Warriors fall in OT

The West Kelowna Warriors dominated the visiting Victoria Grizzlies everywhere but on the scoresheet Sunday afternoon.

Playing their third game in less than three days, the Grizzlies battled back from a 2-0 deficit, and hung on just long enough to find the game winner in overtime.

Victoria captain Marty Westhaver streaked down the right wing during the three-on-three overtime period, and whistled a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Brock Baier five-hole for the game winner.

Westhaver also got the game-tying goal seven minutes into the third, banging home a centering pass on a Victoria power play.

The Warriors did everything but put the Grizzlies away early. Ryan Upson hit the post from close in with half a net to shoot at, and Austin Chorney hit a crossbar and post on an early power play.

It was that kind of day for the Warriors.

"We carried most of the play in the game, and we have to find a way to get it done when we get the opportunities," said head coach Brandon West.

"You have to outwork their goaltender. He was fantastic for them, and kept them in the game when they needed him the most., We have to find ways to beat good goaltenders in this league."

The Warriors did get on the scoreboard first when Levi Stauber backhanded his fourth off a rebound.

They doubled the lead early in the second when Chorney, from the left wall, threw the puck in front, where John Evans tapped home his second.

They had numerous chances to extend the lead but either couldn't get to a loose puck or were denied by Joe Howe.

Against the run of the play, the Grizzlies began mounting a comeback 11 minutes into the second. Baier made two sensational stops during a scramble near his crease, but the puck fell to the corner of the goalpost.

Henri Schreifels was the first to find it, tapped it into the crease then into the wide open net.

The Warriors continued to dominate the remainder of the second and most of the third, but it was the Grizzlies who managed to tie it.

The Warriors had a chance to get the go ahead goal on a late power play, but were unable to connect.

"Our power play goes three-for-three Friday night, and goes 0-4 today.

"I'm not putting it on our power play, but when we get the opportunities, we have to score goals. We had enough chances to win the game today."

The Warriors continue to struggle without the services of three key veterans, forward Parm Dhaliwal and defencemen Jake Harrison and Garrett Ewert.

West says all three will remain out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

The Warriors will try to get untracked again next weekend. They travel to Merritt Friday night before hosting the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday.



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