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Warriors sweep weekend set with Trail

The Westside Warriors got the best of the Trail Smoke eaters for the second consecutive night.

Twenty-four hours after erasing a third period deficit in registering a 3-2 victory, the Warriors stormed back from two goals down to double up the visiting Smokies 6-3 Saturday at Royal LePage Place.

After surrendering three goals in 69 seconds in the opening period, the Warriors paid back the visitors with three markers in 84 seconds before many fans had found their seats to the start the second.

The onslaught gave the Warriors a 5-3 lead, one they were never in danger of relinquishing.

"I thought we played pretty well. Obviously we laid an egg there for three minutes, got away from our game and tried to do things we are not capable of doing," says head coach Darren Yopyk.

"The bottom line is in this league there are a lot of good hockey clubs and if we are not playing the way we need to play things like that will happen. We were fortunate enough to reel it back in and have a good effort the rest of the game."

Yopyk called a time-out after Cullen Bradshaw made it 3-1 and told the team to just play their game.

"There was no need to panic, just get back to our game. I thought we started the game very well and I thought we reeled in back in there and it was consistent the rest of the way."

Trailing 3-1, Tyler Brickler go the Warriors to within a goal, deflecting a point shot from the high slot to get Westside back in the game.

Early in the second, Matt Maher, Quinn Gould and Brett Mulcahy all scored before the period was three minutes old to put Westside up a pair.

The goal for Mulcahy was his first in the BC Hockey League.

Kyle Singleton's second of the night on a power-play midway through the third officially put the game on ice.

The top line of Singleton, Gould and Alex Grieve contributed eight points on the night as they got going offensively for the first time in four games.

"They have had some chances and have played really well. Their job is to shut down guys too first and foremost and they've been doing a good job at that."

Back-up net minder Cam Korzybski was in goal for the second straight night and ran his record to 2-0.

Despite the first period onslaught, Korzybski was sharp in stopping 26 of 29 shots directed his way.

Starter Kevin Boyle is 0-2 after a pair of opening weekend losses to the Pentagon Veers.

As for a goaltender controversy early in the season!

"It's a controversy if you don't have a goalie that can play but I have two so it's not a controversy. I think I have two really good goalies -- a two headed monster."

The Warriors, 2-2 on the season, hit the road for their first extended road trip of the season as they get set to play four games in five days on the island.

Westside play in Cochin Valley Wednesday before heading to Nana Friday, Victoria Saturday and Alberio Valley Sunday.

They don't play at home until October ND when they entertain the same Smoke Eaters.


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