The West Kelowna Warriors, despite being down in numbers, picked up a big win by a 5-3 score against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday night from Royal LePage Place.
Photos tonight provided by Castanet’s Wayne Moore:
1) COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT
The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders tonight to pick up a hard earned 5-3 victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters and did it with a complete effort from everyone. Yes, Chase Dubois carried the mail with his hat trick and Quin Foreman scored twice but tonight was a complete team effort to get the victory. Young guys (like Dubois) relishing in the opportunity to play more minutes with the likes of Epp, Dhaliwal, Gunville and Harrison out of the lineup and they stepped up in a big way. Defensively, the charge was led by captain Nick Rutigliano along with Scott Allan and Tyler Jutting helping the cause on the back end. Speaking of young players, Shane Farkas played well and made the saves he had to make en route to 24 saves and his 5th victory of the season.
2) THE GOAL SCORERS
As much as tonight was a full team effort, the Warriors got goals from two players tonight and Chase Dubois and Quin Foreman deserve their time in the spotlight. Let’s start with Dubois, a skilled 18-year old forward that made the Smokies life miserable tonight with a hat-trick and to top it off (get the pun?), the Warriors forward scored two highlight reel markers with his 3rd goal of the evening maybe the best:
Quin Foreman has again risen to the occasion for his hockey club, this time it was in the way of two third period goals (as was the case on Wednesday night) and the sophomore forward has already tied his career high in goals with 13 and surpassed his career high in points with 27 in 31 fewer games. He’s been the offensive powerhouse for the Warriors this season and the line of himself along with Connor Sodergren and Matthew Campese is starting to give opposing defenses nightmares. Here’s Foreman’s first goal of the 3rd period, his 12th of the season and the eventual game winner:
My takeaways from tonight were that this team came together and fouund a way, despite being very undermanned and came away with a big two points, putting them two points behind the Smokies for 2nd place in the Interior Division. This team played a full 60 minutes tonight and will need the same energy tomorrow but depth guys like Peter Tomaras and Jordan Todd did a remarkable job of keeping the energy up while you can’t feel good enough for a guy like Chase Dubois to come away with the hat-trick. A+ effort from the Warriors and they are rewarded with their fourth straight victory.
West Kelowna is back in action well in not very long for a matinee on Sunday afternoon against the Prince George Spruce Kings as former Warriors Brett Mennear, Tyler Anderson and Tanner Campbell return to RLP for the first time since being dealt up north. Puck drop is slated for 2:30 PM with the pre game getting underway at 2:20 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and hockeytv.com with a post game skate with the Warriors available after the game wraps up tomorrow afternoon.