Salmon Arm needed five rounds in a shootout to edge the West Kelowna Warriors 6-5 Sunday

Warriors fail to hold lead

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks continue to find different ways to get the better of the West Kelowna Warriors.

Sunday night, it was a late goal in regulation time, then a five round shootout, as the Silverbacks recorded a 6-5 victory - their fourth straight over the Warriors.

Marcus Joughin snapped a 4-4 tie with 98 seconds left in regulation time, just as a Salmon Arm penalty had expired.

Moments later, with Owen Say on the bench for an extra attacker, Zach Brooks had a chance to seal it, but rang his shot off the post.

Hunter Sansbury grabbed the loose puck and hit Simon Tassy with a stretch pass in the neutral zone. Tassy beat Zach Bennett with his third of the night with 40 seconds left in regulation time to send the game into overtime.

The three-on-three overtime settled nothing, meaning a shootout would decide the outcome.

It went to a fifth round before Sansbury ended it with the only goal of the shootout.

As was the case in Friday's win over Vernon, the Warriors jumped on the opposition quickly.

Joughin scored his first of two on the night four minutes in with the Warriors first shorthanded effort of the season.

Brooks doubled the lead three minutes later with a blast that beat Say.

The Silverbacks battled back to tie it with goals less than a minute apart.

Sullivan Mack put the Silverbacks up a goal before Tyson Jugnauth, a day after his 17th birthday, tied it converting a rare four-on-one.

Tyler Cristall and Joughin both put the Warriors up a goal in the third, but on both occasions, Tassy found the equalizer.

The Warriors conclude another busy weekend Monday night when they face off with the Vernon Vipers.

Penticton Vees shutout Trail Smoke Eaters 3-0 Saturday night

Third shutout win for Vees

The Penticton Vees tallied up their third shutout of the season, with a two-goal performance from Luc Wilson and 27-saves from goaltender Kaeden Lane. The team came through in a 3-0 defeat of the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Fin Williams took a shot off the face-off from the right point as Wilson redirected the shot on goal in the first period. Smoke Eaters goalkeeper Logan Terness managed to make a right pad save before the rebound, but Wilson buried it on the blocker side for his eighth goal of the season at the 10:04 mark of the opening period to give the Vees a 1-0 lead.

The Smoke Eaters opened the middle period with the most of the chances, outshooting the Vees by a 9-4 margin at one point.The Vees switched up the playing field and started to turn on the pressure, finishing the period with an 8-1 shot advantage, drawing the lone goal in the second period to jump ahead by a 2-0 score.

With just seven seconds remaining in the second, Josh Niedermayer chipped a pass across to the right side where Liam Malmquist took a shot that was stopped by the glove of Terness, but the rebound spilled back to the Vees forward and he backhanded a shot past the Smoke Eaters netminder.

Wilson added to the Vees advantage in the third period, taking a pass on the right wing as he blazed into the right face-off circle and snapped a shot over the glove side shoulder of Terness for his second goal of the night at the 13:51 mark to give a 3-0 Vees lead.

Lane came through in the last minute of the game, with one final big stop as he slid from his right to left and robbed Quinn Disher on a 6-on-4 advantage for Trail to keep the shutout alive.

Lane stopped each of the 27 shots thrown at him for his third shutout of the season and his sixth win of the campaign while Terness stopped 28 of the 31 shots thrown his way in his second loss of the season.

The Vees are back in the middle of a back-to-back matchup as they face-off against the Cranbrook Bucks on Sunday evening at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Puck drop is slated for 4 p.m.

West Kelowna Warriors survived a furious comeback in a 3-2 win over the Vernon Vipers

Warriors take down Vipers

West Kelowna Warriors assistant coach Ayrton Nikkel has a new memento for his trophy case.

Nikkel has handed the game puck Friday night after earning his first win running a junior bench, a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Vernon Vipers.

The second year assistant was pressed into head coaching duties after head coach Simon Ferguson was given an automatic three-game suspension after captain Elan Bar Lev Wise instigated a fight after the final whistle last Monday.

The Warriors rode a hot offence in the opening period, and a hot Johnny Derrick between the pipes over the last 25 minutes to hang on for the win.

Damon Jugnaugh, who entered the game with just one career BCHL assist, got the Warriors on the board 39 seconds in, banging home his first career goal off a feed from linemate Porter Dawson.

Jugnauth and brother Tyson combined to set up Riley Sharun 10 minutes later as he doubled the lead, before Tyler Cristal on a power play a little more than two minutes later, upped the advantage to 3-0.

Porter also drew an assist on what proved to be the game winner.

The Warriors cruised through much of the second until a five-minute cross checking major assessed to Ben Woodhouse shifted the momentum in the Vipers favour.

Nicholas Kent and Tyler Carpendale scored took advantage of the extended power play, scoring 37 seconds apart to draw the Vipers to within a goal.

They were all over the Warriors for the balance of the second and throughout the third, but Johnny Derrick, who turned away 42 shots, shut the door, preserving the one goal victory.

"We played hard...everyone played their roles," said Derrick after the game on the Warriors post game show.

Derrick wasn't supposed to play Friday, but found out at lunch time he would be pressed into action after Zach Bennett was scratched due to illness.

The Vipers not only peppered Derrick with 44 shots, they also outchanced them 39-15 and held a wide edge in shot attempts, 87-51.

The win was the Warriors third straight against the Vipers, improving their pod record to 4-3-1-0.

The Vipers and Salmon Arm meet Saturday night before the Warriors face the the same Silverbacks Sunday. West Kelowna close out another busy weekend Monday against the Vipers.

Penticton Vees come back strong with a 7-1 win over the Cranbrook Bucks on Thursday night

Vees storm back with a win

The Penticton Vees didn’t stay down for long after a loss on Tuesday, coming back with a big win on Thursday night.

Ryan Upson and Tom Richter were the key players to bring the Vees to a 7-1 defeat of the Cranbrook Bucks at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vees and Bucks found themselves in familiar territory after the opening 20 minutes of action as both teams were held off the scoresheet which marks the fourth straight opening period in their season series where no one has gotten in a goal.

The shortage of scoring chances and scoring in general came to an end in the second period as the Vees scored a total of five goals in the span of five minutes.

The Cranbrook Bucks were the first to get on the scoreboard however, with Leibl snapping a shot past the glove side of McEachern at the 2:20 mark of the middle frame.

The onslaught of Vees goals began at the 4:25 mark of the period, with Ryan Upson putting one past the blocker side of Thomson with his second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

Ben Wozney followed with a goal at the 5:33 mark of the second. Wozney saw the puck come back to him at the midpoint as he fired a seeing-eye shot through traffic past the blocker side of Thomson for his second goal of the season.

Richter was able to extend the Vees advantage to a 3-1 margin at the 6:37 mark of the middle stanza with his second goal of the season, going off his backhand to beat Thomson on the glove side.

A power play goal from Luc Wilson collected his team-leading seventh goal of the season at the 8:06 mark, with Jacob Quillan spotted Wilson in the slot with a pass as he snapped a shot past the blocker side of Thomson to give the vees a three goal lead.

The second goal of the game from Upson pushed the Vees ahead by a 5-1 margin and capped off the stretch of five goals in a span of 4:23 on a two-on-one, pushing it past the blocker side of Thomson heading into the third period.

Bottini earned his second goal of the season on the glove side of Thomson at the 16:29 mark, taking a puck that bounced off the left post to give Penticton a 6-1 lead.

Upson capped off his four-point night with his first career BC Hockey League hat-trick at the 18:08 of the final frame, with a goal past the glove side of Thomson for his fourth of the season to give Penticton a late 7-1 lead.

Kaleb McEachern, for his second straight start, turned aside 20 of the 21 shots thrown his way in his second win of the season while Jay Thomson stopped 31 of the 38 shots he faced in the game in his second loss of the season.

The Vees will be back to get some revenge on the Trail Smoke Eaters after falling in the teams’ last head-to-head matchup in their fifth game of the season series on Saturday night with the puck drop set for 6 p.m.

Make it three straight for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks over the West Kelowna Warriors

Apes have Warriors number

The West Kelowna Warriors would probably prefer not to see the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, the future is Sunday.

The Silverbacks snapped a 3-3 tie with goals two-and-a-half minutes apart midway through the third, then held on for a 6-4 victory Thursday afternoon at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

It was their third straight win over the Warriors inside the Vernon pod.

Riley Sharun and Tyler Cristall on the power play, Cameron Hicklin and Carter Wilkie even strength, scored the goals for the Warriors.

West Kelowna trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes before mounting a spirited comeback in the second.

After Hicklin banged home his fifth, Cristall wired in a shot with 65 seconds left in the period to draw the Warriors even.

In between, Johnny Derrick made at least a half dozen key saves to keep the Warriors close.

Phillipe Jacques on a breakaway following a turnover and Noah Serdachny with his second, shorthanded, restored the two goal lead.

Wilkie brought the Warriors to within a goal with two minutes left, but an empty netter with Derrick on the bench for an extra attacker sealed the victory for the Silverbacks.

The Warriors will face Vernon Friday night before against taking on Salmon Arm Sunday.

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