The West Kelowna Warriors hit the road for the first time in 21 days as they hop on the “iron lung” to head to Salmon Arm to face-off against the Silverbacks at the Shaw Centre.
Friday, October 7th @ Royal LePage Place (5-3 Silverbacks)
Friday, October 14th @ Shaw Centre (7:00 PM)
Saturday, October 15th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, November 2nd @ Shaw Centre (7:00 PM)
Tuesday, December 6th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)
Wednesday, February 15th @ Shaw Centre (7:00 PM)
Saturday, February 25th @ Shaw Centre (7:00 PM)
The Warriors and Silverbacks have met once on the season, with Salmon Arm taking the game by a 5-3 final last Friday at RLP. West Kelowna made a valiant comeback effort after trailing 3-1 in the first but could not complete it fully. Reed Gunville, Chase Dubois and Connor Sodergren all tallied in the 5-3 loss to the ‘Backs while Shane Farkas and Xavier Burghardt split the game in goal with Burghardt getting saddled with the loss. (HIGHLIGHTS)
West Kelowna will look to put the bad memories of a 1-4 home stand behind them heading into this home-and-home with the Silverbacks. The Warriors completed the five game stretch with a 3-2 loss to the Vernon Vipers, a game in which the Warriors fired 43 shots on goal but Vernon goaltender Cole Demers was excellent, making 41 saves in the victory. Braiden Epp scored his first two goals as a member of the Warriors while Xavier Burghardt made 36 saves in the defeat.
The Warriors will look to continue the recent success they have had on the man advantage as the PP has scored in each of the last two games and three times overall (four if you include the goal the Warriors scored just as the PP was expiring against the Vipers on Saturday night). The hope is that the recent success on the PP can spark a bit over to the PK, as the Warriors penalty kill has been burned quite often over the last couple of games, sitting in 15th in the BCHL overall at 71.7%. Looks can be deceiving in this case as the Warrior PK has looked good with no issues coming in their structure, but the result just hasn’t been there. West Kelowna is hoping that takes a turn for the better this weekend.
Salmon Arm enters tonight with a 4-7-0-0 record after a 4-1 loss on Wednesday night to the Trail Smoke Eaters. Riley Hayles’ first BCHL goal was the only tally as Zach Dyment was again strong in net for the Smokies, making 34 saves for the victory, his 4th win of the season. Trevin Kozlowski made 31 saves in the defeat for the ‘Backs, dropping his 2nd game of the season.
It’ll be a battle of Xavier Burghardt vs. Brandon Kegler tonight in between the pipes at the Shaw Centre. West Kelowna will be without defensemen Michael Ryan and Jake Harrison tonight along with forwards Matthew Campese and Marshall Wilton. Insert into the lineup 17 year-old defensemen in the likes of Wyatt Head. The 6’3, 180 pound rearguard has 3 goals and 7 points in 6 games played with the BC Major Midget League’s Okanagan Rockets,
The Silverbacks are banged up as well, to say the least, as they will be without six regulars tonight including forwards Josh Blanchard, Josh Latta, Carson Bolduc along with defensemen Carter Cochrane, Julian Timba and Cameron Trott. Add into the lineup newcomer defensemen Landon Fuller, who played one game this season with the Tri City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Also add forwards Colton Thomas and Brett Didyk into the lineup for the ‘Backs tonight. Thomas plays his hockey with the 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL and has two goals and 5 points in 8 games while Didyk plays with the Vancouver North East Chiefs in the BCMML and has amassed 1 assist in just two games played there this season.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM while pre game starts at 6:50 PM on the Warriors Internet Network with free live audio and also on pay-per-view video on HockeyTV.com (formely known as FASTHockey). The links for both can be found at the top of this page. The Warriors and ‘Backs conclude their home-and-home set Saturday night back in West Kelowna at Royal LePage Place.