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Warriors losing skid climbs to five

West Kelowna Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster promises to deliver a message he hopes his players will hear loud and clear.

Sunday, the Warriors laid an egg, literally, in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the visiting Nanaimo Clippers before 800 fans at Royal LePage Place.

When asked if he would be delivering a message to his players during practice this week, the simple one word answer was unmistakable - "Yes."

"We are not going to win many games if we don't score some goals here so, we are certainly disappointed about that," stated Ferster.

"I don't know if we came ready to play. And, that's my fault.

Reid Sturos scored the only goal the Clippers would need with a shorthanded marker 15 minutes into the opening period.

Sturos shook a pair of Warriors defenders at the blueline and, while trying to deke Garrett Rockafellow, the puck slid off his stick and trickled into the corner.

The goal came just minutes after Rockafellow stoned Sturos on another shorthanded breakaway with a quick glove save off a shot labeled for the bottom corner.

Kyle Kramer gave the Clippers and insurance goal midway through the third with a wrist shot from the high slot that eluded Rockafellow.

Ferster says Rockafellow gave the team a chance to win.

"I think he did too, he only let in two goals. The second one the timing wasn't great but still, we have to give him some run support for sure."

After a sloppy first period the Warriors created several chances, mainly from Brett McKinnon and Marcus Basara, but were unable to get one past Jayson Argue who blocked 37 shots for his second shutout of the season.

After filling the opposition net at a clip of more than four goals per game earlier in the season, the Warriors offence has dried up of late.

The Warriors have scored just nine times over the course of their current five game losing streak (0-3-0-2).

With Max French, Seb Lloyd and Ambrose Firkus out of the line-up Ferster agreed the team has to find a way to bang in some gritty goals.

"We have to get dirty in the paint and have an eagerness to score some goals the old fashioned way," says Ferster.

"At times we did a better job. We were playing a team (Nanaimo) that is pretty tight defensively but I think we need an eagerness to throw the puck there and bang a couple in."

Both teams finished the game without a goal on three chances with the man advantage.

The Warriors have a long week of practice before they return to the ice for games Friday (Victoria) and Saturday (Salmon Arm) at Royal LePage Place.

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