The West Kelowna Warriors wrap up their 2016 calendar year and their season series with a visit to Cominco Arena to take on the Trail Smoke Eaters to end a home-and-home series.
Friday, September 9th @ Royal LePage Place (3-1 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)
Saturday, September 10th @ Cominco Arena (8-5 Smoke Eaters) (BOXSCORE)
Saturday, November 5th @ Royal LePage Place (5-3 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)
Thursday, November 10th @ Cominco Arena (5-3 Smoke Eaters) (BOXSCORE)
Thursday, December 29th @ Royal LePage Place (3-2 Warriors/2OT) (BOXSCORE)
Friday, December 30th @ Cominco Arena (7:30 PM)
The Warriors come into Friday night’s contest with five straight victories and the latest coming just last night at home against the Smokies. Chase Dubois deflected in a power play goal in the first period before Trail tied the game only to have the Warriors take the lead in the 3rd period with a Jake Harrison marker when Trail again tied the game. In double overtime, Connor Sodergren potted his 12th goal of the season to give the Warriors the win with Shane Farkas making 36 saves on 38 shots for his 12th win of the season and his 6th in a row.
The Warriors and Smoke Eaters battle for the final time in the regular season when they hit the ice in Cominco Arena on Friday. West Kelowna holds a slight 3-2 edge in the season series after last night’s 3-2 double overtime win and have won each of the three games played in West Kelowna at Royal LePage Place while the Smokies have won each of the first two games played in Trail, a building in which the Smoke Eaters are 10-8-0-1 in this season.
Teams may want to be on high alert now that Chase Dubois has found the score sheet as the 18-year-old potted his 10th goal of the season on Thursday, snapping a season long 11 game goalless drought in the process (and had also gone nine games without a point). The goal could start a trend for the youngster as the last time he had scored, he couldn’t stop, scoring 6 times in 7 games.
Special teams were a big factor in the Warriors double overtime victory over the Smokies on Thursday night with Dubois’ marker being a power play goal and the penalty kill went 5/5. None a bigger time for the PK to step up than in the 2nd period when the Warriors had just given up the 2nd goal for the Smokies and were called for a penalty, in fact ending in a 5-on-3 man advantage for Trail. The Warriors penalty kill came up with a huge effort and kept the game tied until Sodergren’s heroics.
The Smoke Eaters had goals come from Ross Armour and former Warrior Mitchell Barker, who scored his 2nd goal in as many games back at RLP since being released from West Kelowna and picked up by Trail. Zach Dyment made 37 saves on 40 shots in the losing cause, his 14th dropped game of the season and his 5th game in a row in which he has lost.
The December struggles continue for the Smokies as they dropped to a 1-5-0-2 record over the course of the month although getting some great news before last night’s contest that defensemen Jeremy Lucchini would return and made his triumphant comeback in the game at RLP. The 19-year-old earned an assist on the game-tying goal in the 2nd period and played plenty of minutes after missing the first 36 games of the season with an injury and the Smoke Eaters were happy to see his presence back in the lineup.
The Warriors and Smoke Eaters drop the puck at 7:30 PM tonight from Cominco Arena in Trail with the game presented live on the Warriors Internet Network with play-by-play voice Trevor Miller and can be seen on hockeytv.com for pay-per-view purchase. The Warriors return home to RLP on Friday, January 7th with a visit from the Merritt Centennials, their final regular season game in Royal LePage Place this season.