Warriors trim down to final roster for BCHL 2010-11 season

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Westside Warriors head coach Darren Yopyk will have a few more decisions to make this week before deciding on his club’s final roster for the 2010-11 BCHL campaign.

The evaluation process will continue tonight (Wednesday) as the Warriors host the Merritt Centennials in pre-season action. Face off at Royal LePage is 7:30 p.m.

The teams will square off again Friday in Merritt was the Warriors close out their exhibition schedule.

Yopyk released four players over the weekend, reducing the camp roster to 28 players—15 forwards, 10 defencemen and three goaltenders.

With a few cuts still to be made, Yopyk has a pretty firm idea on what his final 23-man list will look like.

“There are a few spots still open, but we’re pretty much settled on who’s going to be here,” said Yopyk, in his second season as the Warriors head coach, first as GM.

“I like where we are. We have a pretty good corps of returning players and a few new pieces that we think will fit in well.”

The Warriors’ first two pre-season game produced mixed results. At home Friday, Westside downed the rival Penticton Vees 6-1. A night later, the Vees returned the favour with a 9-1 win at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Yopyk doesn’t put too much stock into game scores before the start of the regular season.

“One night you have our A team against their B guys, then the next night it’s our B team against their A, so you really don’t get a true picture, it’s pretty tricky,” said Yopyk.

“It’s exhibition hockey and, overall, we’re pretty happy with our effort. We saw some things we wanted to see, and we’re moving in the right direction.”

The Warriors kick off the BCHL regular campaign Friday, Sept. 10 at home to Penticton.

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