Warriors busy, 3 in, 2 out

The West Kelowna Warriors roster looks a lot different today that it did just 24 hours ago.

Warriors coach/GM Rylan Ferster was busy tinkering with his roster, adding three players while moving out a pair.

In the biggest move of the day, the Warriors sent stay-at-home defenceman Tyler Anderson to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for forward Braiden Epp.

Anderson, 20, was a key cog in the Warriors march to the RBC Cup last season. He had four goals for the Warriors while playing in every regular season and post-season game.

Ferster called it a tough deal to make.

“He is a quality person that has done everything we have asked of him. But in this business you have to give to get," said Ferster.

“We needed a veteran forward and Braiden fits that role. A gritty guy that has a nose for the net.”

He has amassed 41 goals and 80 points over that span with the Spruce Kings, including 6 points in 19 playoff games with Prince George.

The Warriors also signed a pair of players released by WHL clubs, including defenceman Scott Allen who played in West Kelowna last season before trying to crack the Calgary Hitmen lineup this season.

“Scott Allan was a huge part in our playoff run last year," said Ferster.

“He is a big presence on the ice and was very good in a shut down role last year.”

The Warriors also signed 19-year-old forward Matthew Campese, released by the Kamloops Blazers.

In 95 games with Victoria and Kamloops, Campese had 10 goals and 16 points.

To make room on the roster, the Warriors sent 18-year-old defenceman Daly Hamilton to the Canmore Eagles for future considerations.

The three additions should be in the lineup Friday when the Warriors host Interior Division leader Penticton.

Vees' newest player

Dustin Godfrey

The Penticton Vees are at 10 wins and zero losses at the BCHL Showcase tournament over five years.

Last week's wins, along with the home opener this week, today's season ticket pick-up barbecue and the newest addition to the team, defenceman James Miller, were the topics of this week's addition of Vees' View with Coach Harbinson.

Head coach Fred Harbinson lauds the team and all of the crew working behind the scenes for its success in Chilliwack for last week's Showcase tournaments, which put the team at five wins and one loss for the season.

Plus, host Fraser Rodgers speaks to Miller about coming to a new team in a new league and what he can offer for the Vees.

Special teams hurt Warriors

Special teams were the downfall of the West Kelowna Warriors at the start of a five-game homestand at Royal LePage Place.

The Warriors surrendered four power-play goals in a 5-1 setback at the hands of the Merritt Centennials Tuesday.

West Kelowna dominated the opening period, but could only manage to come away deadlocked at 1-1.

Then, early in the second period, back-to-back penalties put the Tribe down two men. It would prove to be the turning point of the game.

Merritt struck twice in a 22 second span with the man advantage, taking a 3-1 lead they would never appear in jeopardy of surrendering.

Two more in the third salted it away.

The Warriors had their chances with the man advantage, but could only bury one of their eight chances.

"That just comes down to not being good enough in the areas of the ice you need to be," said assistant coach Shea Naka.

"They score two power-play goals on loose pucks in the slot, and that should be unacceptable here. And we didn't score on loose pucks on our power-play. That's kind of what it boiled down to at the end of the day."

Connor Sodergren scored the lone Warrior goal, tapping home a perfect back-door feed from rookie Parm Dhaliwal late in the opening frame.

The Warriors outshot Merritt 16-7 in that period but Jacob Berger was solid for the Centennials in goal.

The loss snapped the Warriors three-game winning streak while the Centennials ended their two-game skid.

The Warriors will be back at it again Friday night when they entertain the Penticton Vees for the first time this season.

Vees bolster blueline

The Penticton Vees have acquired a new defenceman.

James Miller, from Olds, Alta., was taken in exchange for Noah Jordan, who will play for the Olds Grizzlys in the AJHL.

"James is a very good skater with offensive tools that will help generate offence from our blue line," Vees head coach Fred Harbinson said in a release. "Despite being 18, he's close to already playing 100 games at this level, and that experience is what we want to add to our lineup."

The Vees have traded with the Grizzlys before, acquiring Chris Gerrie in an off-season move ahead of the 2015-16 season.

Miller, who is from Spruce Grove, Alta., is entering his third season of junior hockey after spending two in the AJHL.

He had five goals and 21 points in 50 games last season, nearly doubling his point total from his rookie season in 2014-15, with a total of 90 regular season games, with seven goals and 32 points.

Last season, Miller was part of Team West for the 2016 CJHL Prospects Game in Surrey.

Before he broke into the AJHL, Miller played both midget and bantam hockey for his hometown Spruce Grove PAC Saints.

He has already secured an NCAA Division 1 commitment to the University of New Hampshire for the 2017-18 season. 

Jordan, 19, scored once in six games for the Vees, after coming to Penticton from the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s St. Michael’s Buzzers in an off-season trade.

Last season with the Buzzers, Jordan notched 12 goals and added another 44 assists in 50 games.

Miller will wear number 19 and make his Vees debut this Friday, when the team makes a visit to West Kelowna, to face the Warriors at Royal LePage Place.

Fans can listen to the game on EZ Rock AM 800, or they can purchase the BCHL pay-per-view package at fasthockey.com.

Foreman BCHL's PoW

It's been quite a start to the BC Hockey League season for Quin Foreman.

The West Kelowna Warriors forward leads the BCHL with seven goals over the club's first five games. He's tied for third in league scoring with 10 points.

Monday, Foreman was named the league's Player of the Week, after he scored five times in two games at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack.

He had the hat trick in a 5-2 win over the host Chiefs Wednesday night then added two more goals the following afternoon as the Warriors upended Coquitlam 5-3.

“ It’s great to see Quin have success,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster on his play through the first five games of the regular season,

“He ended up being a big part of our team last year. And has come back and not only elevated his game but emerged as real leader for us as well.”

Foreman, 20, and the rest of his Warrior teammates open a five-game homestand Tuesday night when they entertain the Merritt Centennials.

The Warriors have won three in a row entering the game while the Centennials dropped both their games in Chilliwack last week.

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