Simmonds hero in return to Warriors
Oct 25, 2013 / 10:35 pm
After two seasons with the West Kelowna Warriors, veteran forward Reid Simmonds was dealt during the off season in a swap for defenceman Taylor Graham.
The Warriors re-acquired the gritty 20-year-old Wednesday from Okotoks of the AJHL for future considerations and his return paid immediate dividends.
Simmonds scored twice Friday including the game winner with 22 seconds left in regulation time leading the Warriors to a come-from-behind 4-3 win in Coquitlam.
The win was the second in a row for the Warriors and kicked off a three game coastal road trip on the right foot.
The Warriors spotted the Express a 2-0 lead before mounting a furious comeback over the last half of the game.
Jason Cotton got the Warriors on the board late in the second and Simmonds netted his first of the night 6:26 into the third.
Less than a minute later David Pope popped his sixth of the season to give West Kelowna its first lead of the game.
The Express would tie it with less than three minutes to go in regulation time.
The game was set for overtime before Simmonds second ended things before an extra period was needed.
Andy Desautels, the game's third star, turned aside 26 shots for his league leading 11th win of the season.
Friday's win improves the Warriors record to 11-4-0-1, a point behind Interior leading Penticton and one ahead of third place Vernon.
The Warriors continue their road trip Saturday in Langley before closing out it out in Surrey Sunday.
West Kelowna will lose forwards Seb Lloyd, David Pope, Ambrose Firkus and defenceman Adam Plant who all will head to Calgary early Saturday for the start of the Canada West selection camp.
All four will attempt to secure a spot on the team that will compete in next month's World Jr A Challenge in Yarmouth, NS.
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