The West Kelowna Warriors scored a season-high six goals including four points from Matt Campese for the 6-3 victory over the Surrey Eagles.
Game photos from Thursday night courtesy of Damon James of the BCHL:
Thursday night was a season-high 6 goals for the Warriors and a particular Warrior may be finding his scoring touch, at the right time. Matt Campese had two goals and two assists and now has four goals in his last three games. If this is the start of something big, look out because he may be feeling it right now. Parm Dhaliwal opened the scoring in his homecoming and had two assists for a three point game. The Surrey native played in front of many family and friends and it showed as he was excellence along with Campese and Chase Dubois, who had himself a three point night with three assists. Head coach Rylan Ferster put the trio together in the 2nd period of the game and it worked out very well as this skilled and speedy unit gelled well in their limited time together. Connor Sodergren and Quin Foreman had a new linemate in the likes of Chase Stevenson and they played well together as well, not missing a beat. Braiden Epp looked energized in his return to lineup after a six-game suspension while Cavin Tilsley also had a pep in his step not playing far from home as a Delta native.
2) WINNING SPECIAL TEAMS
One of the biggest questions entering the night for the Warriors was the special teams as Surrey is ranked #1 in the BCHL in PP % at 30.7 and the Warrior PK did a fantastic job at keeping them at bay on Thursday night. The power play was mostly kept to the outside and the Warrior PK did a terrific job at not giving up much through the middle. The Warrior PP also won their battle, going 1/4 on the goal by Kleysen. The Warrior PP had numerous amounts of looks to be even better than the 1/4 they finished the game at, including a couple of very good looks for Quin Foreman backdoor but just couldn’t convert on them.
My takeaways from Thursday night are that this team may be finding it’s scoring touch and now would be the right time to do so. Nik Amundrud was great for a third straight night while the youngsters + Campese made the game look easy tonight. The Olympic sized ice definitely made a bit of a difference as the Warriors in their own zone weren’t as we are accustomed to seeing them but nonetheless, it’s a huge win for the Warriors and puts them two points back of 2nd place in the Interior Division. The Warriors are back at it Friday night with a matchup against the Langley Rivermen. Puck drop is slated for 7:15 PM which means the pre-game show gets underway at 7:05 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and hockeytv.com.