West Kelowna Warriors lost 4-3 Tuesday in a nine-round shootout

Heartbreaker for Warriors

In sports, all defeats sting to one degree or another.

For the West Kelowna Warriors, Tuesday's defeat stung more than most.

The Warriors battled back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime, only to lose in a nine-round shootout, 4-3 to the visiting Langley Rivermen.

"Our guys worked so hard tonight. We had a lot of character situations in that game, and our rose above it," said head coach Brandon West.

"I thought our guys competed so hard tonight. It was a tough, tough loss, but what a game."

Langley led 3-1 more much of the second half of the game until the Warriors jumped to life late in the third.

Rob Christy pounced on a rebound at the side of the the Langley net and buried his second of the season on a West Kelowna power play with less than six minutes to go.

Then, Brandon Dent gobbled up a rebound of his own in front of the Langley goal and snapped home his sixth to tie it with 50 seconds to go in regulation time.

Neither team could score in overtime, forcing just the second shootout ever at Royal LePage Place, and by far the longest.

It took nine rounds to decide it.

In the ninth, Brendan Pigeon was denied before Kaeden Patrick beat Johnny Derrick high to the stick side to seal the victory for the visitors.

Earlier in the season, it would have been the Warriors who gave up the lead late, but Tuesday, they found a way to battle, and get the bounces.

"I thought our guys earned the bounces tonight, especially late in the game the way that we scored those goals.

"That shootout, great goaltending on both sides, great goals on both sides. We know we have to play good hockey at home. I was really proud of our effort...we found a way to get a point against a team that is playing real good hockey right now.

It's the third overtime on shootout point the Warriors have attained this season, all on home ice.

They have yet to win in front of the home fans, but West feels it's coming.

Trevor Adams also scored for the Warriors on a second period power play.

The Warriors will now hit the road for back-to-back games in Wenatchee Friday and Saturday before returning home to host Salmon Arm a week Friday.

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