The West Kelowna Warriors took four of a possible six points on their three-game Island road trip with a 2-1 overtime victory on Sunday afternoon at the “Dog Pound” against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
1) A HARD FOUGHT EFFORT
In a span of 3 games in 2 1/2 days, energy can be hard to find but the Warriors dug deep and battled hard for two points on Sunday afternoon. After the Bulldogs opened the scoring late in the first period, the Warriors found a way to get the game tied in the 2nd period thanks to Reed Gunville’s steal on an Alberni Valley miscommunication. The Warriors pushed in the third period before having to kill off an overtime penalty, which they did very well and got a power play of their own and that’s when this happened:
2) GETTING ON TRACK
This weekend was just what the Warriors needed to get back on track with two big wins against both Cowichan Valley and Alberni Valley. Goaltending was locked down throughout the weekend with Trevor Martin’s solid first two starts and Shane Farkas dialed it in for the victory on Sunday, maybe an overlooked performance from the 17-year old, who didn’t have to make any highlight reel stops but made the saves he had to make to keep the game within reach and tied after the Warriors hit the score sheet. Veterans stepped up this weekend as Braiden Epp, Connor Sodergren, Quin Foreman and Matt Campese all had impactful games along with the scoring prowess of Reed Gunville and Chase Dubois. The Warriors hope this weekend is just a kickstart to a busy week over the course of the next seven days and it certainly seems like this could get the ball rolling in the Warriors favour.
My takeaways from Sunday afternoon were that this was a team that was clearly fatigued but battled through the pain and tiredness to pick up a much needed two points and four of the six possible points on the weekend. The Warriors now sit one point behind the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for 5th in the Interior Division and needed that weekend to get back on track and now sit with a 7-9-0-1 record. The Warriors and ‘Backs meet on Wednesday night from the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm to wrap up a four game road trip for the Tribe before heading home for two games this weekend against the Trail Smoke Eaters and the Prince George Spruce Kings at RLP. All games can be heard for free on the Warriors Internet Network and hockeytv.com.