The West Kelowna Warriors again scored only one goal on the night but it was good enough for the 1-0 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs.
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1) GOALTENDING CLINIC
Tuesday was a night belonging to both netminders. Mark Sinclair held his own nicely for the Chiefs, making 29 saves on 30 shots for his club and giving them a chance to get a road victory. The 20 year-old had to make many grade ‘A’ quality saves in the opening period that could’ve changed the game but he stood tall. One thing I noticed in his game was his calmness. He didn’t scramble in his crease, he was in terrific position to face every shot and was beat on a deflection in overtime.
Okay, let’s get to the Warriors crease now and Shane Farkas. He was perfect, stopping all 42 shots he faced in this one and going back to last Friday against the Penticton Vees, Farkas is now 71 for his last 72. That’s ridiculous. Not to mention this was his first BCHL shutout so just an average Tuesday night for the 17 year-old. He made a few fantastic glove saves and made a particularly fantastic save in the 3rd period with the game scoreless. Farkas was able to get a right pad on a shot from the slot from Jesse Lansdell after a centering pass from behind the goal. Just as Sinclair, it wasn’t flashy or scrambly, but it was sound and the young goaltender looked like he was a seasoned vet. Absolutely stellar performance in a game that, even though it is early in the year, was a big one for the Warriors.
2) ONE GOAL GOOD ENOUGH
The Warriors offence is still searching for a game to break out but a win is a win after all, at least to the media and fans it is, and the two points looks good no matter what the score was. Because of Farkas’ dominance, the Warriors were given the chance to win it with just one goal and that is exactly what they did. Reed Gunville has now scored all of the Warriors goals in their last two games and looked very comfortable on the top line with Quin Foreman and Connor Sodergren, a trio that I’m sure we will see again as they had a good amount of scoring chances.
It will be very interesting to see how the offence fairs and if it can break out after a victory and against a struggling team in the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night at RLP. I thought there some positives to come out of the exciting yet low scoring game between the Chiefs and Warriors and one of those may be confidence and that could play a huge part in scoring some goals. Still only three goals on the homestand but a win makes things look a lot nicer.
My takeaways from tonight are a lot of good things and not many bad. Yes, only one goal was scored but the performance by Shane Farkas can mask that for the moment. It still, even a day later, is remarkable to think back at his dominance with 42 saves. The power play, despite going 0/3 on the night, had some good movement to it and creating many good looks. The penalty kill finally got the result is had so desired and deserved to get over the last couple of games, going 5/5 and shut down the Chiefs potential high octane weapons.
Speaking of that, Jordan Kawaguchi and Kale Kane, two of the most high powered offensive threats for the Chiefs, were minimized by the Warriors defense and goaltending. Two of the most impressive PKers on the night, in my opinion, were Peter Tomaras and Mitchell Barker. Tomaras I thought had his best game of junior hockey. He played the energy role perfectly and coach Rylan Ferster gave him some extra minutes because of that. It was a hard working win for a hard working team.
West Kelowna (5-3-0-0) will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2-6-0-0) at 7:00 PM at Royal LePage Place. Pre game starts at 6:50 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and FASTHockey.com.