Warriors launch campaign vs Vees

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The 2010-11 edition of the Westside Warriors will feature ample depth on the back end as they launch the BCHL regular season this weekend with a home-and-away set this weekend against the rival Penticton Vees.

The clubs face off this Friday at 7 at Royal LePage Place, then will meet for a rematch Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

With the acquisitions of veterans Tom Kroshus (Camrose, AJHL) and Matt Cronin (Drumheller, AJHL), and the additions of 17-year-old blue liners Brayden Sherbinin (Nelson Leafs) and Michael King (Prince George midget), head coach and GM Darren Yopyk is confident the Warriors will be in good hands defensively.

“Our D corps is exceptional,” said Yopyk. “We should be able to move the puck pretty well and also play a pretty physical game.”

Yopyk said a solid work ethic and a physical approach will be the key to his team’s success this season in the always competitive Interior Division.

The Warriors, who finished third last season, will be led into battle by veteran forwards Alex Grieve, Kyle Singleton and Grayson Downing.

Newcomer Kevin Boyle from New Jersey and returnee Cam Gorchinski will handle duties between the pipes.

As for opening the new campaign against the Vees, Yopyk said there’s no better test for his charges. “They’re a very good team, they’ve acquired a lot of players, and once again they’re a team to beat,” Yopyk said. “We’re going to get right at it here off the start and see how we stack up.”

The Warriors, who dropped a 5-4 contest to the Centennials Saturday night in Merritt, finished the exhibition season with a 2-2 record.

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