Sunday, 31 August 2014

Warriors drop 1st exhibition in Overtime

Starting Goalies
Merritt - Spencer Eschyschyn
West Kelowna - Matt Mitchell

1st Period
A good pace started off as just 1:09 in Merritt would jump on board with a quick goal from Cooper Prechel as he snapped a point shot over the pad of Matt Mitchell. The assist went to Jake Holland.

The Warriors settled down after that early goal, and would get it back on an Eric Theander deflection from a Zach Morey point shot. Devin Garg would pick up a helper as well.

Merritt scored twice in 54 seconds with just under 6 to go in the opening frame, as Holland picked up a puck in the slot on a bad clear on a Warriors penalty kill, as he beat Mitchell with the shot. Tyler Wickman had the lone assist. Then, Nick Fidanza would be the recipient of some hard work on the boards as he would give the Cents a 3-1 lead with assists to Josh Kobelka and Braeden Allkins.

Shots in the 1st period were 12-8 in favour of Merritt.

2nd Period
Both teams settled into a defensive style in Period 2, with only 1 goal scored. The Warriors would be the one to get it on the PP at 18:15. Jake Harrison (who was the youngest player in the game) scored on the point shot to make it a 3-2 game at that point. Austin Piquette took over for the Warriors between the pipes at the 11:14 mark. Matt Mitchell, tonight's starter, made 17 saves on 20 shots. 

Shots in the 2nd were 10-8 for West Kelowna, 20-18 Merritt overall through 2.

3rd Period
Anthony Pupplo would take over between the pipes for the Merritt Centennials to start the 3rd Period. The Cents would get the 1st goal in the 3rd as Cameron Obcena finished off a 2 on 1 on a beautiful pass from Braeden Allkins. Tyrell Buckley drew the other assist.

West Kelowna would begin an barrage of offensive action at 9:36 when Parker Ward knocked in a loose puck. Matteo Milroy drew the assist. 

Julian Uhrynuik would get the 4-4 goal at 12:10 from Anthony Bishop, and at 18:23 the Warriors took a 5-4 lead as Greydon Robinson would go top shelf from the blue line on the Powerplay. Carter Huber had the assist.

Merritt would not go away as with 21.8 to play, Brandon Duhaime deflected a shot from Scott Munro to tie it up and send it to Overtime.

Shots in the 3rd period were 18-14 Warriors, and 36-32 overall.

The 1st OT would solve nothing, and there weren't any quality scoring chances in the 4 on 4 session. West Kelowna out-shot Merritt 3-2. 

At 2:28 of 3 on 3 action, Jake Holland would get the puck up to Dustin Cochrane, who drove wide on the defender and put a back-hand shot past Austin Piquette for the Game Winning Goal. Merritt had the only 2 shots in the 3 on 3 session.

Game Thoughts
Overall the Warriors battled hard for the majority of the night, and the young guys in the lineup need to look at the positives from tonight's game. The 3 goals they put up in period 3 were a big bright spot, especially against Anthony Pupplo, who is slated to be Jonah Imoo's back-up for the Centennials this season. Both Carter Huber and Julian Uhrynuik were flying throughout the game, while Greydon Robinson and Jake Harrison were solid on the back end.

The Warriors will head to Merritt tomorrow night and will more than likely ice near the same line-up.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Game 2 Scoring Summary

Game 2 Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary for Game 2 of West Kelowna Warriors Camp.

Team Black defeated Team White by a score of 4-3 in Overtime. Ryan Yaremko with an end-to-end rush after Scott Patton left it for him in front of the goal while on the Power Play. Yaremko snapped a shot over the right pad of Andy Desautels from the slot.

1st Period
13:58 Black - Neil Aird from Greydon Robinson (PP Goal)
SHOTS - 12-8 White

2nd Period
10:34 White - Kylar Hope (PP Goal)
12:54 Black - Carter Huber from Jake Harrison
SHOTS - 21-12 White, 33-20 Overall

3rd Period
6:11 White - Zach Zorn from Cole Plotnikoff
11:30 White - Jordan Masters
19:49 Black - Neil Aird from Brett Mennear
SHOTS - 11-9 White, 44-29 Overall

1:55 Black - Ryan Yaremko from Scott Patton (PP Goal)
SHOTS - 1-1, 45-30 Overall

Andy Desautels - White - 13 saves on 16 shots
Scott Patton - Black - 19 saves on 21 shots
Austin Piquette - White - 13 saves on 14 shots
Matt Mitchell - Black - 23 saves on 24 shots

Friday, 29 August 2014

Game 1 Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary for Game 1 of West Kelowna Warriors Camp.

Team Black defeated Team White by a score of 8-3

1st Period
4:09 White - Jonathon Desbiens from Ryan Ivey
10:20 White - Michael Roberts from Kylar Hope
18:50 Black - Neil Aird (PP Goal)
SHOTS - 14-12 Black

2nd Period
12:43 Black - Liam Blackburn from Jimmy Currier
15:37 White - Matteo Milroy from Drayson Pears
17:04 Black - Liam Blackburn from Neil Aird
SHOTS - 11-8 Black, 25-20 Overall

3rd Period
2:36 Black - Dante Hahn
4:24 Black - Mac Ferner from Carter Huber
6:02 Black - Brett Mennear
6:40 Black - Neil Aird from Dante Hahn
13:00 Black - Kade Kehoe from Dante Hahn and Mac Ferner
SHOTS - 17-12 Black, 42-32 Black Overall

Andy Desautels - White - 17 Saves on 19 Shots
Scott Patton - Black - 14 Saves on 16 Shots
Austin Piquette - White - 17 Saves on 23 Shots
Matt Mitchell - Black - 15 Saves on 16 Shots.

Camp Rosters

Andy Desautels 94
Austin Piquette 96
Ryan Ivey 94
Kristian Blumenschein 97
Nick Rutigliano 96
Cole De Jonge 97
Anthony Bishop 98
Drayson Pears 98
Jason Cotton 95
Matteo Milroy 96
Greg Dakus 97
Jonathon Desbeins 96
Keegan Jones 97
Kylar Hope 95
Zach Zorn 97
Michael Roberts 95
Jordan Masters 94
Josh Bly 96
Eric Theander 97
Cole Plottnikoff 97
Hunter Zandee 96
Scott Patton 96 G
Matt Mitchell 95 G
Kyle Marino 95 D
Mac Ferner 95 D
Rylan Yaremko 96 D
Greydon Robinson 96 D
Zach Morey 97 D
Jake Harrison 99 D
Neil Aird 95 F
Jimmy Currier 96 F
Dante Hahn 95 F
Liam Blackburn 96 F
David Almond 97 F
Dan Eruzione 96 F
Carter Huber 97 F
Adam Osczevski 95 F
Devin Garg 96 F
Kade Kehoe 96 F
Parker Ward 97 F
Brett Mennear 96 F
Julian Uhryniuk 97 F

Main Camp Begins

The 2014/2015 West Kelowna Warriors hopefuls have taken to the ice this morning at Royal Lepage Place in the 1st of 2 days of Main Camp.

The 42 players include 9 returning players, 2 off-season acquisitions, and 31 other prospects.

Players were divided up into 2 teams, with each practicing this morning, before squaring off at 4 pm in the 1st of 2 intra-squad games.

On Saturday, they will practice in the morning starting at 8 am, have fitness testing after, and will play once more at 4 pm.

Sunday marks the first exhibition game vs. Merritt, that one is in West Kelowna at 7 pm, and on Monday, the Warriors will head to Merritt to take on the Centennials once more.

Stay tuned to the blog for all the updates, including Scoring Summary for both camp games and exhibition games. Follow along on Twitter @WestKVoice for period-by-period updates as well.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A New Beginning

So here we are, just 2 days away (less than 48 hours actually) from Main Camp, and I am finally getting down to entering the first of many entries into the new blog for this season.

For those of you who do not know, or did not remember, Jon Zacks has moved on from his post as the broadcaster of West Kelowna Warriors hockey, and a new face (mine) has entered the picture.

I am Kyle Anderson, a Sports Management Graduate from Vancouver Island University, who grew up in Vernon, BC until 2010 when I moved to Nanaimo to pursue my schooling. I have had the opportunity to call 1 season of Junior B Hockey down there, and a summer of calling Kelowna Falcons baseball. This opportunity is one that I am extremely excited for, and hope that I can bring the professionalism and passion that Jon brought nightly to the rink and bring you right into the action from wherever you are listening.

Junior Hockey has been a passion of mine since I was very young, growing up watching the exciting and talented teams that the Vernon Vipers put on the ice year after year (please, I beg you to not hold that against me - I'm all Warriors now.) Having the opportunity to work for the Nanaimo Clippers while I went to school in a Game Ops role as well as Public Address announcing, rekindled my love for this level, and I can't wait to follow my 4th straight season extremely closely.

This is the new blog of the West Kelowna Warriors, as we change over from "The Generals Report" to "Battle Cries" which I think embodies the motives of the Warriors organization. I hope that avid readers of Jon's blog come over to this one as I keep you up to date with all the happenings all season long.

If you wish to follow the Warriors on Social Media, make sure you check out the Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @BCHLWarriors, or follow myself @WestKVoice. I'll have updates from Main Camp, the exhibition season and much more as we progress through another journey.

That journey begins with a 9:45 practice Friday August 29th. Stay Tuned.