Warriors 'Capital' effort pays off in OT

The West Kelowna Warriors welcomed Brett McKinnon back into the line-up and, in true McKinnon fashion kicked off a three game road trip with a gutsy 4-3 overtime victory in Victoria.

McKinnon, 20, who missed the previous 32 games due to injury, was held off the scoresheet but did engage Capitals Turner Lawson in a late third period fight. Both players received game misconducts as well as fighting majors.

Ambrose Firkus scored the game winner 3:28 into the first overtime period. It was his fourth goal since returning to the line-up after a lengthy injury.

Marcus Basara, Adam Plant and Daniel Gayle on a late third period power-play also scored for West Kelowna.

The Warriors were forced to battle back from one goal deficits on three different occasions before Firkus sealed the win in the extra period.

Tyler Briggs turned aside 32 of 35 shots to earn the win.

Briggs is 11-3-2-0 since January.

Friday's win coupled with Merritt's 5-4 overtime loss to Salmon Arm pulls the Warriors into a second place tie with the Centennials in the Interior Division.

The Centennials close out their regular season Saturday in Vernon while the Warriors have two games left in Cowichan Valley Saturday and Nanaimo Sunday.

The Warriors and Centennials will face each other in the opening round of the playoffs. The next two days will determine home ice advantage.


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