Saturday, 7 February 2015

February 7th Recap @ Chilliwack

The Warriors final trip over the Coquihalla ended in an overtime defeat as Jake Larson scored the game winner at 3:32 of the 4 on 4 session.

The game remained scoreless into the final minute of the first period before Chilliwack got on the board with 35.8 seconds remaining after snapping one over the shoulder of Stephen Heslop.

Chilliwack opened up a 2-0 lead on a rebound goal before the Warriors got a power-play marker from Rylan Yaremko. Jason Cotton fired the puck from the top of the circle and by the replays it looked to hit Yaremko's stick and went past Aiden Pelino.

The Warriors tied up the game in the 3rd on a goal from Captain Andrew Johnson who put a wrist shot past Pelino after a sweet feed from Josh Bly.

The Warriors would have a couple quality chances to take the lead in the last ten minutes. Liam Blackburn was stopped in tight and then poked it through the crease but nobody could get it over the line. Jonathan Desbiens had a shot bounce 6 inches in front of the goal line as well.

In overtime, Chilliwack would have a glorious opportunity to end it, as Jake Hand got a rebound and deked around Stephen Heslop but it would be Heslop with the save of the season as he flashed the glove hand and snagged the Hand shot.

Off the ensuing face off though, the Warriors tried to clear the zone and start a rush but as the puck was turned over in the neutral zone, Larson got the puck on the right wing and placed the perfect shot over Heslops shoulder to end it.

With the results of tonights scoreboards and action around the Interior, the Warriors hold a 1-point edge over Salmon Arm, who play the Surrey Eagles on Sunday afternoon. By Wednesday, the two games in hand will have been played, and the Warriors will see how the standings look then.

I'll have a playoff scenario breakdown here on the blog Thursday.

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