Sunday, 15 February 2015

Game Preview - Feb 15th vs Nanaimo.

The West Kelowna Warriors continue their push towards a playoff spot in the Interior Division this afternoon with a match-up against the Island leading Nanaimo Clippers.

The Clippers will be coming into Royal Lepage Place with some revenge on their mind, both for the 2 wins the Warriors have over the Clippers this season, and their current 0-2 road trip through the Okanagan Valley.

The Warriors got some help on the out of town scoreboard last night as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs knocked off the Merritt Centennials. The Cents burned one of their games in hand on West Kelowna, as the Warriors still sit 2 points back of both Salmon Arm and Merritt with 5 games to play.

Look for an exciting hockey game this afternoon as the Clippers bring their top record from the Island into town. Nanaimo scores first almost 60% of the time and wins 78% of those games. To say the first goal is crucial is an understatement.

In goal for Nanaimo, fans will either see the #2 ranked GAA goalie in the BCHL in Guillame Decelles who has also played the most games and has the most wins this season.

The other option for the Clippers would be Jonathan Arseneau making his BCHL debut. The 18 year old from Delson, Quebec came to the Clippers from the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League. In any case, the Warriors will need to generate traffic and get to loose pucks in order to be successful.

Here is the Stats breakdown:
Nanaimo - 36-15-0-3

1st in Island Division (75 Pts)

HOME - 20-5-0-2
AWAY - 16-10-0-1

Top Scorer
Brendan Taylor (95) F
(22 G, 32 A)

GF - 221
GA - 153

PP - 5th - 23.1% (58 for 251)
PK - 10th - 77.4% (199 for 257)

West Kelowna – 24-21-0-8

5th in Interior Division (56 Pts)

HOME – 14-9-0-2
ROAD – 10-12-0-6

Top Scorer
Liam Blackburn (96) F
(21 G, 48 A)

GF – 181
GA – 200

PP – 9th - 21.8% (54 for 248)
PK – 4th - 81.0% (175 for 216)

Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 10-7-1-0 All-time vs. Nanaimo
2013/2014 Head to Head – West Kelowna went 1-1-1 vs. Nanaimo
2014/2015 Head to Head - West Kelowna leads the season series 2-0 (7-6 win at BCHL Showcase, 4-3 win October 24th in Nanaimo)

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