Warriors and winning streaks
Oct 4, 2013 / 6:50 am
Riding the longest winning streak in the BC Hockey League this year and sharing top spot in the tough Interior Conference, one would think everything would be good in Rylan Ferster's world.
One would think wrong.
The head coach of the West Kelowna Warriors says it's too early in the season to get excited about winning streaks.
And, with just four points separating first from last he's not reading much into the standings.
"It's always nicer to win than loose, but we've only played eight games," says Ferster.
"I don't think anyone is reading too much into the standings. If you look at our division if you have one bad weekend you could be in last place."
While the Warriors have put together the longest winning streak since a club record eight in a row in Feb, 2008, the road has not been without its pot holes.
The Warriors sit dead last in the 16 team BCHL on the penalty kill at 65.7%.
On the road, they have killed off barely 50%.
"Is it a concern? Absolutely. Are we trying to work on it? Yeah we are," says Ferster.
In last Saturday's win in Trail the Warriors gave up a pair of power-play goals, however, he says neither were system breakdowns.
"One was a tip ... the other was a play at the blue line where a guy sent in a backhanded one," says Ferster.
"Those are two goals that are not coachable mistakes."
The Warriors will have their hands full this weekend as they look to extend their current winning streak.
They head into Powell River (Friday), Nanaimo (Saturday) and Cowichan (Sunday), the top three teams in the Island Division.
"Powell River is the number one team in our league. They've won four in a row and they've only lost one game. And, it's a tough place to win. We'll have our hands full," says Ferster.
"No different Saturday in Nanaimo. We know they work very hard. We had them at the showcase. We lost to them there and Cowichan we haven't seen yet but obviously they are a much improved team."
The Warriors will still be without defenceman Jared Schmeiser who could be ready to make his Warriors debut next weekend and forward Brennan Clark.
Andy Desautels, who has been in goal throughout the Warriors winning streak, will get the call Friday in Powell River.
No decision has been made as to who will play the other two games, although it is a safe bet Tanner Burgardt will see his first game action of the season sometime on the weekend.
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