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Warriors visit rival Vipers Wednesday

The West Kelowna Warriors will rekindle a longstanding Okanagan rivalry Wednesday night when they take on the Vernon Vipers in BCHL action at Kal Tire Place.

The Warriors (18-11-1-2) are fourth in the Interior Division, six points back of the second-place Vipers (19-9-3-4) but West Kelowna does have three games in hand.

The Warriors are coming off a weekend sweep of two home games.

On Sunday night, West Kelowna downed the Powell River. Seb Lloyd, David Pope, Liam Blackburn and Matt Anholt, into an empty net, scored for the Warriors who have own three straight games.

Netminder Andy Desautels lost his bid for a second straight shutout when the road-weary River Kings scored with less than eight minutes to play.

"We realized they had some really tough travel the last three days," said Warriors' head coach Rylan Ferster. "They were in Victoria Friday and Langley (Saturday) so they had some really tough games and tough travel."

"I thought the guys executed the game plan very well," he added.

On Saturday, Desautels made 30 saves for his first shutout to backstop the Warriors to a 2-0 win over Merritt. Matt Anholt and Jordan Masters scored for West Kelowna.

The Warriors will wrap up their pre-Christmas with a home-and-home set against the Interior Division leading Vees—Friday in Penticton and Saturday in West Kelowna.


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