Warriors extinguish Smoke Eaters

Garrett Forster and Liam Blackburn lead the way as West Kelowna wins big Tuesday at LePage

The West Kelowna Warriors got five points each from Garrett Forster and Liam Blackburn in an 8-3 BCHL win over the Trail Smoke Eaters Tuesday night in West Kelowna.

Trail opened the scoring in the first period, when Harlan Orr snapped a screen shot past Forbes Ploszaj at 2:48.

West Kelowna would respond with a power-play goal of their own at 6:19, when Jonathan Desbiens potted his first of the season by sliding one along the ice and past Linden Marshall.

The Warriors made it 2-1 late in the 1st period as Garrett Forster’s wrister from the circle beat Marshall off the rush. Liam Blackburn and Reed Gunville drew the assists.

West Kelowna scored back to back goals in 55 seconds early on in the 2nd period, as Paul Lovsin scored followed by Kylar Hope. Blackburn picked his 3rd assist on the Lovsin marker.

Hope got his 2nd goal of the game on a great deflection from a Jake Harrison point shot, stretching the lead to 5-1 after 40 minutes as West Kelowna lead on the shot clock 24-10.

Lovsin would have a goal disallowed shorthanded after driving the net, right before Trail made it a 5-2 game at 4:08 of the 3rd.

The Warriors would respond as Blackburn potted a power-play marker at 8:58 before Rylan Yaremko showed off his hands with this third goal of the season.

Trail would make it 7-3 at 12:39 when Ross Armour deflected one past Ploszaj, but Desbiens would light the lamp again with the Warriors 8th goal.

Ploszaj made 17 saves in the win while Marshall made in 25 in the loss.

The Warriors take on the Penticton Vees Saturday Night in West Kelowna for a 7 p.m. puck drop.


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