Monday, 19 October 2015

Warriors 5 - Spruce Kings 2

From the moment the puck was dropped on Saturday night the West Kelowna Warriors took control of it. It was one of those games where you could sense early on that it was going to take a massive effort between the pipes from Sam Tanguay to ensure that the Spruce Kings wouldn't get run out of the building.

Tanguay was solid, allowing just 1 goal in the first as the Warriors threw everything at him, putting 15 shots on goal, while Prince George just managed 2.

The domination continued in the middle frame, but Tanguay stood tall, stopping 17 shots, but Liam Blackburn scored short handed to make it 2-0.

2 quick goals in the 3rd put the game away, but Jake Lebrun got the Spruce Kings on the board on the power-play, then after Kyle Marino made it 5-1, Nic Ponak made it 5-2 on a nice passing play from PG. The final shots on goal were 50-19.

Game Thoughts:

  • Dominant. That's what the Warriors were on Saturday. Building on the last 32:34 from Friday, the Warriors put shots on goal from every direction, forcing Sam Tanguay into a boatload of saves throughout the game. Through the first two periods, the shots were 33-7 on the scoreboard. Going back to Friday, in 72:34, West Kelowna out-shot both Salmon Arm and PG 63-10.
  • Liam Blackburn's pair of goals (and an assist) moved him into the team scoring lead, while extending his point streak to 9 games. Jonathan Desbiens goal on a nice backhand move moved his streak to 10 games, while Garrett Forster couldn't muster a point and had his streak snapped at 9.
  • The power play went 0-3 and the PK was just 50% but it was the even strength play that really told the story. The one short handed marker for West Kelowna started as a 4 on 4 rush, and was put in after the penalized Spruce King player came back on the ice. Prince George was playing their 3rd game in 3 nights, and the Warriors exploited that after not getting anything out of Friday night's late game dominance. 
Big week ahead for the Warriors, as they take on Penticton Wednesday and Vernon Friday on the road, while hosting the Victoria Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Royal Lepage Place.

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