Warriors clipped, start season 0-2
Sep 7, 2013 / 8:20 pm
The West Kelowna Warriors got a better effort but couldn't get a save when they needed a save.
The Warriors outshot Nanaimo 48-16 in a game where shots on goal was indicative of the territorial play but still came out on the wrong end of a 6-5 score.
After being critical of his veterans in Friday's 3-0 loss to Surrey, head coach Rylan Ferster couldn't fault the effort Saturday.
"We can't fault our kids on our effort tonight. We gave up 16 shots and six goals," a dejected Ferster stated after the game.
"We liked our team, we liked our effort. I may be being a little hard on our guys but in two games we've given up 40 shots so obviously we're playing well in our own end but we've given up nine goals."
After being blanked Friday the Warriors got the start they wanted when captain Matt Anholt took a perfect feed from Ambrose Firkus coming out of the right corner and one-timed a shot past Jayson Argue just 75 seconds into the game.
The lead lasted just 1:07 as Ryan Forbes banged a rebound past Steven Myland to even the score.
The Clippers would put two more past Myland on just five shots to grab a 3-1 lead before David Pope roofed a shot past Argue late in the period to cut the deficit to one.
A weak goal off the stick of Korey Morgan two minutes into the second spelled the end of Myland's day.
Andy Desautels relieved Myland but didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on three shots over the final 18 minutes of the second.
Desautels shut the door in the third, stopping all four shots he faced giving the Warriors a chance to come back, however, they were unable to find the equalizer.
Jordon Masters led the Warriors with two goals and two assists.
Liam Blackburn also scored for the Warriors while Seb Lloyd chipped in with a pair of assists.
Nanaimo led 3-2 after one and built the lead to 6-3 late in the second when Masters banged home his second of the night and the Warriors first on the power-play late in the second.
They buzzed all around the Nanaimo net in the third and were finally rewarded when Blackburn scored his first off a rebound of a Masters' shot with 4:15 to go just a second after a Nanaimo penalty had expired.
They had chances down the stretch but were unable to get the tying goal past Argue.
Masters, who didn't see the end of Friday's game after receiving an automatic game misconduct for a checking-from-behind penalty, says the team was much better Saturday.
"We worked as a team and had opportunities. With that many shots on net we just have to capitalize more as a team," says Masters.
"We definitely played hard and worked well together."
The Warriors get back to work early next week as they prepare to host the Merritt Centennials Friday night in their home opener at Royal LePage Place.
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