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Warriors complete weekend sweep, beating Vernon 4-1

Warriors sweep by Vipers

A big weekend for the West Kelowna Warriors, who aim to do more than just squeak into the BC Hockey League playoffs.

The Warriors completed a sweep of back-to-back games with the Vernon Vipers, a 4-1 win at Kal Tire Place Saturday.

It was the Warriors third win in four games and sixth in their last eight.

The win came at a key point in the season, as the Warriors try to chase down both Victoria and Prince George, while playing eight of their final 11 away from Royal LePage Place.

Riley Morgan was a big story for the Warriors. The 19-year-old goaltender, acquired at the trade deadline two weeks ago, made just his second start of the season, and first for the Warriors.

He was named the game's first star after turning away 30 of 31 shots. The lone blemish, Logan Cash's fourth of the season late in the second.

The goal pulled the Vipers to within a goal, but Morgan kept the Vipers at bay throughout the final period.

Brendan Pigeon, with a rare power play goal of late, got the Warriors on the board in the opening period.

Deegan Mofford made it 2-0 midway through the second.

The goaltenders too over until late in the third when John Evans iced it with a pair of shorthanded empty net goals.

Evans has seven goals and 12 points during the Warriors eight-game run.

The Warriors are nine clear of Merritt and just four behind both Victoria and Prince George, who will most likely slide into the Interior Division for post season play.

They play both over the next seven days.

The Warriors kick off a three game island road trip Tuesday in Victoria. After stops in Nanaimo and Port Alberni, they'll return home to host Prince George.



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