Westside Warriors' Josh Monk (left) reaches for the puck against Vernon Vipers' Marcus Basara in BCHL action Tuesday night at Wesbild Centre.

Banged up Warriors on five-game skid

Injured BCHL team puts up fight but falls to Vipers

The undermanned Westside Warriors saw their BCHL losing streak hit five games with a 2-1 loss to the hometown Vernon Vipers on Tuesday night.

With Richard Vanderhoek, Max French, Travis Blanleil, Connor Dempsey and Seb Lloyd all out with injury and Shawn Hochhausen serving a two-game suspension, Westside played solid defensive hockey but struggled to find offence.

The Warriors lone marker came with their net empty and just 53 seconds remaining when Tyler Krause scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season.

“We definitely had the work ethic tonight, but didn’t get the bounces,” said third star and Warriors D-man Michael King. “We had a bunch of APs in the lineup, but that’s no excuse because they played great. We’ve got a lot of injuries we’re working through right now, and we’re frustrated. We just need some lucky bounces here and there.”

The Warriors outshot Vernon 30-26 in the game, including 15-5 in the final period.  Steve Racine was tagged with the loss, while Kirby Halcrow earned the second star in his winning performance.

As for the club’s current losing skid, head coach Rylan Ferster said the Warriors aren’t getting the breaks they need. Case in point was Sunday’s game aganist Trail when the Warriors missed a late breakaway for the win, then lost in OT.

“Very rarely do we give up more than 30 shots a night,” said Ferster. “We just can’t plain out score and we have a lot of offence out. Again, tonight, we didn’t have some other guys step up like they should have, in a game that I guess could have gone either way.  I thought our defence was outstanding tonight, as a group and our goalie gave us a chance to win. Great teams win those games 2-1 and we’re still trying to become that.”

Westside returns to action on Friday night in Salmon Arm before hosting Penticton on Saturday.


Just Posted

Boat for Hope back on Okanagan Lake

The Variety Children’s Charity pirate themed fundraiser returns to the waters off Kelowna

Inaugural ‘redeye’ to leave Kelowna for Toronto Saturday night

Introduction of overnight flight increases Air Canada’s Kelowna-Toronto service to twice a day

Vehicle knocks down power pole in Kelowna

Female driver apprehended by police after reportedly leaving the crash scene

City of Kelowna total payroll tops $70 million

The city paid out $70.8 million in total remuneration to its employees last year

Peachland ready to fly the flag on Canada Day

The district is gearing up for its annual Canada Day celebration July 1

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Residents association plan gathering to discuss Pandosy waterfront park

KLO Neighbourhood Association has scheduled a public meeting with developers and city staff June 27

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Cozy Bay to close

Summerland seafood restaurant’s lease will not be renewed

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

Reported stabbing in Lake Country

Police are believed to be investigating after a reported stabbing at a house party Friday night

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

Most Read