Warriors move up a notch

The West Kelowna Warriors received offensive production from all four lines in a 4-1 victory in Langley on Friday night.

The win moves the Warriors into sole possession of second place in the BCHL’s Interior Conference.

Brennan Clark opened the scoring with just seven seconds remaining in a tight first period.

The second-year forward knocked down a Langley clearance and beat a screened James Barr short-side to give West Kelowna the momentum heading into the break.

David Pope would score the eventual game-winner early in the second, while Brett McKinnon made it 3-0 with a marker at 19:22.

Austin Azurdia ended Tyler Briggs' shut out bid 36 seconds into the third period. Briggs made 29 saves while picking up his first win for the Warriors.

Braxton Bilous round out the scoring at 15:25.

“I think we played well as a group” says Clark, who now has four goals in the past four games.

“We talked a lot about getting to the puck first and winning battles. I think we did that tonight and I think we outplayed them.”

West Kelowna played the game without Max French, who is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The Captain’s return is still uncertain, although it’s unlikely he’ll be in the lineup in time for Saturday night's rematch.

The Warriors and Rivermen will renew hostilities when they play the back end of a home-and-home series at Royal LePage Place starting at 7:00 p.m.

It’s 80’s night in West Kelowna, so fans are encouraged to wear their 80’s clothing and come prepared for 80’s music and promotions.

--with files from Jon Zacks

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