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Luke Devlin scored the game winner as the Warriors put an end to their losing streak

Warriors snap 4 game skid

The West Kelowna Warriors are back in the win column.

Luke Devlin snapped a 3-3 tie with a power play goal six minutes into the third period and the Warriors held on for a 4-3 victory over the Spruce Kings in Prince George Saturday evening.

The goal was his third of the season.

The teams were deadlocked 2-2 after one period and 3-3 after 40 minutes.

Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero opened the scoring two minutes into the game then, after the Spruce Kings turned the tables with power play goals 46 seconds apart, Riley Sharun tied it with his second of the season.

Defenceman Kaiden Schaupmeyer, called up to aid the Warriors depleted blue line picked up his first career BCHL point, an assist on Sharun's goal.

Prince George native Aiden Reeves restored the Warriors lead just 15 seconds into the middle frame before Jake Schneider scored his second of the night to tie it five minutes later.

Justin Katz turned away 27 shots to earn the victory.

Saturday's win moves the Warriors back into a second place tie with the Spruce Kings in the Interior Conference.

The Warriors are off until Friday night when they entertain the Vernon Vipers on Teddy Bear Toss night.



Toss a teddy at a West Kelowna Warriors game

Warriors Teddy Bear Toss

The West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Club is hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss game next week.

The special game will take place Friday, Dec. 2 against the Vernon Vipers at Royal LePage Place.

The Teddy Bear Toss game is a fan favourite and helps different areas of the community in providing stuffies to places that need them most.

This season, the teddy bears will be distributed around West Kelowna, including approximately 80 bears that will head to seniors centres in the community.

The rest will be donated to the Toy Mountain event that runs from Thursday, Dec. 8 to Saturday, Dec. 10 at Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna.

For the second consecutive season, Kelowna Ford Lincoln will sponsor the night and will be bringing trucks to collect the bears following the Warriors first goal of the game.

Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used stuffed animals wrapped in plastic to throw on the ice.

“We are looking forward to one of our most exciting games of the year,” said Warriors President Chris Laurie.

“We are spreading the stuffed animals around to various beneficiaries this year to increase the positive impact. There will also be bears available at the game by donation. It should be a really fun event.”

The Warriors (12-5-2-0) are back in action with a trip up north as they will get set for a weekend of games against the Prince George Spruce Kings (12-6-1-1) that begins on Friday night at the Kopar Memorial Arena.

Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Friday with the game being broadcasted live on AM 1150 as well as streamed online on BCHLTV.ca.



Penticton Vees extend their season win streak to 22 games with a win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Vees keep the wins coming

A hat trick and near shot-out victory extended the Penticton Vees season win streak to 22 games, earning a 7-1 victory over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Friday at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.

Jackson Nieuwendyk recorded his second career hat-trick in the win and was named the first star. Spencer Smith, Frank Djurasevic and both Nadeau brothers also scored. Ethan Mann and Brett Moravec each had two assists. Six of the Vees’ seven goals were scored at even strength.

Luca Di Pasquo was less than four minutes away from his second shutout, but still picked up his 16th win and was very sharp, as he stopped 21 of 22 shots fired his way.

It was a scoreless first period, but Penticton scored four times in the second to make up for it. Spencer Smith had the first goal just before the five-minute mark, before being followed by goals from Frank Djurasevic and Jackson Nieuwendyk, who scored 41 seconds apart.

Josh Nadeau made it 4-0 near the midway point of the period, taking a loose puck in the crease after a shoot-in from centre ice bounced out in front and settled in the net.

Just 10 seconds into the third period, Bradly Nadeau followed up his brother's goal with his own to make it 5-0. Brett Moravec dropped the puck to Bradly's right of the opening face-off and his one-timer found the top corner.

Nieuwendyk grabbed his second of the night five minutes into the last period when he took a puck from a Bulldog behind their net and quickly stuffed it inside the far post on a wraparound.

Alberni Valley spoiled Di Pasquo’s shutout bid with a power play goal by Matt Kursonis at to make it 6-1. But the Vees answered right back.

Nieuwendyk scored his third goal, on the power play, with just 31 seconds left in play to put the Vees up 7-1. The 20-year-old put the puck under the goalie’s glove from the face-off circle.

The Vees next game is Saturday night against the Powell River Kings at 7 p.m.



Prince George take over 2nd place in Interior Conference with victory over Warriors

Warriors drop 4th straight

The West Kelowna Warriors losing streak has reached a season-high four games.

The Prince George Spruce Kings Friday scored late in the second and early in the third, then hung on for a 2-1 victory over the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games in the northern city.

The Warriors managed just 16 shots on Spruce Kings netminder Jordan Fairlie, including only two in the final period as Prince George shut things down once they gained the lead.

Jaiden Moriello got the Warriors on the board first with his team-leading 12th of the season. It was the only puck they would get past Fairlie on the night.

Austin Fraser beat Justin Katz with 68 seconds left in the second, then scored his second of the night 42 seconds into the third with the Warriors down a man.

The defence took over the rest of the night.

The Spruce Kings scored once on their four power plays while the Warriors went scoreless on their four opportunities.

The win vaulted Prince George into sole possession of second in the Interior Conference, two points up on the Warriors.

West Kelowna get a chance to even the score when the two teams meet again Saturday night in Prince George.



Penticton Vees' win streak up to 21 with a triumph over Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Vees hot streak continues

The Penticton Vees earned their 21st straight win with a come-from-behind victory against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The game kicked off with a 2-0 first period deficit for the Vees, as CJ Foley and Jayden Grier scored Salmon Arm.

The Vees started to come back in the second period when Josh Nadeau scored on the power play at 2:34.

Salmon Arm replied with a power play goal from Ethan Ullrick ten minutes later, once again gaining their two goal advantage midway through the frame.

Penticton then got back-to-back power plays late in the second period and got back-to-back goals from Bradly Nadeau. Bradly made it 3-2 coming on a 5-on-3 power play, then his second during an extender man advantage, after the Silverbacks were handed a four-minute high-sticking penalty.

Aydar Suniev scored his two goals in the third period, with his first on another Vees’ power play. Bradly fired a cross-ice pass over to Suniev for the one-timer.

His next goal put the game away, firing on a breakaway with five minutes to go. Thomas Pichette used a lob pass down ice from his own end to spring Suniev on the breakaway, for a final score of 5-3.

The Vees' next game will take place on Friday, Nov. 26 against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at 7 p.m.



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