Friday, 22 January 2016

January 22nd @ Vernon PREVIEW

The West Kelowna Warriors open up their weekend in Vernon tonight for the 4th meeting of the year against the Vipers. West Kelowna is 3-0 on the year against Vernon already, with a pair of wins at home and one at Kal Tire Place. West Kelowna has only won three of their last 19 games in Vernon.

The Warriors won both games last weekend, with a big victory over Trail and a double overtime win in Salmon Arm as Jake Harrison supplied the winner. The Warriors are 5-1 in 2016, and play six more times in the month of January, including tonight.

Jonathan Desbiens has five goals over his last three games, while Liam Blackburn has 14 points during an eight-game point streak. Each player has five points against the Vipers this season.

The Warriors have beaten Andrew Shortridge twice, and Brendan Barry once this season, and no word as of yet who is getting the start tonight. Shortridge missed last weekends action with an injury. Matthew Greenfield allowed just a pair of goals when he beat Vernon two weeks ago.

The Warriors were banged up last weekend as well, but Rylan Yaremko returned Monday against Red Bull Salzburg. Garrett Forster and Jake LeBrun were the scratches.

After tonight, West Kelowna hosts Chilliwack tomorrow at Royal LePage Place, where a lucky fan will have a chance in the T-Rex TEN GRAND SHOOTOUT in the second intermission.

Next week, the Warriors will begin seven straight games on the road, putting 2,636 kilometres on the bus over a 10-day period, plus a trip to Penticton to wrap it up on February 12th. West Kelowna plays four of their last five at home.

Stats Pack:

Vernon – 18-23-0-3

HOME – 10-11-0-2
ROAD – 8-12-0-1

Top Scorers
Odeen Tufto (20 G, 31 A)
Liam Finlay (12 G, 23 A)
Jimmy Lambert (14 G, 16 A)

GF – 142
GA – 154

PP – 5th – 48 for 211 (22.7%)
PK – 15th – 151 for 200 (75.5%)

West Kelowna – 26-15-0-2

HOME – 15-7-0-1
ROAD – 11-8-0-1

Top Scorers
Liam Blackburn (23 G, 34 A)
Jonathan Desbiens (29 G, 21 A)
Kylar Hope (19 G, 28 A)

GF - 169
GA – 145

PP – 3rd – 47 for 202 (23.3%)
PK – 7th – 181 for 221 (81.9%)

Next Game – Saturday January 23rd
Vs. Chilliwack – 7 PM Royal LePage Place

Head-to-Head Lifetime – West Kelowna is 31-24-2-6 vs. Vernon All-Time
Warriors are 11-15-2-4 All-Time vs the Vipers at Kal Tire Place

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