Kelowna Rockets have reassigned Deegan Mofford to Warriors

Warriors add WHL forward

The West Kelowna Warriors have added 18-year-old forward Deegan Mofford to their roster.

Mofford Monday was reassigned to the to the Warriors by the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets.

The native of Rocky Mountain House, Alta. suited up in just two games with the Rockets this season, . He was held without a point during that span.

In three seasons previous with the Midget AAA Red Deer Chiefs, Mofford scored 43 goals and 85 points in 98 regular season games.

He added four goals and 10 points in 12 playoff games.

“I’m very excited to meet the management, players and the fans in West Kelowna”, said Mofford, who was taken in the third round, 45th overall in the 2016 bantam draft.

“I cannot wait to see what the future brings with the Warriors organization.”

“We look forward to adding Deegan to our lineup. Deegan is a big power forward that can create offence for our group and he is excited to get started here in West Kelowna," said Warriors head coach Brandon West.

Mofford and the Warriors continue a long string of seven straight on the road Saturday in Prince George. They travel to Surrey a week Wednesday before finally returning home to host the Wenatchee Wild Friday, Nov. 22.

It will mark the Warrriors first home date in nearly a month.


Warriors island trip ends with loss in Cowichan

Warriors skid reaches 7

The West Kelowna Warriors are heading back home still looking for answers.

The Warriors dropped both games on an Island Division road trip, dropping a 6-2 decision in Cowichan Valley Sunday afternoon.

The trip was cut short by one game, after Saturday's tilt in Port Alberni was postponed due to problems with the rink.

That game will be made up at a later date.

Sunday's defeat was the Warriors seventh in a row, and the sixth straight game in which they have surrendered at least the first two goals.

Cowichan built up a 4-0 lead with a pair of goals in the opening period, and two more before the second was eight minutes old.

Brendan Pigeon got one back with a power play marker with less than 10 seconds to go in the second, then Max Bukawka gave the life with his sixth three minutes into the third.

They were unable to get to within a goal despite a power play later in the third.

Cowichan put the game out of reach with goals late in the third.

The game featured a couple of fights and 92 penalty minutes. Cowichan went two for seven with the man advantage while the Warriors scored once in their seven chances.

The Warriors string of seven straight away from home concludes with games Saturday in Prince George and a week Wednesday in Surrey.

They finally return home to host Wenatchee Nov. 22 and Salmon Arm Nov. 23.

Vernon Vipers lose back to back games against Trail Smoke Eaters

Vipers lose back to back

It's been a tough weekend for the Vernon Vipers, as they lose back to back games against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Vernon dropped both games on the road, 5-2 on Friday night and 3-2 last night.

The Vipers had a 2-1 lead heading into the third, but Tyler Ghirardosi buried two goals in the final frame that put the Smoke Eaters on top.

Cameron MacDonald and Matt Kowalski scored for Vernon in the loss.

The Vipers look to get back on track Wednesday night when they hit the road to take on the Prince George Spruce Kings. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.


The West Kelowna Warriors fell 2-1 in Powell River Friday

Warriors offence dries up

The West Kelowna Warriors offensive woes continued Friday in the opening game of a three-game Island Division road trip.

The Warriors managed just a single goal in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Powell River Kings, a team that has had their own troubles of late finding the back of the net.

The Warriors have scored just eight goals during a six-game losing streak. They were shutout twice during that span, and needed Jacob Brockman's first BCHL goal with less than eight minutes to go to avoid being shutout in back-to-back games.

Powell River built up a 2-0 lead with goals in each of the first two periods.

Nic Porchetta got the home side on the board 14 minutes into the opening period before Hunter McCoy doubled the lead, beating Johnny Derrick early in the second.

That's all the offence they would get, or need.

The Warriors pushed for the tying goal after Brockman cut the deficit to one, but were unable to find the equalizer.

The road trip continues for the Warriors Saturday in Alberni Valley and Sunday in Cowichan Valley.

West Kelowna Warriors begin a 3-game road trip Friday

Warriors hit the road again

The West Kelowna Warriors extended road trip continues with a tough three-game trip through the Island Division.

The trip begins Friday in Powell River before making stops in Port Alberni Saturday and Duncan Sunday afternoon.

The three-game trip is part of a string of seven straight away from home.

The Warriors dropped the opening two games, falling 8-2 in Trail and 4-1 in Coquitlam last Friday.

They have now lost five in a row, picking up just a single point from a shootout loss to Trail over that span.

The Warriors head into Powell River to face a Kings team that has dropped two in a row, both shutout losses to division rivals Nanaimo and Alberni Valley.

Despite their recent struggles, the Warriors remain sixth in the Interior Division, five points better than the seventh place Merritt Centennials.

The Warriors are expected to be without forward Parm Dhaliwal and defenceman Jake Harrison, both on the injured list, and forward Rob Christy who is no longer listed on the team's roster.

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