Warriors rally falls short

The West Kelowna Warriors were unable to rally back from a late deficit Friday night in Salmon Arm.

The result, a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the surging Silverbacks, who now find themselves just two points behind the Warriors in the fight for fifth in the Interior Division.

Both teams have just nine games left in the regular season.

The Warriors led 2-1 five minutes into the game, but trailed by a single goal after 20 minutes.

They were tied at four after 40, but a goal from Trevor Adams midway through the third turned out to be the only goal of the final period, and stood up as the winner.

Brandon Whistle opened the scoring for the Silverbacks on a power play two minutes into the game.'

But, a pair of goals from RJ Murphy gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead, their only lead of the game.

Parm Dhaliwal tied it at 3-3 61 seconds into the second, but Hudson Schandor's second of the game a minute and change later restored the one-goal lead, and brought an end to Nik Amundrud's night in the Warriors net.

Cole Demers took over the rest of the way.

Chase Steverson, playing his first game since early December, tied it at 4-4 a few minutes later.

That would be all the pucks the Warriors would get behind Silverbacks goaltender Kyle Dumba.

The Warriors, who have been shorthanded up front for the better part of three months, were finally healthy along the forward lines with the return of Stevenson and Matt Kowalski from long-term injuries.

West Kelowna is back home Saturday to face the Merritt Centennials.

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