The West Kelowna Warriors knocked off the Vernon Vipers by a 5-2 margin on Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place in what was a frustrating start, but a mid-game takeover that worked well in the Warriors favour.
- The Warriors had the first 5 shots on goal, but after an unreal save from Matthew Greenfield, the Vipers seemed to take command of the opening period, with a 13-11 edge after the first on the shot clock. The power plays were even at 2 after the opening frame but the Vipers had the better looks on the man advantage.
- The two quick goals in 8 seconds really sparked the Warriors, as a brilliant shot from Blackburn made it 2-2, before Jonathan Desbiens slapped a rolling puck past Brendan Barry to take the lead. It was an odd set of circumstances with a pair of face-offs leading to the scoring, but a crucial moment in the game nonetheless.
- Matthew Greenfield's 1st period save was maybe the best of the year, and he followed that up with some solid saves throughout the game. The Warriors allowed less than 30 shots for the first time in a few games as well, which was a regular occurrence early on this season. It was good to see the Warriors play tighter on defence, but it helped that they had the puck a lot throughout the night as well.
- A big weekend ahead for West Kelowna with a match-up against Trail and a visit to Salmon Arm on Friday and Saturday. The Warriors will need to take advantage of a road-weary Smoke Eaters team who plays on Thursday in Prince George, before coming to West Kelowna. The Saturday night battle will be a very big 4-point game at the Shaw Centre, but the Warriors need to be careful to not overlook Friday night.