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Win and loss weekend road trip for West Kelowna Warriors

The Warriors beat Surrey 5-3 and lost 3-2 in overtime to Coquitlam
The West Kelowna Warriors celebrate a goal against the Coquitlam Express in a 3-2 overtime loss on Feb. 24, 2024. (BCHL/Warriors video)

The West Kelowna Warriors beat the best team in the BCHL Coastal Division during a two-game weekend road trip to the Lower Mainland.

West Kelowna took on the Surrey Eagles on Feb. 23.

Aaron Schwartz started things off, scoring for the Eagles, at 13:12 of the first period and again just under 15 minutes later, making it 2-0 Surrey.

It was all Warriors in the second period.

Felix Caron (27) scored on the power play at 8:52 with assists to Michael Salandra and Isaiah Norlin. Callum Hughes (19) made it 2-2 at the 14:27 mark. Sean Keohane and Brennan Nelson added the assists.

With just 34 seconds left in the period, Jack Pridham (17) put the Warriors up 3-2, assisted by Nelson and Simon Houge.

Owen Dury put the Warriors up 4-2 with his second goal of the season, unassisted, at the 3:25 mark of the third period.

Surrey closed within one goal at 11:39 on a goal by Ryden Evers.

West Kelowna’s Jackson Kyrkostas (19) scored into the empty net at 18:41 of the third giving the Warriors the 5-3 win.

The Warriors went 1/4 on the power play and goaltender Rorke Applebee turned away 20 of 23 shots.

West Kelowna did not fare as well on Saturday night in Coquitlam as they went up against the Express.

Coquitlam opened the scoring at 2:52 of the first period. Callum Hughes (20) responded for the Warriors four minutes later, with Brenna Nelson getting the assist.

The teams traded power-play goals in the second period. West Kelowna’s Jackson Kyrkostas (20) scored at 3:33, assisted by Trent Wilson and Hughes. The Express scored just under eight minutes later to tie the game 2-2.

With no scoring in the third period, the teams headed to overtime where Coquitlam’s Jacob Bonkowski scored unassisted at 4:49 for the 3-2 win.

West Kelowna was 1/2 on the power play and Applebee turned aside 25 of 28 shots. The Warriors are currently 27-10-8-1 and are second in the Interior Division.

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Gary Barnes

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Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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