Sunday, 27 September 2015

Showcase vs Langley Preview

The West Kelowna Warriors won their opener of the BCHL Showcase with a hard fought 2-1 win over Cowichan Valley on Saturday afternoon.

The power play was the key to the hockey game, as all three goals came with the man advantage. West Kelowna was trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes but got goals from Kyle Marino in the 2nd and Jonathan Desbiens in the 3rd period.

The game also revolved around the goaltending of Storm Phaneuf as he made countless saves on the Warriors offense through the first 35:05 of the hockey game. Marino's shot was hammered from the point off a face-off, with Phaneuf getting barely a piece. Desbiens went bar-down coming off the bench after a 4-on-4 situation, breaking the tie.

The Warriors handled adversity in the final 5 minutes, getting multiple blocked shots with Tanner Campbell ejected for a Blow to the Head. With the penalty kill, West Kelowna picked up their 3rd win of the season.

Forbes Ploszaj picked up his 2nd win of the young season, making 25 saves.

To wrap up the Showcase, the Warriors will take on the 3-1 Langley Rivermen. It will be another test for the Warriors, as the Rivermen also have a large team that likes to play physical.

Langley Rivermen – 3-1

HOME – 1-1
ROAD – 1-0

Top Scorers
Matthew Graham (2 G, 4 A)
Justin Fregona (5 G, 0 A)
4 others – 4 points

GF – 14
GA – 8

PP – 7 for 29 (24.1%)
PK – 23 for 28 (82.1%)
West Kelowna – 3-2

HOME – 2-1
ROAD – 0-1

Top Scorers
Jonathan Desbiens (4 G, 2 A)
Liam Blackburn (2 G, 4 A)
Rylan Yaremko (3 G, 2 A)

GF – 21
GA – 17

PP – 9 for 25 (36.0%)
PK – 16 for 22 (72.7%)

Next Game – Wednesday September 30th vs. Merritt – 7:00 PM – Nicola Valley Arena
Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 6-6-1-3 vs Langley
2014/2015 Head to Head – West Kelowna went 0-1-0-1 vs Langley Last Season

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