Saturday, 28 November 2015

Warriors 6 - Eagles 4

West Kelowna found themselves down 2-1 on Friday night in Surrey, but responded with 4 in the 2nd period as they took a 6-4 victory over the Eagles.

Aidan Doak's 1st career BCHL start maybe didn't begin the way he wanted it, but the Warriors used their skill and speed in the middle period to take over the hockey game.

Connor Sodergren picked up his 3rd goal in as many games as he tied the game at 1 in the 1st period. It was the veteran presence of West Kelowna that came to play in the 2nd period, as Kristian Blumenschein wrapped one around after a couple nice moves on the side boards.

A pair of power-play goals gave the Warriors a 4-2 lead, as Rylan Yaremko potted a rebound and Kylar Hope beat Forbes Ploszaj as well. It was Brett Mennear who made it 5-2 on a beautiful pass from Lane Gilliss, his first BCHL point.

Speaking of 1sts, it was (finally!) Reed Gunville who picked up his first BCHL goal and his 18th point of the season. Another first would happen after the Eagles scored twice more, as Doak picked up his 1st BCHL win.

Game Thoughts:

  • West Kelowna didn't have the greatest of starts and its tough to pinpoint why. It has been a bit of a common theme in games for the Warriors this season to date, but the 2nd always seems to make sure you forget the 1st. That happened again Friday.
  • The Warriors scored 4 in the 2nd period and have now out-scored their opponents by 19 goals in the 2nd this season. The shots have favoured the Warriors as well, out-shooting the opposition by 119 shots.
  • Reed Gunville has finally scored, and now has a goal to go with his 17 assists. Good start to the year for the Prince Albert native, and we'll see if he can build on that moving forward. Some fun on the bench after that goal, as Gunville got the silent treatment coming back onto the bench before being mobbed.
  • Aidan Doak gets his first BCHL win, as the Revelstoke Grizzlies goaltender makes 18 saves on the night.

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