five Vees had two or more points in the win.

Easton Brodzinski and Dante Fabbro each scored twice and Scott Conway, Chris Gerrie and Demico Hannoun added solo markers.

Penticton exploded for five goals in the first and three more in the second before cruising to their 24th win in 26 games.

Hannoun grabbed the Vees their first lead halfway through the first and on a great individual effort. Hannoun, in the right-circle, dragged the puck around the defender and, after falling to his knees, fired a shot over Tyger Howat’s shoulder at 10:37.

Fabbro then scored his first of two in the opening frame just after the 12-minute mark. The defenseman crept down from the point and Jost found him open in the middle at 12:03.

The Captain then got in on the act, scoring his team-leading 23rd on another power-play. Jost faked-out the goalie at the side of the net, before going around him and tucking the puck in at the side at 16:08.

Fabbro was at it again inside the final minute and again it was Jost setting up the rear-guard. Fabbro, the trailer on an odd-man rush, took the drop pass and went upstairs at 19:03.

After the dust settled, the Vees scored five goals in just over 14-minutes and took a 5-1 lead into the intermission.

Penticton kept adding to their lead in the middle stanza, as Scott Conway and Chris Gerrie scored two goals 33-seconds apart.

Brodzinski capped off the scoring barrage on an odd-man rush. Jost and Brodzinski came in on a two-on-one and Jost went across to Brodzinski for the tap-in at 12:22.

Coquitlam got a consolation marker in the dying moments of the second. On the power-play, Taylor Green followed his own rebound to the net for the Express’ second and final goal of the game at 19:45.

Saturday’s game saw the second time the Vees have scored eight goals this year; they beat Merritt 8-4 on Halloween night.

Conway extended his point streak to 23-games in the win and Jost’s streak is now at 13-games. Jost also moved back into the BCHL scoring lead, with 54 points in 26 games; one up on Nanaimo’s Sheldon Rempal.

Penticton (24-2-0-0) is now off until Wednesday, November 25, when they host the Vernon Vipers at the SOEC; face-off is 7 pm. 

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