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West Kelowna breakout of a goal scoring skid, putting up seven in Merritt Wednesday

Warriors snap mini-slump

The West Kelowna Warriors climbed back into the win column Wednesday.

Coming off back-to-back losses, and scoring just once in the process, the Warriors put up a converted touchdown Wednesday in a 7-1 triumph in Merritt.

Captain Elan Bar Lev Wise, centering what may be the team's new number one line, led the way with a career-high five point night.

Bar Lev Wise picked up the hat trick and added a pair of assists. The line, with newcomer Christoph Farmer and Felix Trudeau chipped in with 11 points on the night.

Trudeau had two goals and an assist while Farmer picked up three assists, his first points in a Warrior uniform since coming over from the Quebec Major Junior League at the trade deadline.

Tyler Cristall had a goal and an assist while Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero also scored for the Warriors. Tyson Jugnauth had three assists on the night.

The power play, which has struggled to score of late, connected when it mattered most.

Leading 1-0 on a shorthanded effort from Van Houtte-Cachero, the power play clicked on its first two chances in the opening period to build a 3-0 lead.

They scored three more at even strength in the second before cruising home in the third.

"I thought it was OK," head coach Simon Ferguson said following the game.

"We made some smarter plays in the zone, but I thought there was a lot of hope and a lot of cheating.

"I thought we actually gave them too many odd-man rushes."

The lone puck to get by Justin Katz was a power play goal from Jacksenn Hungle midway through the second.

The Warriors finally return home for the first time in three weeks this coming weekend.

They'll host Wenatchee Saturday night and the Cranbrook Bucks Sunday afternoon.

Ferguson says the team will need to up its work ethic in order to be successful this weekend.

"Goals don't come without working hard," he said.

Sunday's game is the second Hockey Day in West Kelowna. Kids under 18 wearing a hockey jersey will be admitted free.

Faceoff Sunday is 2:30.



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