Warriors thump Apes

The West Kelowna Warriors ran their home-ice winning streak to five Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Royal LePage Place.

Chase Dubois scored twice to pace the Warriors attack. Chase Stevenson, Jake Harrison and Michael Lombardi also scored.

Jared Marino and Michael Ryan each chipped in with a pair of assists.

For the second straight game, the Warriors hit the scoreboard first but, unlike Saturday in Vernon, were able to build on the opening goal, amassing a 5-0 lead before the Silverbacks scored two goals late to spoil Cole Demers' bid for his second shutout of the season.

"It was certainly nice to get a win playing in our own division," said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

"Everyone knows how tight and tough the Interior Division is, so when you play a rival like this, it;s nice to come out on top."

Ferster said he liked what the team was able to do, especially in the first 40 minutes in getting to the dirty areas and creating opportunities, even though they weren't always rewarded for it.

The power play, which has struggled the better part of the past month got the Warriors going early.

Dubois rifled a wrist shot from the right boards which beat Kyle Dumba cleanly to the far side for his seventh of the season to get the scoring started.

Two minutes later, Jared Marino threw the puck to the front of the net where Stevenson tapped home his fourth to put the Warriors up 2-0.

It was the first time since an Oct. 7 win over the same Silverbacks the power play has connected for multiple goals.

"You have to work hard to get the breaks. On the power play...you have to out work the PK.

"The five guys have to go out and they can't be fancy, they have to be willing to work. They have to be willing to go to those dirty areas."

Harrison upped the lead to 3-0 early in the second with a rising wrist shot from the left point that eluded Dumba to the far side.

Lombardi and Dubois both knocked home rebounds in the third as the Warriors built up a 5-0 lead.

West Kelowna dominated the Silverbacks over the first 45 minutes, outshooting them 30-15 over the first 40 and eventually chasing Dumba after the fifth goal.

But, the Silverbacks did take advantage of some sloppy work inside the Warriors end of the ice and were eventually rewarded when Riley Hayles broke the shutout bid off a turnover midway through the third. Hayles closed out the scoring off a faceoff with less than five seconds left.

The Warriors outshot the Silverbacks 38-37 over the course of the game.

The Warriors have won two of their last three after dropping three straight. At home, they have captured seven of their last eight.

The Warriors hit the road for a game in Wenatchee Friday before returning home to host the Prince George Spruce Kings Sunday afternoon.

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