Last year, the Warriors found success in Chilliwack, winning 6-2 over Coquitlam and 7-6 against Nanaimo to open up their season.
As it has been for the last 3 years, the Showcase is an opportunity to continue to make an impression on the schools that are already looking at you, or to open some eyes of schools that didn't have a player on the radar.
While nerves can be a factor in these situations, players seem to settle in after the first 10 minutes, like Game 1 of a playoff series. With the games counting in the regular season standings, the intensity is always high.
The Cowichan Valley Capitals have enjoyed early success this season, starting off 3-0. Both teams will be on even footing, as both play their first game against one another.
Leading the charge for the Capitals has been former Warriors Adam Osczevski and Kade Kehoe, who each have 5 points. Osczevski had a 4-goal game against Alberni, before missing 1 game due to suspension. While the suspension is 2 games, he will not miss Saturday's match-up as the Showcase is considered a separate event, so suspensions earned before the Showcase are not served until after.
The Warriors have added a piece to their defense-corp and filled their roster to the 22-max players. Bryan Nelson has joined the team from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Last season, Nelson played for the Walpole Express in the Eastern Hockey League. He looked to be paired with fellow Shrewsbury native Nick Rutigliano during practice this week, and will wear #2.
Cowichan Valley – 3-0
HOME – 3-0
ROAD – 0-0
Adam Osczevski (4 G, 1 A)
Kade Kehoe (1 G, 4 A)
Ryan Burton (2 G, 1 A)
GF – 14
GA – 6
PP – 1 for 12 (8.3%)
PK – 14 for 18 (77.8%)
West Kelowna – 2-2
HOME – 2-1
ROAD – 0-1
Liam Blackburn (2 G, 4 A)
Jonathan Desbiens (3 G, 2 A)
Rylan Yaremko (3 G, 2 A)
GF – 19
GA – 16
PP – 7 for 18 (38.9%)
PK – 11 for 16 (68.8%)
Next Game – Sunday September 27th vs Langley (BCHL SHOWCASE)
7:30 PM Prospera Center Chilliwack
Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 10-3-0-3 vs Cowichan
2014/2015 Head to Head – West Kelowna went 1-0-0-1 vs Cowichan Last Season