Warriors' defenceman Jake Harrison deflects a shot in front of goaltender Keelan Williams in exhibition action against Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) U20 on Monday at Royal LePage Place.

Austrians hold off late charge by Warriors

Touring U20 team from Salzburg beats West Kelowna in first game of exhibition series against BCHL teams Monday at Royal LePage

The West Kelowna Warriors had a break from the grind of the BCHL schedule this week as they played host to a touring team from Austria in an exhibition game Monday at Royal LePage Place.

The touring Red Bull Salzburg U20 team displayed plenty of speed and skill en route to an 8-6 win over the hometown Warriors.

It was the first of four games for the Austrians against BCHL opponents over the next week.

Red Bull built up a quick 4-0 lead on West Kelowna after 20 minutes, then stretched it to 8-1 before the Warriors rallied to make a game of it.

The Warriors scored the last five goals, while outshooting the Austrians 21-10 in the third period, to make it close.

Meanwhile, the Warriors went into Monday’s exhibition riding a three-game BCHL winning streak.

After convincing 9-4 victory at home to Trail on Friday, the Warriors edged the Silverbacks 2-1 in Salmon Arm. Rookie defenceman Jake Harrison scored the game winner at 1:46 of the 3-on-3 session. Matthew Greenfield was superb in the West Kelowna net making 42 saves.

The Warriors (26-15-2-0) return to action Friday when they visit the Vernon Vipers.

On Saturday, West Kelowna is home to the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Face off at Royal LePage is 7 p.m.

 

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