It didn’t take the West Kelowna Warriors long to flex their muscles and let the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters know they were in for a rough ride on Friday night at Royal LePage Place.
Playing its only game of the weekend, the Warriors scored four goals in the first eight minutes of the first period and led 6-1 after two periods en route to a 9-2 win over Trail.
The victory snapped a three game losing skid for the Warriors.
The Warriors came out of the gates hard, led by its top line of captain Max French, rookie Brent Lashuk and veteran Brett McKinnon who combined for six goals.
“That’s what we are supposed to do on the first shift,” said McKinnon, of the line’s quick start. “You have to set the tone for the entire game. I think we did that. We came out hard and wanted to fire it up. We were excited all week. We had a great week of practice and we were fired up right from the start to get this win.”
After opening the season with two wins at the new BCHL Showcase, the Warriors had dropped three straight in the regular season, two to Penticton and one to Trail.
On Friday night the team wasn’t going to be denied, outshooting the Smoke Eaters 45-14 and completely dominating the game.
The game was the first of three straight between West Kelowna and Trail as the two teams will meet again tonight in Trail as the Warriors travel to Trail for a Tuesday night game. The Warriors and Smoke Eaters will meet again this Friday in West Kelowna before the Warriors play in Vernon on Saturday.
West Kelowna enters Tuesday’s contest at 3-2-0-1 in the BCHL Interior Conference.