The West Kelowna Warriors opened their pre season up on Wednesday night and were saddled with a 2-0 loss to the Penticton Vees.
Photos from tonight’s game by Penticton Vees photographer Cherie Morgan:
This is a look at how the blog will be after every game, with all the links, interviews, photos and recaps you can handle. Also, my three thoughts on the game to give fans a bit of a more in depth look beyond the boxscore.
The Warriors didn’t have much in the way of offense tonight but that didn’t stop the tandem of Brad Otton and Matt Vernon from excelling in the blue paint. Otton got the start in tonight’s game and was very solid, making 16 of 17 saves before his night came to an end halfway through the 2nd period. The one that squeaked by, a Desi Burgart deflection on a nice spin around pass from Josh Elliot, was tough for anyone to save and a very structural effort put forth by Otton.
Vernon was a bit more flashy when it came down to it but he was sparkling in the Warrior blue paint as well, turning aside 19 of 20 shots he faced in the game, including being helped out by a post late in the 3rd. Vernon made about three or four dazzling saves over the course of his night and was very entertaining to watch.
2) IT’S STILL AUGUST
Something that gets somewhat lost when a new hockey season is upon us is that it is still the end of summer. It was 30 degrees when the Warriors bus pulled up to the SOEC tonight and, especially at points in the first period, this game was unpolished and a bit sloppy but it’s still good to iron out some of the kinks early and hope to get that behind you as the regular season opener of September 9th approaches fast.
It’s always tough to judge on these types of games but this game meant a lot to these players to throw on a Warriors jersey and get some Junior ‘A’ time in. And the Warriors came out and decided to hit everything that was wearing white. Right off of the opening faceoff, West-K had a physical approach and they did not shy away from any chance to get a good check in on a Vee forward or defender.
The Warriors will be back on the ice on Friday when they take on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and there will be a broadcast! FASTHockey will be carrying Friday’s game on pay-per-view as you can join me and my colour commentator Sheldon Bank at 6:55 pm for a bit of a pre game show before puck drop at 7:00 pm PST. Tickets are only $5 but if you can’t make it to the rink, we’ve got you covered!