Warriors snap road skid

The West Kelowna Warriors finally won a game away from Royal LePage Place.

The Warriors made the day-long trek to Prince George Saturday, following a disheartening shellacking at the hands of the Penticton Vees, and doubled up on the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-2.

Prior to the win, the Warriors had lost seven straight on the road.

The Warriors built a 4-0 lead before the Spruce Kings scored  pair in the third to spoil Cole Demers' bid for a second shutout of the season.

Michael Ryan and Willie Reim each had a goal and an assist to pace the Warriors attack. RJ Murphy and Jared Marino also scored for the Warriors.

Chase Dubois picked up a pair of helpers.

The game was scoreless for nearly two full periods until Ryan broke the goose egg with his third of the season at 17:29 of the middle period.

The Warriors broke the game open with three goals in three-and-a-half minutes to open the third.

Murphy made it 2-0 just 29 seconds into the third, before Reim tallied what stood up as the game winner 90 seconds later on the power play

Marino close out the Warriors scoring four minutes in.

Dustin Manz on the power play, and Kyle Johnson in the dying seconds scored for the Spruce Kings.

Demers stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced to earn the win.

The win was key for the Warriors, who kept pace with Penticton and Wenatchee in the Interior Division, after both those teams won as well Saturday.

All three have 31 points, however the Vees and Wild hold four, and three games in hand respectively.

The Warriors are off until the weekend when they host the Merritt Centennials Friday and the Vernon Vipers Saturday.


Vees drub Capitals, 10-1

The Penticton Vees continued to score goals at a torrid pace when they hosted the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night.

The Vees scored in double-digits for the second-straight night and earned their fourth win in a row, downing the last-place Capitals 10-1.

Penticton put up a season-high 47 shots – scoring three goals in the first period, four in the second and three more in the final frame.

All the offence the home team would need on the night came in the game's opening five minutes. Jack Barnes opened the scoring 22 seconds into the game, and Jared Nash scored about four minutes later.

Jonny Tychonick and Owen Sillinger each had four points for Penticton. Taylor Ward had three, while six other Vees had two points. All but three Vees skaters found the scoresheet.

While he had ample run-support, goalie Nolan Hildebrand was fairly busy, stopping 36 of 37 Capitals shots.

Ty Pochipinski had the Capitals' lone goal on the night. Goalies Adam Marcoux and J.J. Pichette swapped in and out; Marcoux stopped 14 of 19 shots he faced, while Pichette blocked 23 of 28.

With the loss, Cowichan is now winless in its past eight games, and falls to 2-18-3-1 in 24 games this season.  

Penticton, meanwhile, improves to 14-5-1-2 through 22 games of the season.

The win rounds out what has been a remarkable week for the Vees, who earned an 11-3 win against West Kelowna on Friday, and a 7-1 victory over Surrey on Wednesday.

In all, the Vees have outscored their opponents 32-6 in winning their past four games. 

A stretch of 12 games in 25 nights continues for the Vees on Wednesday, when they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters for the second meeting of the year between the two teams.

Penticton then returns home to the SOEC for games on Nov. 24 against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and on Nov. 25 against the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Vipers beat Centennials

The Vernon Viper got back to their winning ways Friday, dumping the Merritt Centennials 3-2.

The BCHL teams met in the Nicola Valley community.

Josh Prokop, Jimmy Lambert and Jordan Sandhu each notched singles for the Snakes.

The Vipers currently sit in top spot of the Interior Division with 17 wins, five losses and four ties.

Vees thump Warriors

The West Kelowna Warriors six-game home ice winning streak came crashing down like a house of cards Friday night.

The Penticton Vees came into Royal LePage Place and put up 11 on Warriors goaltenders in an 11-3 thumping before nearly 1,100 mostly disappointed fans.

The Vees snapped a 1-1 tie with two late first period goals, then ran away with four more unanswered markers in the second to build up a commanding 7-1 lead.

They put four more behind Cole Demers, who came in to start the third period in place of Cody Porter who, according to head coach Rylan Ferster, suffered a lower body injury during the game.

The Warriors were the better team in the opening period everywhere but on the scoresheet.

The Vees opened the scoring four minutes in on a perfectly executed two-on-one. The Warriors got that back four minutes later when Willie Reim pounced on a rebound in the crease and flipped a backhand up and over Penticton netminder Adam Scheel.

The Warriors appeared to break the tie two minutes later, but the referee lost sight of the puck and blew the whistle just as the Warriors banged it home.

But, two goals late in the period which Porter would like to have back got the rout started. Owen Sillinger beat Porter five-hole when he took the puck wide to the left circle and threw a shot that snuck through Porter's pads.

The backbreaker came in the final minute, when a wrist shot from Nicky Leivermann from the left point again squeezed through the pads and trickled slowly, and painfully over the goal line.

A goal in the opening moments of the second dashed any hope of a Warriors comeback.

RJ Murphy, who somehow missed a wide open net on a power play early in the second, and Wyatt Head with his first career BCHL goal scored the other Warriors goals in the third.

Lievermann and Dakota Boutin each scored three times for the Vees. Owen Sillinger had a pair, while Massimo Rizzo chipped in with five assists.

"I don't know how many times you're going to lose 11-3 and say you like it," said Ferster. "I really can't fault our guys. I thought our effort was there for 60 minutes. Those games are tough to play in...it can go off the rails real quick."

Ferster said he didn't think the team let the game go, and played hard for the full 60 minutes..

"Put that loss on me. I'll take that one. I won't say anything bad about our kids, that loss was on me."

The Warriors created several chances in the offensive zone utilizing a speed game through the neutral zone, but were unable to finish. They peppered Scheel with 17 shots in the opening period, and 39 overall, but managed just the three goals.

Porter looked shaky through the 40 minutes he played, giving up seven goals on just 28 shots.

Ferster said the plan was to stick with Porter throughout, saving Demers for a Saturday tilt in Prince George.

That fell through when Porter came up with the injury.

The Vees move into a third place tie with the Warriors with the win, however, Penticton do hold four games in hand. The fifth place Wenatchee Wild, two points behind both, also hold four games in hand on the Warriors.

Following Saturday's game in Prince George, the Warriors will return home to host Merritt Friday and Vernon Saturday.

Warriors continue to tinker

The West Kelowna Warriors continue to tinker with their roster.

The B.C. Hockey League club announced today it has sent 19-year-old forward Peter Tomaras to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

In 16 games this season, Tomaras scored three times an added a pair of assists. Over a season-plus, Tomaras had 20 points in 61 games.

The move leaves the Warriors with 21 players on the active roster, along with two on injured reserve.

“Peter is a character kid and plays with his heart on his sleeve,” said Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster. “We want to wish him all the best in Waywayseecappo.”

The Warriors will put their six-game home-ice winning streak on the line when they host the Penticton Vees, Friday.

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