Tough practices for reeling Warriors

True to his word, West Kelowna Warriors coach Rylan Ferster put his players through a tough week of practice.

Following a pair of losses last weekend in Trail (3-1) and at home to the Penticton Vees (5-3), an unhappy Ferster promised a hard week of practice - and he delivered.

"We ramped up practice a little bit and some things needed to be addressed. I think our guys have been pros about it," says Ferster.

"We had a couple of team meetings and a couple of really good practices. I think it's been a long week so we're anxious to play Friday."

The Warriors host the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday night in the first of three straight against their Interior Division rivals.

The two teams will meet again in Trail Tuesday and back at Royal LePage Place next Friday.

Ferster says the efforts against Trail and Penticton last week reflected the way the team practiced heading into those contests.

"I think our last week of practice was how the games went, and certainly no disrespect to the two teams that beat us, but our week of practice last week was just okay," says Ferster.

"I think if you look at our games - just okay. I think we had to address some of the things we do at practice and how we conduct ourselves."

The Warriors, winless in their last three games (0-2-0-1) will likely get their top two offensive defencemen back in the line-up Friday.

Josh Monk has finished serving a three game suspension he received in the Warriors final pre-season game while Adam Plant is awaiting medical clearance after suffering a minor concussion in Trail.

It may be coincidence but the Warriors have yet to lose (2-0-0-0) with Monk in the line-up.

"Our power-play is a heck of a lot better now and the puck isn't in our end as much when you have somebody like Josh Monk who plays upwards of 30 minutes a night," says Ferster.

"I think he's one of the best defencemen in our league."

Goaltender Tyler Briggs who suffered a concussion two weeks ago in the double overtime loss to the Vees will be on the bench Friday backing up Garrett Rockafellow who gets his third straight start.

Rockafellow is still looking for his first BC Hockey League win.

Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. at Royal LePage Place.


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