OT not kind to Warriors in Langley
Oct 26, 2013 / 10:45 pm
The West Kelowna Warriors blew a 2-0 second period lead and eventually fell 3-2 in overtime in Langley.
Saturday's result was nearly a mirror opposite of the opening game of the Warriors three game road trip when they battled back from a 2-0 deficit in Coquitlam before prevailing 4-3.
Saturday in Langley Will Cook deflected a point shot seven seconds into a power-play giving the Rivermen the 3-2 victory.
Jordan Masters and Connor Bucsis spotted the Warriors a 2-0 lead with power-play goals two minutes apart early in the second period.
The goals came with Austin Azurdia and James Robinson sitting in the penalty box after being assessed major penalties for blows to the head late in the opening period.
Robinson caught defenceman Braxton Bilous with his illegal hit while Azurdia took out goaltender Andy Desautels.
Cody Porter replaced Desautels and went the final 43:20 - his first action of the season for the Warriors.
In fact, it was the first time a goaltender other than Desautels has tended the Warriors net since the 1:57 mark of the second period of the second game of the season back on Sept 7.
Mitch McLain got the Rivermen on the board midway through the second before Nathan Craft tied it four minutes into the third.
The Warriors finished the night 2 for 7 with the man advantage while Langley went 1 for 2 on the power-play.
The single point allowed the Warriors to climb back into a first place tie with the Penticton Vees atop the tight Interior Division standings after Penticton fell 4-2 in Salmon Arm.
Both have 24 points.
Merritt edged Vernon 1-0 leaving the Vipers third, two points back of West Kelowna and Penticton.
The Centennials are three back of the leaders while Salmon Arm is four back.
The Warriors conclude their three game road trip Sunday afternoon in Surrey.
They return home to host Trail Saturday.
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