Coming off a pair of big wins on the weekend in Chilliwack, the West Kelowna Warriors will look to make if three straight on Wednesday night when they visit the Merritt Centennials.
The Warriors (4-2-0) sit third in the Interior Division, while the Centennials (3-4-0) are two points back in fourth spot.
“As I’ve said many times, this is the best division in junior hockey, so there are no easy games,” said Warriors coach and GM Rylan Ferster. “There’s a lot of parity and Merritt is right in there with the rest of us, they’re a very good team.”
The Warriors, with a pair of new defencemen in the lineup, earned a pair of hard-fought wins at the BCHL Showcase over the weekend.
On Saturday at Prospera Centre, West Kelowna handed Cowichan Valley its first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Capitals.
Then on Sunday, the Warriors bested the Langley Rivermen 4-1.
“We played two very good teams and came away with four points, so we’re happy with the result,” Ferster said.
Rearguards Scott Allan and Bryan Nelson each played their first two games in Warriors colours and made key contributions.
Allan, who stands in at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, was a recent release of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The 6-foot-4 Nelson, from Shrewsbury, Mass., played last season with Walpole of the Eastern Hockey League and is committed to Harvard University.
“Anytime you can add some size on your back end, that’s helpful,” Ferster said. “We like both of them, they played quality minutes and did some good things back there.
The two newcomers will help compensate for the loss of second-year blueliner Kristian Blumenshein who is sidelined with an injury.
The Warriors next home action is Saturday when they meet the expansion Wentachee Wild at Royal LePage Place. The Wild has proven hard to beat so far in their inaugural season at 5-0-0.