Warriors fall to Victoria in shootout in key playoff battle

Warriors let point get away

The West Kelowna Warriors let a crucial two points slip through their fingers Tuesday when they kicked off a three game island trip in Victoria.

Trailing the Grizzlies by four points in the race for playoff positioning, the Warriors gave up a late third period goal, then gave up the lone goal in a shootout, falling 5-4 in Victoria.

The point leaves the Warriors five back of the Grizzlies, but just three behind the Prince George Spruce Kings.

All three teams are in a battle to avoid the bottom seed and a playoff date with Interior Division leading Penticton.

The Warriors led the seesaw battle on three different occasions, holding leads of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3 late in the game.

But, a goal from Brady MacDonald with 69 seconds left in regulation time sent the game into overtime.

Neither team scored in the five minute three-on-three overtime period, setting up a shootout.

Vincent Nardone beat Johnny Derrick with the lone goal of the shootout to give the Grizzlies the victory.

The Warriors can thank Derrick for getting them into the overtime period.

Derrick stopped penalty shots in the first and third period, the latter preserving a one-goal lead.

Tyler Cristall with a pair, Skyler Cameron and Brendan Pigeon all scored for the Warriors.

The goal for Cameron was his first in the BCHL.

Derrick stopped 26 shots, while the Warriors peppered Liam Souliere with 39 shots.

The Warriors now head to Nanaimo for a date with the Clippers before closing out the trip in Port Alberni Thursday.

That game was rescheduled after the original game was postponed due to problems with the arena in Port Alberni.

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