The West Kelowna Warriors looked like they were set for their 6th victory of the season, but the Salmon Arm Silverbacks had other ideas and erased a four goal deficit and beat the Warriors 5-4 in overtime on Friday night.
Photos from tonight are courtesy of Chris Fowler with Pure Life Photography in Salmon Arm, big thanks to him for sharing these awesome pictures:
1) ANOTHER ONE THAT GOT AWAY
I said the same thing about Saturday night’s game against the Vipers, and i’ll say it again about this one, the Warriors should’ve come away with 2 points tonight. A 4-0 lead in the early part of the 2nd period should stand up, and 99% of the time it will, but of course tonight was the 1%. Honestly, the Warriors didn’t really have a meltdown like you would think that would go along with giving up a four goal lead, they just really didn’t get any timely saves when they really needed them. A couple of the goals tonight I think Xavier Burghardt would like back, but it just is so unfortunate to see the Warriors finally put up some goals and couldn’t come away with the win.
Obviously you cannot blame the entire Silverback comeback on the Warrior netminder as many factors came into play but an ill advised penalty in overtime by Mitch Martan didn’t help the cause for the Warriors. West Kelowna also had two late power plays in regulation to try and give themselves a lead but couldn’t quite capitalize on those, so it was a lot of things that led to another winless game for West-K.
2) QUICK TURNAROUND
The good thing about these home-and-home sets (for players that is, not so much broadcasters who have to type everything out) is that there isn’t much time to dwell on this game and the Warriors can completely forget about with a victory on Saturday night at home to these same ‘Backs as the two teams meet about 22 hours after they last saw each other and this is also the third time in less than two weeks that the Warriors and ‘Backs meet. The good thing for the Warriors is they can put this one on the back burner and especially if they win Saturday, this won’t sting as painfully as it would if this weekend ends the same as the last one.
My guess would be that we see entirely different starting goaltenders as Saturday as Shane Farkas sounds like the option for the Warriors while I don’t know for sure, but after the performance that Trevin Kozlowski had, I’d imagine him getting the crease Saturday, though I could very well be wrong. I’m sure a few lineup changes will be had for both sides as well, especially since I don’t remember seeing Silverback D-man Riley Hayles play a shift in the third period.
Overall, this game deserved to be the Warriors but they just couldn’t find a way to close it out, whether it be with saves or that one extra goal. Give credit to a very large character win for the ‘Backs, who were without six regulars for tonight. That was a gritty effort to go along with the great performance made by Kozlowski and his 26 saves in relief. Tonight was also the third straight game the Warriors have pumped 40+ shots on goal over the last week and a bit.
It was nice to see the offence take a charge tonight, spearheaded by Dartmouth commit Quin Foreman, who had three assists in the game. Reed Gunville found the back of the net once while Peter Tomaras and Blake Coffey both tallied their first career BCHL goals. Even though they didn’t hit the scoresheet, I really liked the play of Parm Dhaliwal and Braiden Epp tonight as both we’re always around the puck and displayed quick hands in tight on wraparound tries.
Saturday’s game goes at 7:00 PM from Royal LePage Place to conclude the home-and-home set between the Warriors and ‘Backs with pre game at 6:50 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and HockeyTV.com.