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Penticton complete a weekend sweep, dumping West Kelowna 6-0

Vees sweep away Warriors

The Penticton Vees remain perfect through eight games of the Okanagan Cup.

The Vees completed a weekend sweep of the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday with a 6-0 shutout.

Penticton dominated the shorthanded Warriors throughout the weekend, outscoring their division rival 13-3.

Yaniv Perets turned away 29 shots for his second shutout of the exhibition tournament.

None of those were bigger than the six he made during a five-minute Warriors power play as West Kelowna continues to struggle to score with the man advantage.

The Warriors trailed 2-0 at the time, and generated chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.

It was their best opportunity to get back into the game.

The Vees led 2-0 after one. Jackson Niedermayer continued his hot weekend, burying a rebound behind third netminder Jay Thomson. The initial shot was blocked by a defenceman before the rebound fell to Niedermayer in the slot.

Matteo Costantini made it 2-0 just five seconds into the Vees first power play of the night. Costantini took a pass near the top of the left faceoff circle and wired a wrist shot to the far side past Thomson.

Thomson was pressed into action Saturday after the Warriors with top two goaltenders Johnny Derrick and Zach Bennett out with injuries.

Robbie Paialunga was brought in from the KIJHL Kelowna Chiefs to serve as the emergency backup.

Stefano Bottini deflected a shot from outside the crease minutes after the major penalty expired to up the lead the three.

Fin Williams and Ryan Upson scored less than two minutes apart late in the period to put the game out of reach.

Devlin O'Brien rounded out the scoring in the third.

The game deteriorated somewhat late in the contest as 10 players were ejected following a skirmish behind the Penticton net with 90 seconds left in the game.

New BCHL rules around COVID-19 allow for misconduct penalties to be called for incidents after the whistle, as the league tries to limit contact between players.

Zach Brooks of the Warriors and Tristan Amonte of the Vees wound up in an aggressive wrestling match after the final whistle. Amonte got involved after he was hit hard into the boards as the game came to an end.

The Warriors only dressed five defencemen for the game.

Rookie Charles-Alexis Legault was scratched after he was injured during the first period of Friday's contest.

The Warriors, 3-4-0-1, face the Vernon Vipers next weekend while the Vees will face Salmon Arm.



Penticton erupted for five unanswered second period goals in a 7-3 victory over West Kelowna

Vees roll over Warriors

The West Kelowna Warriors squandered a strong first period - their best by far of the Okanagan Cup exhibition series.

They moved the puck quickly, used their speed, and crisp, clean breakouts, but fell apart over the final 40 minutes, losing 7-3 to the visiting Penticton Vees Friday at Royal LePage Place.

Trailing 1-0 after the first, the Vees caught fire early, scoring goals 69 seconds apart in the second - part of a six-goal that put the game out of reach.

"We had a good first period, the after that, we got fancy," said head coach Simon Ferguson during a brief post-game interview.

"They played the same game. We did not. We changed the way we played and got real fancy and happy.

"We learned from a team that's really good...they just play consistent."

Carter Wilkie got the Warriors on the board with the only goal of the first. He banged home a rebound during a sequence in which the Warriors buzzed around goaltender Kaeden Lane for close to a minute before being rewarded.

Things turned late in the period when first speedy defenceman Charles-Alexis Legault, then starting goaltender Johnny Derrick left the game with injuries.

Ferguson was unable to provide any updates following the game.

Derrick, who stopped all 11 shots he faced, was able to return to the bench, but didn't see the ice again. Zach Bennett took over, allowing all seven goals on 21 shots.

The Warriors started the second with a lengthy power play, but it was the Vees who struck. Just 16 seconds after leaving the penalty box, Jackson Niedermayer helped create a turnover that led to Jason Marsella's first of the exhibition tournament off a rebound.

A little more than a minute later, Niedermayer got one of his own, tipping home a centering pass on a Vees power play.

Niedermayer put Penticton up two on another power play, jamming the puck home during a wild scramble in front of Bennett.

The Warriors argued Niedermayer pushed Bennett and the puck across the goal line, but to no avail.

Former Warrior Ryan Upson and Owen Murray on another power play closed out the second period scoring.

any hopes the Warriors had of a third period comeback were dashed two minutes in when Tyler Ho, while killing a penalty, stole the puck deep in the Warriors end. His initial shot missed the net, but the rebound came back to the side of the crease, where Ho banged it past Bennett.

Jacob Quillan also scored for Penticton in the third, sandwiched between a pair of goals from Matthew Steinburg.

Several players from both teams were sent to the showers following Steinburg's second goal after a skirmish broke out behind the Penticton net.

Three Warriors and two Vees were handed misconducts for their part in the dust up.

The Vees remain perfect during the Okanagan Cup, sitting with a 7-0 record. The Warriors fell to 3-3-0-1.

The two teams hook up again Saturday night at the SOEC.



Special teams power Warrior past Salmon Arm Saturday

Warriors bump mini slump

It's said it's not how many, but when that matters most.

It was that way with the West Kelowna Warriors power play Saturday night in Salmon Arm.

After going 0-4 on their first four opportunities with the man advantage, the power play struck hen it was needed most.

Tied 2-2 midway through the third, John Evans, from the top of the right circle spotted Deegan Mofford parked in front of the Salmon Arm net.

Mofford deflected a bullet pass past Riley Kohonick for what proved to be the game winner in a 3-2 victory.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak, moving the Warriors to 3-2-0-1 at the midway point of the 12-game Okanagan Cup.

It was a much different Warriors team than the one head coach Simon Ferguson described as having "too many passengers," Friday night.

Felix Trudeau opened the scoring for the Warriors with his third of the exhibition tournament four minutes into the game. Trudeau came in late on a two-on-two and wired home a hard shot from the slot after Charles-Alexis Legault found him trailing the play.

Salmon Arm got that one back early in the second, but just 39 seconds later, Matthew Steinburg buried his first, deflecting home a centering pass from Nick Ardenaz. The puck appeared to go off Steinburg's stick, then his leg before beating Kohonick.

Drew Bennett beat Johnny Derrick on a breakaway nine minutes into the third, paving the way for Mofford's game winner minutes later.

Derrick was sharp, especially in the third, when he turned away 11 shots, including several good chances late in the third.

The Warriors penalty kill was also sharp Saturday, killing all six penalties they were assessed, including four in the opening period.

The Warriors will face Penticton again next weekend. The teams play Friday at Royal LePage Place, then again Saturday in Penticton.



Salmon Arm edged West Kelowna Warriors 5-4 Friday at RLP

Backs take out Warriors

Too many passengers, too many individuals.

That was the assessment of West Kelowna Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson of his team's game in a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday at Royal LePage Place.

It was a far cry from the effort given by the team a week ago in a pair of thrilling games against the high-flying Penticton Vees.

"They were a hungrier team. They outworked us for periods of time but, in saying that, we outworked them for period of time," said Ferguson.

"They got the bounces and we didn't, but we had far too many passengers."

After the Warriors dominated with a few early power play chances they were unable to convert, the Silverbacks jumped on a juicy giveaway, worked the puck to the slot where Drew Bennett wired home a one-timer past Jay Thomson, who was getting his first start of the exhibition tournament.

Wyllum Deveaux tied it near the end of the period with a deft deflection at the edge of the crease on the Warriors fifth power play of a penalty-filled opening period.

Salmon Arm grabbed all the momentum early in the second, scoring goals two minutes apart to take a two goal lead.

Simon Tassy deflected home a backdoor pass on a Silverbacks power play just 22 seconds into the period before Danny Ciccarello notched his first of three, beating Thomson five-hole after a gorgeous power move off the left wing.

Charles -Alexis Legeault and Ciccarello with his second traded goals later in the period. Ciccarello's second midway through the period spelled the end of the night for Thomson, who allowed four goals on 15 shots.

Ciccarello completed the hat trick early in the third beat Zach Bennett with what proved to be the game winner.

The Warriors made a game of it as Carter Wilkie on a power play and Deveaux with his second with four minutes to go cut the deficit to one.

But, they were unable to find the equalizer.

"They (Salmon Arm) had a tough first weekend, but when you score that first goal and you score the second goal it gives you a lot momentum and a lot of energy on the other side.

"It makes guys do things they wouldn't normally do because they're pressing and they're trying to take over games themselves when that's not the way you do it. You work as a team."

The loss was the Warriors third straight, as their record in the Okanagan Cup falls to 2-2-0-1.

They close out the home-and-home in Salmon Arm Saturday.



West Kelowna Warriors to battle Salmon Arm in weekend set

Warriors battle Silverbacks

The West Kelowna Warriors look to bounce back into the win column Friday night when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the first of a home-and-home weekend series.

The Warriors return to action after a pair of heartbreaking 3-2 defeats at the hands of Penticton last weekend, the second loss in a shootout.

They hit the ice with a 2-1-0-1 record in the pre season Okanagan Cup, while the Silverbacks come in 0-2. They haven't played in two weeks after a pair of lopsided losses to Penticton two weekends ago.

Minus two of their veterans in the second game last weekend, John Evans took it upon himself to carry the offensive load, scoring a pair of goals including the Warriors first power play marker of the tournament.

With 24 players on the active roster, including 15 forwards, Warriors head coach Simon Ferguson has shaken things up through the first four games, dressing different lineups and mixing up the lines.

He's expected to do that again this weekend, conscious of the health and fatigue of some players who had limited ice time prior to the start of the tournament.

The Silverbacks meantime are expected to be ready to go after the coaching staff publicly admitted the team was not ready to compete in dropping 7-0 and 8-2 losses to Penticton.

Saturday's game in Salmon Arm will be shown on Shaw TV.

The Warriors will again face Penticton and Vernon in upcoming weekends, before taking the Halloween weekend off.

The semi finals and final of the Okanagan Cup will be held Nov. 13 and 14.

The BCHL is hoping to begin its regular season in early December with, or without fans.



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