West Kelowna Warriors kick off abbreviated scheduled with come-from-behind win

Warriors victorious in return

The West Kelowna Warriors kicked off the 20-game BC Hockey League season on a winning note.

Carter Wilkie, on his 21 birthday, snapped a 1-1 with 81 seconds left in regulation time to give the Warriors a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in their opening game in the Vernon hub.

It was a classic near-miss at one end, goal at the other on the game winner.

With time winding down, the Silverbacks created a two-on-one with only Skyler Cameron back for the Warriors.

Cameron stretched out to break up the pass, allowing the Warriors to head the other way.

Wilkie with speed, raced onto a long outlet pass, fought off a defender, then beat Owen Say from in tight.

Both goaltenders, Say and Warriors Zach Bennett were the story through the opening 40 minutes.

Both goaltenders were sharp, turning away everything they faced, especially Say as the Warriors had the better of the scoring chances through 40 minutes.

The Silverbacks broke through when Sullivan Mack beat Bennett six minutes into the third on the power play.

The Warriors, on their fourth advantage of the night, got the equalizer nearly eight minutes later.

Marcus Joughin found newcomer Ben Woodhouse who banged home his first BCHL goal to even the score 1-1.

Woodhouse is one of several players brought in after several players were unable to return for the abbreviated season.

His goal set the stage for Wilkie's heroics.

The Warriors outshot Salmon Arm 40-33.

West Kelowna complete the opening weekend Sunday against the Vernon Vipers. Vernon opened the hub schedule with a 4-1 win over Salmon Arm Friday.

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