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Warriors fall to Kings

An eventful road trip for the West Kelowna Warriors finally came to an end - they hope - in Powell River Monday night.

The Warriors and Powell River Kings met up in a game originally scheduled for Saturday as the middle part of a three-game road trip.

However, high winds forced cancellation of ferry service between Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast, prompting the game to be moved to Monday.

And, while the Warriors got off to the start they were looking for, it wasn't enough in a 5-4 loss to the Kings.

Chase Dubois got the Warriors on the board before the game was two minutes old. But, they had trouble sustaining the momentum, and fell back over the final portions of the first and through the second period.

Powell River scored four unanswered goals, including a pair of power play markers in the second period to grab a 4-1 lead after 40.

the Warriors came out flying in the third and, by the four minute mark, had pulled to within a goal.

Willie Reim's 23rd just 80 seconds into the period, and a power play tally from Wyatt Head two-and-a-half minutes later brought the Warriors to 4-3.

They controlled play for much of the next six or seven minutes, but a goal from Matthew Byrne, against the run of play, halted their momentum.

A late power play gave them some life, but the Warriors were unable to capitalize.

Mike Hardman was able to cut the deficit to one with four seconds left, but it was too little, too late.

The loss left the Warriors sixth in the Interior Division, a point behind Vernon and two back of Salmon Arm. Trail is just five back with five games left to play.

Of greater concern for the Warriors is getting home.

The latest storm hitting the coast forced BC Ferries to cancel many of their late sailings Monday night. It's not known whether they will run in the morning Tuesday.

Their three-day road trip is now heading into day five.

If all goes well, the Warriors will get a chance to stop off at home, grab some clean clothes, then begin the trek up north for a Thursday night affair with the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Then, it's back home to face the Vernon Vipers Saturday.



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