Saturday, 3 October 2015

October 3rd vs Wenatchee PREVIEW

For the first time in BCHL history, the Wenatchee Wild will visit the West Kelowna Warriors at Royal Lepage Place in a game that counts.

The West Kelowna Warriors return to Royal Lepage Place after 2 weeks away, including a 2-0 weekend at the Bauer BCHL Showcase, and a night to forget in Merritt on Wednesday.

There was a trade yesterday, as the Warriors moved Daniel Mannella and Jake Tesarowski to Melville, for the Junior A rights of a 19-year-old goalie and Future Considerations.

West Kelowna will also welcome back Stephen Heslop to the net, as he signed with the Warriors in a related move yesterday. Heslop, if you don’t recall, played 6 games in the regular season, and 3 in the playoffs as an AP, and gave the Warriors a chance to win every single night.

The Wild, who are 5-0-1-0 to start the year, look to continue their BCHL run against the Warriors.

Lead by Chase Perry in net, the Wild have rolled through Prince George, knocked off Langley, and defeated both Vernon and Trail by 1 goal.

Last night, it was a comeback effort TWICE in the 3rd period to tie the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a highly entertaining game at the Shaw Center.

The Wild play a fast game that is all about puck possession, as they are talent laden up and down the lineup. The majority of the time they make 1 pass through the neutral zone and then carry the puck over the line, forcing teams to stay strong defensively.

This should be a great test for the Warriors group, looking to make amends for a tough night in Merritt on Wednesday. Buckle up, it's going to be a good one.


Wenatchee – 5-0-1-0 (1st Mainland)

HOME – 1-0
ROAD – 4-0-1-0
(includes Showcase Home/Road)

Top Scorers
Mike Coyne (1 G, 7 A)
Dakota Raabe (3 G, 4 A)
Kyle Stephan (3 G, 4 A)
Troy Conzo (4 G, 2 A)

GF – 28
GA – 11

PP – 11th - 7 for 38 (18.4%)
PK – 2nd – 20 for 22 (90.9%)
West Kelowna – 4-3 (3rd Interior)

HOME – 3-1
ROAD – 1-2
(includes Showcase Home/Road)

Top Scorers
Liam Blackburn (3 G, 6 A)
Garrett Forster (1 G, 8 A)
Jonathan Desbiens (4 G, 4 A)
Reed Gunville (0 G, 7 A)

GF – 26
GA – 27

PP – 1st - 10 for 33 (30.3%)
PK – 13th - 26 for 34 (76.5%)

Next Game – Tuesday October 6th
Vs. Coquitlam – Royal Lepage Place
7 PM
Head-to-Head Lifetime – This is the 1st ever meeting in the BCHL between the Warriors and the Wild

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