West Kelowna Warrior forward commits to US college

Wilkie commits to RIT

West Kelowna Warriors forward Carter Wilkie has determined the next step in his hockey journey.

The 20-year-old has committed to Rochester Institute of Technology beginning in the fall of 2021.

Wilkie, who joined the Warriors as part of a trade with Chilliwack last season, has 15 goals and 16 assists in 40 games with the club.

“Carter was a great leader for us in the second half of last year," said head coach Simon Ferguson.

"We are excited to see him further his hockey career and education at a great school like RIT. I am excited to see what Carter brings to the Warriors in what is his final year of junior hockey.”

Wilkie, touted as the best player in the league without a college commitment, admits it's been quote a journey to get to this point.

“It feels amazing to be committed. It’s something I’ve worked hard for and finally got. It was a long process but I’m grateful and appreciate everyone along the way who helped me," said Wilkie.

“RIT is a great program. The coaching staff had some really good conversations with my family, making my decision that much easier. I have some old teammates that play there now and have nothing but good things to say about the school. It came down to where I felt the most comfortable.”

He also thanked his family for helping him to become the player he is today.

Wilkie and the Warriors are enjoying a break from the Okanagan Cup pre-season tournament.

They'll wrap up the double round robin with back-to-back games with Salmon Arm Nov. 6 and 7.

West Kelowna Warriors edged Vernon 4-3 in OT Saturday

Warriors extra time sweep

The West Kelowna Warriors and Vernon Vipers got a sense of deja vu Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.

The BCHL Interior Division rivals played a near carbon-copy of Friday's tilt at Kal Tire Place.

The only difference, the venue, and the amount of extra time needed for the Warriors to skate away with a 4-3 victory.

As was the case Friday, the teams were tied 1-1 when the Vipers broke the game open with a pair of goals to skate into the dressing room after one with a 3-1 lead.

Vernon jumped on top just 108 seconds in. Will Arquiett held onto the puck on a two-on-one and, using his linemate as a decoy, beat Cole Schwebius with a top shelf backhand.

Matthew Stienburg tied it moments later on a goal in which Carter Wilkie did all the work.

Wilkie charged down the right wing, circled behind the net and spotted Stienburg in front for the tying goal.

Former Warrior Max Bulawka and Reagan Milburn scored before the midway mark of the period to put Vernon up two after one.

As they did Friday, the Warriors came out and dominated much of the middle frame.

They were finally rewarded when John Evans banged home a rebound from the right circle just as a Vernon penalty expired.

The Warriors lost the services of Stienburg moments later when he engaged 6'5" Hunter Donohoe in a spirited fight after Donohoe had drilled Stienburg from behind into the boards.

Elan Bar Lev Wise tie it on the ensuing power play, tapping home a loose puck in the crease.

The goaltenders took over the rest of the way, forcing the game into overtime.

Just 42 seconds into three-on-three overtime, and with the Warriors on a change, John Evans went in one-on-three, and snapped a quick shot from the left circle past Vernon netminder Kobe Grant.

The Vipers outshot the Warriors 40-35 on the evening.

The game was also the Warriors breast cancer awareness night. The team raised $2,500 for the BC Cancer Foundation, an amount that was matched by Total Restoration for a final donation of $5,000.

“What a fantastic event! We raised $5,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation and win a heck of a hockey game. Thank you to all the Warriors fans for supporting the cause," said Warriors president Chris Laurie.

Penticton Vees take first loss against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night

Vees face first loss

The Penticton Vees lost for the first time in the Okanagan Cup battle after nine straight wins. The team had a 4-2 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday night at the Shaw Centre.  

The Silverbacks scored one right away just 43 seconds into the game, taking a 1-0 lead over the Vees. Drew Bennett grabbed the puck at the top of the crease on a rebound and slid the puck past the blocker side of Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets.

Salmon Arm continued their lead with another goal in the first period past the nine minute mark with Carter Loney scored and got the lead to double. The lead continued with a third goal in net at the 15 minute mark with Bennett tallying his second goal of the contest.

The Vees got the first goal late in the first period with just 11 seconds remaining. Luc Wilson accepted the pass on his forehand before moving to his backhand and get it past goaltender Riley Kohonick on the blocker side for his fourth goal of the Okanagan Cup.

Vee’s goalkeeper Kaeden Lane came on in the second period for the Vees, replacing Perets in the Penticton crease. Lane made 10 saves on 10 shots in the middle period. 

Ryan Upson caught onto the loose puck and made a quick move before lifting a shot over the glove side of Kohonick at the 10 minutes into the second period Penticton got back within a goal.  

Many close scoring chances in the third period with the Vees working hard to get into the offensive zone. 

Joaquim Lemay got in on a power play, scoring with 5 minutes remaining in the third as Salmon Arm took a 4-2 lead, an advantage they would not give up. 

Perets started the game for the Vees, making five saves on eight shots in the opening period and suffered his first loss of the Okanagan Cup. Lane came on in the second and turned aside 16 of the 17 shots he faced. Silverback Kohonick made 30 saves on 32 shots in the net, earning his second victory of the tournament.  

The Vees will take a week off from games and return to the ice for their final weekend of Okanagan Cup before the semifinals as they face-off against the Vernon Vipers on Nov. 6 at Kal Tire Place. 

Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m. with the game available with a FREE audio stream at mixlr.com/pentictonvees as well as on pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com. 

Penticton Vees take ninth win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday night

Vees take home ninth win

It was a close call for the Penticton Vees on Friday night, breaking the tie game with just three minutes remaining in the final period to bring home their ninth consecutive win on Friday night. Facing off again the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the South Okanagan Events Centre with a final score of 3-2. 

The Silverbacks managed to nab the first goal of the game in the first period around six minutes in. Mat Bourgault got a shot past the goaltender Yaniv Perets. The Vees didn’t tie the game up until the second period. 

Captain Fin Williams got a goal two minutes into the period, for his third Okanagan Cup goal and his second in as many games to tie the score at 1-1. The Vees' strong offense continued when Jacob Quillan got in the second goal of the game with his second goal of the tournament. 

But Salmon Arm was quick to tie up the game, when Drew Bennett used a shot blocked by Perets, then rebounded and slid it past him on the blocker side with a 2-2 tie.  

The rest of the period continued with the Vees pushing shots on net and keeping the puck in the offensive end but the tie remained. 

In the third period, the Vees tried to score again in a pair of power plays, taking pucks to the front of the net but Goaltender Riley Kohonick stood tall in the final period.

In the game winning goal, Quinn Hutson collected the puck below the goal line and sent a pass behind the goal to Jackson Niedermayer. He came flying through the middle of the ice and scored a puck over the glove shoulder of Kohonick for his sixth goal of the Okanagan Cup.

Perets made two big saves in the final period, turning aside 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the hockey game to earn his sixth win of the tournament. Silverback Kohonick stopped 23 shots of the 26 fired his way in his fifth loss of the Okanagan Cup.  

The final score was 3-2 for the Vees, who will finish their four-game Okanagan Cup tournament series Saturday night as they face off at the Shaw Centre in the Shuswap. 

Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m. with the game available with a FREE audio stream at mixlr.com/pentictonvees as well as on pay-per-view at HockeyTV.com.

West Kelowna Warriors raising money for breast cancer awareness during game Saturday

Warriors fight breast cancer

The West Kelowna Warriors are doing their part to bring awareness to breast cancer.

During the Shaw TV broadcast of the Warriors game against the Vernon Vipers Saturday night, the team, and Total Restoration, will be selling exclusive breast cancer hoodies.

All profits will go toward the BC Cancer Foundation in the Central Okanagan.

If the Warriors win, Total Restoration has agreed to match all donations.

“We are very excited to be able to deliver a charity game even without fans permitted in the building. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we certainly want to do our part.” said Warriors president Chris Laurie. 

“Feel free to view the hoodies on our website or call our office during the game and speak with one of our staff. We’d like to raise over $3,000 from this event.” 

Hoodies can be purchased from the Warriors online store, or by calling the office during the game at 250-769-7051.

If the hoodies aren’t your style, you can still make a stand-alone donation through the online store.

A running total of funds raised will be kept throughout the game.

“The BC Cancer Foundation is grateful for the support of the West Kelowna Warriors and our community raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research in the Interior through this initiative. We look forward to Saturday’s puck drop when the Warriors and Vipers face-off and take a shot to break down cancer,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.

The game starts at 7 Saturday and can be viewed on Shaw TV or through hockeytv.com.

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