Bolstered by a pair of trades prior to the deadline, the West Kelowna Warriors scored a pair of convincing wins to stay in the thick of the battle for a playoff spot in the BCHL’s Interior Division.
On Friday night at home, newcomer Mitch Nardi scored twice for the Warriors in a 6-2 victory over Powell River.
Nardi was acquired last week from the Coquitlam Express for futures. He played on a line with Danny Gayle, the club’s other new addition. Gayle, 20, came to West Kelowna from Fort McMurray of the AJHL in exchange for forward Jetlan Houcher.
Nardi was the game’s first star in front of 1,000 fans at LePage, with Gayle earning third-star honours.
On Saturday, the Warriors took care of the hometown Trail SmokeEaters 6-1. Captain Max French paced the Warriors attack with goals and two assists, while Marcus Basara finished the night with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick—one goal, one assist and one fight.
West Kelowna is now the highest scoring team in the BCHL, with 134 goals scored through 37 games.
“We were just excited to play,” Max French said of his team’s offensive outburst.
French also pointed to the new additions of Danny Gayle and Mitch Nardi as perfect fits for the Warriors, adding “they’ve added a great dynamic to our team, but they’re also great guys in the room.”
Steven Myland earned his first BCHL victory in his third start with the Tribe, stopping all but one of the 31 shots sent his way.
“I feel really good,” Myland said after the game. “It was a really good game tonight by the boys, and when you get six goals for it makes it a bit easier.”
West Kelowna (16-11-2-8) is third in the Interior Division, three points back of Merritt.
The Warriors are on the road this week as they visit the Centennials on Wednesday, before heading to Surrey on Friday.