Two things that start with S come to mind when recapping this one, as both Special Teams and Spirited Play were factors. Overall, the Vees would get a pair of power-play goals in 11 opportunities, while the Warriors went 2-4.
Some big hits early on had the attention of both teams, as the physical play was apparent from the opening shift on, and the after whistle scrums were a regular occurance.
The one that stands out for everyone happened late in the 1st period, after the Warriors went hard to the goal. Paul Lovsin would pick himself up and back away, only to find Vees goaltender Brendan Barry getting his gloves off and coming at him. After a short fight, both the goaltender Barry for the Vees and the Warriors Lovsin would be ejected.
There would be no other Game Misconduct penalties the rest of the night, but there were numerous 10's handed out late. The Warriors found themselves short handed 7 straight times after the Vees got a Too Many Men penalty in the 2nd.
Looking at the Offensive side of things for West Kelowna, Kylar Hope and Quin Foreman had the PP markers, while Reed Gunville got the Warriors within 1 late in the 3rd.
The line combinations kept changing in the final 40 minutes, but Hope found himself in the middle of the action more often than not. I was also impressed by Foreman and Kyle Marino for different reasons, as Foreman had a couple good opportunities and Marino was physical all night long.
Another number that jumped out at me was the 6 of Rylan Yaremko. As a returning guy you expect big things, and he played with an edge all night long. He would get 2+10 late after Jonathan Desbiens was taken heavily into the end boards.
The Warriors played a physical game that was sometimes just over the line. I saw good character moments for this group tonight as numerous players stood up for one another, and came to their teammates aid when needed.
Thoughts on the Vees:
Penticton always recruits well and seems to have another good squad. Tyson Jost is always going to have a target on his back this season after his Ivan Hnlinka selection and Gold, but handled his captain duties and had a PP marker tonight. The Warriors only saw 1 period of Brendan Barry and got a goal from behind the net on him, but getting to see Anthony Brodeur has to be a good teaching tool as well. Brodeur does not give up many rebounds, which means the Warriors need more traffic, much like they did when they faced Hunter Miska last year.
Warriors are in Salmon Arm Friday at 7 pm. Game will be broadcast on W.I.N starting at 6:50 with the pre-game. Visit www.mixlr.com/bchlwarriors to tune in.
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