West Kelowna Warriors lost fifth straight in Trail

Warrior comeback fell short

The West Kelowna Warriors nearly dug themselves out of a huge hole Friday night in Trail.

However, their comeback from a 4-0 deficit fell a goal short in a 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Smoke Eaters.

Trail jumped all over the Warriors early, building the 4-0 lead before the game was 11 minutes old.

They chased starter Johnny Derrick from the net just 3:09 into the contest after Cody Schiavon and Tyler Ghirardosi staked the home side to a 2-0 lead.

Derrick had already faced five shots before being replaced by Brock Baier.

Baier didn't far much better initially, giving up goals to Phillipe Lapointe on a power play and Ghirardosi's second.

John Evans got one back before the end of the first, then cut the deficit to two midway through the second.

Brendan Pigeon brought the Warriors to within one less than a minute after Evans' second, but, with half the game still to be played, both goaltenders slammed the door shut the rest of the way.

Tyler Cristall picked up a pair of assists in the defeat.

The Warriors took a pair of penalties in the latter stages of the game, preventing them from mounting much of a late-game charge.

Trail outshot the Warriors 42-26 on the evening.

The Warriors return home Saturday to host the Wenatchee Wild on Teddy Bear Toss night.

Stuffed animals collected during the evening will be donated to Mamas for Mamas.

Fans are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

Face off Saturday is 6 p.m.

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