Season over for the Warriors


The Warriors are out of the playoffs after a 2-1 overtime loss in game five of the Interior Conference finals on Thursday.

It was another terrific game from West Kelowna, and the Warriors had a 1-0 lead heading to the third period.

However, the host Penticton Vees found the equalizer early in the third period when a centreing feed bounced off ‘AP’ Josh Blanchard and in. 

Penticton then finished the series when a James De Haas point shot deflected off a stick and past Tyler Briggs early in the first overtime. 

“We did as much as we could” a saddened Josh Monk said after the game.  “We played hard.”

The Warriors boarded the players bus and returned home, only to find a crowd of roughly 50 fans cheering their arrival back at Royal LePage Place. 

“It’s pretty humbling” Josh Monk uttered after shaking hands with the fans. 

The 20-year-old admits that pulling off his Warriors uniform for the last time was an emotional experience.  Heading to Providence College next season, Monk also says the reception given by the West Kelowna supporters was a touching way to cap off his years playing Junior hockey. 

“I’ve never seen that before in my career, so it’s kind of a cool way to end.”

Monk also knows that he and his teammates will be able to sleep easier knowing they gave the Vees their best effort.  “We gave it our best shot, and just came up a little short.” 

He also points to three straight overtime decisions as evidence the series was as close as can be.

As for the deciding game, Monk is happy with his club’s showing.  “I thought we dominated them for portions of the game today” he says. “They just got a bounce at the end.”

Penticton will now advance to play Surrey in the Fred Page Cup finals starting Friday, April 12.

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