The West Kelowna Warriors busted out of their seven-game winless stretch with a big 3-2 win on Saturday night in Duncan against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
1) A WIN… FINALLY
After 25 days, the Warriors finally pulled away with a W after a terrific team effort and a 3-2 win. They got timely scoring in the likes of Gunville, Dubois and Epp with three goals in 2:02 and Trevor Martin was outstanding with 35 saves in his first victory as a Warrior. Special teams was perfect for the Warriors tonight with the PP showing up and going 2/5 and the PK with a perfect 4/4 performance. Let’s talk a bit about the PK, which hung tight and really never gave the Caps a sniff at the goal when up a man, which is impressive with Cowichan Valley’s PP coming in with the 3rd ranked PP in the league. The likes of Peter Tomaras, Connor Sodergren, Jon Russell and Braiden Epp were among the PKers that did an effective job of shutting down the Caps potent PP. The Warriors couldn’t have played much better than they did tonight and they deservedly came away with the two points.
2) EVERYONE PLAYING THEIR ROLE
The Warriors got their key players playing key roles tonight as Quin Foreman (2 assists), Reed Gunville (a goal and an assist) and Braiden Epp (one goal) did their part while Chase Dubois’ confidence may starting to raise after another big game tonight with a highlight reel goal and goals in back-to-back games. Trevor Martin continued his good play into tonight, including a big pad stop in the dyer moments to preserve the 3-2 victory. The energy line of Tomaras-Jordan Todd-Marshall Wilton was excellent as well, creating a couple of good chances and giving the Warriors top lines a chance to rest, which could be a big deal heading into tomorrow.
My takeaways from tonight were that this team’s efforts were finally rewarded and finally got a win. They played maybe the best game of the season and got the deserving result and will get some confidence heading into Alberni tomorrow when they conclude their three-game Island road trip in search of four of a possible six points with a matchup against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Puck drop is 2:00 PM tomorrow from Port Alberni with pre-game starting at 1:50 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and hockeytv.com.