The West Kelowna Warriors win streak was halted at five games on Friday night as they were shut out by a 4-0 score to the Trail Smoke Eaters at Cominco Arena.
Game photos tonight provided by Randy Emery with the Trail Smoke Eaters. A big thanks goes out to Randy for providing game photos for every game in Trail and giving some life to games in Cominco Arena for the Warriors:
1) 20 BAD MINUTES
There’s no way around a 4-0 loss but when you look at the game as whole, one thing sticks out as an oddity and tonight, that was the Warriors 2nd period. A three-goal period that was hard to rebound from where the Smokies took over for a bit under five minutes and tallied three goals in that span. The 2nd period was one to forget on all levels for the Warriors with tempers flaring with a bit over a minute and a half remaining in the frame as Parm Dhaliwal and Ross Armour dropped the gloves along with a pair of other scrums developing as the ruckus continued. The Smoke Eaters capitalized on their momentum and cashed in for three goals and the Warriors offense was not clicking on this night. Linden Marshall was very good for the Smokies and was the better goaltender on this night as it was a tough night for the Warriors to endure and a tough end to what was a good winning streak they had going.
2) SHAKING THIS ONE OFF
The Warriors had some good looks in the opening period but this game could be one to shake off and with a bit of a break in between games, it’s a good chance to regroup and come out for two big games next week against the Centennials. It’s a game in which the Warriors had two first period power plays and needed to find a way to get some momentum on those, or the 16 shots they threw on goal in the opening period but couldn’t find a way to do so and the Smokies (with big help from Kale Howarth) were the team that found momentum and scored four times. Howarth was a beast on the night with two goals and flew everywhere around the ice with his line (Josh Laframboise and Luke Santerno) looked great all night long, a line in which the Warriors contained on Thursday night but could not quite do the same on Friday.
My takeaways from Friday night’s 4-0-shutout loss for the Warriors to the Smoke Eaters was that the Smokies took advantage of the special teams with two power play goals and used a three-goal 2nd period to vault them to a victory, one which seemed like a tough one for the Warriors to get. The Warriors will need to rebound for a big couple of games next weekend but couldn’t quite crack the safe that was Cominco Arena this season, finishing 0-3 in Trail on the year and 3-0 vs. the Smokies on home ice this season.
The Warriors kick-off the New Year with another home-and-home as they take on the Merritt Centennials with the first game going at Royal LePage Place on Friday, January 6th for a 7:00 PM face-off with the two teams doing it all again for a rare 8:00 PM puck drop in Merritt the next night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.