The West Kelowna Warriors comeback bid fell short in their 5-3 loss to the Trail Smoke Eaters on Thursday night at Cominco Arena.
Game photos courtesy of Randy Emery with the Trail Smoke Eaters:
1) NEEDING A GOOD START
The Warriors needed a much better start than what they got on Thursday night, as that’s now two straight rough first periods going back to Sunday afternoon against the Prince George Spruce Kings. Credit to the club for a big second period with three goals, after allowing four in the 1st period,but just couldn’t find the equalizer at the right time. It’s tough to climb from behind when allowing the game’s first four goals in the opening period but the Warriors found the strength to get three, but just not four on this night as Josh Laframboise’s power play just 1:21 after Quin Foreman scored to make it a 4-3 game was a real momentum killer for the Warriors. Everything was rolling on their side and looked like they could tie the game before the Laframboise PP marker. Also, credit is due to Warriors AP back-up netminder Josh Bolding, who plays with the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL. He played very well in relief of Shane Farkas, as he exited after 20 minutes on Thursday, and he did a great job in keeping the game close, making 20 saves on 21 shots in his BCHL debut.
2) LONG, MUCH DESERVED LAYOFF
The Warriors played their only game of the week on Thursday night as they will have a full week to prepare for a big stretch of six games in nine days upcoming with the Vernon Vipers and Wenatchee WIld in town next weekend. It’s a good break for a team dealing with the injury bug and should get some players back ahead of the weekend and make their roster start to look like normal again. But a break from the game action could be just what this team needs before they head into their busiest stretch of the schedule, and maybe their toughest stretch of the season where they see some very good teams.
My takeaways from Thursday night were that the Warriors did a great job to come back and get the game within one goal in the 2nd period, but they need to be better in game’s opening frame. That’s now 7 goals against in the last two 1st periods the Warriors have played and you just can’t expect to win when you’re behind the eight ball that quickly and by that much. BUt this team has shown the ability to make things interesting and get back into the game when behind but playing the teams they do over the next little stretch, which includes Wenatchee and Penticton, the Warriors will have to bring their ‘A’ game and getting some players back from injury will help that a lot.
West Kelowna will enjoy the long layoff before they are back in action next Friday, November 18th for a game against the Vernon Vipers. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with the pre game starting at 6:50 PM while the game can be heard for free on the Warriors Internet Network or watched online via hockeytv.com.