I said on the broadcast that it didn't seem like the 1st goal was much of a back breaker for the Warriors, but they could not match the jump in intensity that the 'Backs brought on for that next minute.
After the Time-out to calm down the troops, the game settled back in to what it had been before: long stretches of back and forth action with good opportunities and few whistles.
Josh Bly had his best game as a Warrior tonight, getting his 1st BCHL goal, then his 1st BCHL Multi-Goal game with the tying goal halfway through the 3rd. He paid the price getting drilled right after he scored to tie it at 3 as well.
In overtime, the Penalty to Jason Cotton was killed effectively by the Warriors, and the long stretch of play after the penalty expired meant we got about half as much 3 on 3 as we would have liked to see.
On the Game Winner for Andrew Johnson, you have to commend Jonathan Desbiens and how he has played in the last few games, as he has been in on each of the last 3 Game Winning Goals. Both of his passes the last two games on 2 on 1's with Johnson have been perfectly on the tape, and the quick release of Johnson has enabled the Warriors to get these wins. Tonight's goal was the reverse of the Victoria goal, with Johnson on the left side this time. It didn't matter.
Michael Buonincontri had the other Warriors goal just 12 seconds into the game, as a great start from Cotton and Liam Blackburn enabled Buono to knock it in. Andy Desautels made a couple nice saves down the stretch including a big toe save in the 3rd to keep it 3-3.
Tonight's Game is the 2nd half of a home and home with the Silverbacks, so if these stats seem close to what you looked at yesterday....you're right.
Salmon Arm – 6-6-0-3
6th in Interior Division (15 Pts)
HOME – 3-3-0-2
ROAD – 3-3-0-1
Top Scorer– Andrew Farny (6 G, 9 A)
GF – 47
GA – 48
PP – 3rd – 26.2% (16 for 61)
PK – 6th – 80.3% (49 for 61)
West Kelowna – 8-5-0-2
3rd in Interior Division (18 Pts)
HOME – 2-4-0-0
ROAD – 7-1-0-2
Top Scorer – Liam Blackburn (8G,21A)
GF – 60
GA – 59
PP – 6th – 24.7% (20 for 81)
PK – 8th – 78.8% (52 for 66)
Next Game – Wednesday Nov. 5th
@ Penticton - 7 PM SOEC
Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 27-17-1-8 vs. Salmon Arm
2013/2014 Head to Head – West Kelowna wins season series 6-1
2014/2015 Head to Head - West Kelowna leads 1-0
October 31st - Michael Buonincontri scored 12 seconds in and Josh Bly got his 1st BCHL goal in Period 1. The Silverbacks scored 3 times in 1:27 early in the 3rd period before Bly tied it up. The Warriors killed off a penalty in OT and Andrew Johnson buried the game winner with 29 seconds to go in double OT.