Saturday, 19 December 2015

Dec 19th @ Penticton PREVIEW

The West Kelowna Warriors visit Penticton for their final game before Christmas in the back half of a home and home set, after winning at home on Friday night by a 2-0 margin.

Jonathan Desbiens played the hero late in the hockey game, sending the Teddy Bears flying with a goal with just 2:05 to go in the 3rd period. Off a broken up pass, Connor Sodergren got the puck back out front to the trailer Desbiens, as he potted the marker and the bears flew from the stands. After the delay to pick up the stuff toys, Scott Allan sealed the deal from his own blueline with his 2nd of the year.

Matthew Greenfield was most of the story throughout the hockey game, as he turned away 41 shots for his first BCHL Shutout in his first BCHL game. It wasn't a flashy performance, but a sound, technical and "crisp" effort in between the pipes. Warriors fans were buzzing throughout the game, as Greenfield stole a victory for the Warriors, a first this season in the eyes of Rylan Ferster.

The re-match tonight will not be easy, and it will be intriguing to see if Zach Driscoll gets the start for the Vees again. He was pretty good last night throughout, making a couple of big saves on Warriors power plays. You can't blame him at all for the lone goal he allowed, so it wouldn't surprise me one bit to see him get the nod. Anthony Brodeur has been no slouch this season either, so the Vees are in a strong position with whomever they decide to start.

Tonight's game should be another physical affair as the intensity and physicality picked up throughout the night. There was constant conversations post-whistle, as Kyle Marino and Kylar Hope were consistently in discussions with Vees like Luke Voltin and Easton Brodzinski. With Demico Hannoun out of the Vees lineup, it was Voltin who played the agitating role throughout the night.

The Warriors will not play for 10 days after tonight, so it's a chance to empty the tank. After what was considered to be "not the best effort" being out-shot 41-26 in the game last night, the Warriors skaters will be hungry to get back to their 30-shots or less against mentality.

Stats Pack:
Penticton – 30-4-1-0

HOME – 17-0-1-0
ROAD – 13-4-0-0

Top Scorers
Scott Conway (30 G, 38 A)
Tyson Jost (24 G, 37 A)
Easton Brodzinski (21 G, 19 A)

GF – 147
GA – 74

PP – 1st – 45 for 155 (29.0%)
PK – 2nd – 112 for 129 (86.8%)

West Kelowna – 20-13-0-2

HOME – 12-6-0-1
ROAD – 8-7-0-1

Top Scorers
Liam Blackburn (17 G, 25 A)
Kylar Hope (18 G, 22 A)
Jonathan Desbiens (20 G, 17 A)

GF – 135
GA – 125

PP – 3rd – 28 for 155 (24.5%)
PK – 9th – 137 for 172 (79.7%)

Next Game – Wednesday December 30th @ Trail - 7:30 PM
Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 19-47-0-8 All-Time vs Penticton.

The Warriors are 9-24-0-3 vs. Vees in Penticton

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