3 Thoughts: Spruce Kings @ Warriors Game #20

The West Kelowna Warriors had their four game winning streak come to a halt on Sunday afternoon as former Warriors burned their ex-club in a 6-1 victory by the Prince George Spruce Kings.





Photo from Sunday courtesy of Wayne Moore of Castanet:


Also from Sunday, some great shots from Ken Reid of Greystoke Photography from the Warriors post game skate with their fans:







It was pretty clear that ex-Warriors Brett Mennear, Tyler Anderson and Tanner Campbell had a bit of extra meaning to this matchup as it was the first time each of those players have returned to Royal LePage Place since being traded either last season, in the off-season or early this season and they made no mistake making life difficult for the current Warriors. This was a Spruce King club that had come off of two straight one goal losses and were a bit frustrated coming into Sunday afternoon’s affair. The trio of Mennear, Anderson and Campbell combined for 3 of the Spruce Kings 6 goals and amassed a total of 5 points on the day in the victory and the Warriors didn’t really have an answer. But plenty of credit has to be given to PG, they came out of the gate hard (the Warriors didn’t get their first shot on goal until the 9:17 mark of the 1st period) and got two big power play goals in the first period to push them onto a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes and continued onto the win.


The Spruce Kings played well and deserved the two points on Sunday afternoon but the Warriors had a couple of chances (in my mind) to get themselves into the game and give themselves a chance to try and continue their winning streak. The first, and maybe the most missed chance, was Chase Dubois shot in the first period when Prince George was up by a goal. Jared Marino’s left circle shot was stopped by Stefan Wornig but the rebound was kicked right out to Dubois who missed an open goal wide to the right side. I think if that had gone in, we would’ve seen a completely different game than what eventually unfolded. If that were on Dubois’ stick on Saturday night, that puck likely would’ve gone in but unfortunately for the Warriors, that wasn’t the way things were going to go on Sunday.

I thought the Warriors had another opportunity in the 2nd period when the game was 3-0 and maybe could’ve rallied back if they had converted on a pair of power plays but couldn’t find the back of the goal. despite some pretty good looks. Connor Sodergren might have had the best chance for the Warriors to score as he had some room at the bottom of the left circle and just shot the puck high over Wornig’s glove side, narrowly missing his 8th goal of the season. The chances were there for the Warriors but it just wasn’t in the cards on Sunday afternoon.


My takeaways from Sunday’s game were that the Warriors didn’t start the game with the same intensity as their counterparts from Prince George displayed and had to kill off too many penalties in order to win this game and I’m sure (at least I can say for myself) that the Warriors are glad they will only see Mennear, Anderson and Campbell (along with the rest of the Spruce Kings) one more time in the regular season. Everyone has an off day and for the Warriors, that day came Sunday but the team will get a boost with the return of Parm Dhaliwal from a suspension and will look ahead to Thursday night.

Speaking of Thursday night, the Warriors hit the road for the 4+ hour trip to the Kootenay’s to take on the Trail Smoke Eaters for the second time in 5 days and their only game of the week. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with the pre-game show starting at 6:50 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and hockeytv.com. West Kelowna returns home Friday, November 18th when they host the Vernon Vipers.



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