Warriors struggles continue

The West Kelowna Warriors are off to their worst start since relocating from Langley in 2006.

The Warriors fell to 1-4-1-0, losing 4-2 to the previously winless Merritt Centennials Friday.

As has been the case in most of their games, the Warriors held an early lead, but were unable to tack on the all-important next goal.

The Warriors led 1-0 and 2-1 during a dominant opening period, but it was the Centennials who took the game to the Warriors over the final 40 minutes.

Levi Stauber got the Warriors on the board with his league-leading sixth goal of the season on the power play before many Merritt fans had found their seats.

Brett Roloson beat Johnny Derrick on a rebound moments later to tie it, but Lucas Cullen restored the one-goal lead 46 seconds later when he stole the puck and beat Ryan Winter in the Merritt net just 3:31 in.

They were held off the scoresheet the rest of the way.

Thomas Manty tied it on a Merritt power play in the second, then unanswered third period goals from Daniel Tkac and Payton Matsui sealed it for the home side.

The Centennials outshot the Warriors 46-39.

The Warriors will try and find the win column again Saturday night when the winless Trail Smoke Eaters make their way to Royal LePage Place.

Faceoff Saturday is 6 p.m.

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