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Warriors get big effort on special night

The Westside Warriors put together one of their most complete games of the season on a night which meant so much more than just hockey.

Captain Alex Grieve scored three times and added an assist in a 7-1 thumping of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during the team's second annual 'Battle To Beat Cancer.'

The Warriors wore specially designed blue and yellow jerseys for the game. The jerseys were auctioned off with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.

"For something like this you need a big effort," says Grayson Downing who chipped in with a goal and an assist.

"With all those people battling for their lives all we can do is battle on the ice. It was a good effort and I think we came out with a good win for everybody."

Quinn Gould with a pair and Tyler Brickler with one also scored for the Warriors.

Tyler Krause and Michael King added a pair of assists.

After being out shot 18-9, the Warriors totally dominated the Bulldogs over the final 40 minutes, outscoring them 5-0 in the process.

"I thought we started off pretty well in the first and kind of got a little lackadaisical for a while and Kevin (Boyle) made the saves he needed to make," says head coach Darren Yopyk.

"Those were some big saves in the first period. You go back and look at the film and those are game saving saves and that's what you're looking for in your goaltender. He did that for us tonight and then our power-play took over."

Boyle allowed just a power-play goals in the first while making 17 saves. He shut the door the rest of the way.

The Warriors power-play was the difference on the night finding the net on five of seven opportunities.

"Pucks were bouncing for us and part of it was just working hard. We do a lot of stuff trying to track down pucks on the power-play and that's been our problem is not tracking down those pucks."

Yopyk says the players did a good job of getting to loose pucks with the man advantage and getting second and third opportunities.

Kyle Singleton sat out the game after being assessed a two game suspension for a checking from behind penalty he received last Saturday in Powell River.

His absence forced Yopyk to mix up his lines a bit.

He moved Grieve onto a line with Downing and Krause, a combination which accounted for eight points on the night, seven of those on the power-play.

Downing says it's fun playing with his captain.

"It was, especially when you can play with a player like that. He's fun to play with, you know where he's going to be and you can feed him the puck," says Downing.

"He put in a few goals tonight and it's always fun looking for him on the power-play."

The win was the Warriors second in three outings.

They'll try to make it three for four when they host the Merritt Centennials Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.

Westside's record is even at 7-7-1-1.


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