Friday, 20 November 2015

Warriors 6 - PG 4 RECAP

The long road trip to Prince George is over, as the Warriors overcame a tough start and some interesting decision making to take a 6-4 victory over the Spruce Kings.

With the Warriors on the power play and down 1-0, Jake LeBrun was stopped on a partial break by Stephen Heslop. A rebound attempt knocked the puck under Heslop as the Spruce Kings tried to poke it in. With the puck laying in the crease the whistle blew, and as PG went to argue that the whistle was early, they looked up to see the referee signalling a goal. The Warriors were furious, as the goal light never came on, and the goal judge was seen shaking is head as to say that it never crossed the line. In the end it counted, and the Warriors played a frustrated period that saw them go 0 for 3 on the man advantage.

In the 2nd, the Warriors took some time to get going, but once Rylan Yaremko found the back of the net, they came to life. West Kelowna took a 3-2 lead within a 7 minute stretch, as Kyle Marino deflected a point shot on the power play, and Brett Mennear scored shorthanded. PG scored another late in the frame to tie it up.

After the Warriors took the lead on Kylar Hope's goal directly off the face off from Liam Blackburn, PG got a lucky bounce on an Adam Brubacher point shot that squeaked past Heslop's pad. Kristian Blumenschein scored on the power play to re-take the lead, before Yaremko scored into an empty net.

Game Thoughts:

  • In the end, its a huge character win for this hockey club. West Kelowna had not won in Prince George since December 2011, and they had tons of adversity. From a goal allowed that may have never crossed a line, to numerous stoppages and conferences between officials, the Warriors finally curbed their frustrations when Rylan Yaremko got them on the board. Hard work and a power play that finally clicked after going on an oh-for-14 stretch propelled them to victory.
  • The win was Franchise Regular Season Win #300, so here's to all the former players, coaches, and staff who helped reach this milestone. It means a lot to be a Warrior, as has been proven time and time again, and it was a special feeling to pick up the victory.

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