Warriors dump KIngs, clinch playoff spot

The West Kelowna Warriors top line made sure there was no doubt the team would clinch a playoff spot Saturday night in Powell River.

Needing to either get to overtime or have the Vernon Vipers do the same, the Warriors top unit of Max French, Seb Lloyd and Marcus Basara made sure the job was done.

The trio combined for four goals and 11 points in a convincing 6-2 win over the hometown Kings.

French led the charge with two goals and two assists.

Lloyd had two goals and an assist while Basara chipped in with four assists.

Josh Monk had a goal and two assists while Daniel Gayle scored he other Warriors goal.

Steven Myland turned aside 42 of 44 shots fired his way to win his second straight decision.

It was Myland's first start since a 6-1 win in Trail back on Jan. 12.

The Warriors, who led 2-1 after one and doubled the lead to 4-2 after 40 minutes made the most of the 24 shots they managed to direct towards Kings goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk.

West Kelowna is now 1-1 on their three game road trip.

The trip concludes Sunday afternoon in Port Alberni.

They travel to Merritt next Saturday before finally returning to Royal LePage Place Tuesday, Feb. 26 when they entertain the Vernon Vipers.

The Warriors need just one more win to guarantee they will finish no lower than third in the Interior Division.

They will play either Merritt or Penticton in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Centennials are currently second in the interior, four points in back of division leading Penticton. Merritt also own a game in hand.

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