BCHL’s Warriors win final home game

Westside defeats Vernon as Warriors wind down season without a playoff spot

The Westside Warriors’ 2011-12 season won’t end with a playoff spot, but at least the BCHL club was able to bid a positive farewell to its hometown fans.

And they played a spoiler’s role in the process.

In their last game of the campaign at Royal LePage Place, the Warriors downed Vernon 3-1, pretty much ending the post-season aspirations of the defending champion Vipers.

Dru Morrison ripped a wrist shot past Kirby Halcrow from about 30 feet out five minutes into the second period for what proved to be the game winner on Saturday night as the goal broke a 1-1 tie.

Connor Dempsey, with his team leading 24th, and Brett McKinnon rounded out the scoring for Westside.

Warriors captain Max French says it was a great way to end the home portion of what has been a disappointing season.

“We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. We were coming up against the Vernon Vipers who ended our playoff last year,” said French. “It was definitely a big one for us. Our last home game. We’ve got some great players that won’t be coming back next year.”

French said the Warriors wanted the win particulalry for  Peter McIntosh and Dwayne Rodrigue who both graduate at the end of the season.

For Rodrigue, who stopped 28 shots in the win, it was an emotional night.

“I like to play here, it’s a perfect place to play,” says Rodrigue who was acquired in a trade part way through the season.

“I feel like I was here for the whole year. We have a great bunch of guys and the fans were awesome. It was a nice experience for me.”

The Warriors (21-28-2-7) final two games of the regular season will be on the road, Friday in Surrey and Saturday in Chilliwack.

French commits to Bentley

Max French is on his way to the NCAA.

The Westside Warriors’ captain has committed to attend university and play Division I hockey at Bentley University starting in the fall of 2013.

“I’m very excited to be able to go down to Bentley in the 2013 year and join a couple of past Warriors,” says the 19 year-old forward. “It’s going to be a great opportunity.”

At Bentley, French will join former Warriors Alex Grieve and Matt Maher, who are both currently in their rookie seasons stateside, as well as Tyler Krause (now with AJHL Okotoks) who begins his freshman season this coming fall.

“They have a very prestigious business program down there” French says, “and after hearing what the guys had to say about it, I just figured that was the right fit for me and my family.”

The West Kelowna native will play his 20 -year-old season in the BCHL, and says he’s still eager to lead the Warriors into the 2012-13 campaign.

“I think the number one goal is to come back here and win a championship with the Warriors,” French stresses, adding: “I think we’ve got a great team coming back and I think it’s going to be an outstanding year.”


Just Posted

Consulate for American services coming to Kelowna

A Vancouver travelling pop-up consulate will be in Kelowna Jan. 18

Documentary series features local wineries and restaurants

Quest Out West Wild Food launches Jan. 18

West Kelowna looking at three per cent tax increase

Council grapples with 2018 budget, rejects addition of more cops, firefighters

Tech funding announced for Kelowna post-secondary institutions

UBCO and Okanagan College are getting funding to expand their tech programs

Arbitrated settlement for Kelowna jail guards

Details of arbitration settlement in contract dispute not released

The snow capped hills around Carr’s Landing

Andre Paris has posted another drone video showcasing Lake Country’s beauty

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Change in politics, society on sexual misconduct ‘not fast enough,’ says Trudeau

Trudeau says society still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Bank of Canada to make interest rate decision today

Economists widely believe that based on the economic environment, it’s likely interest rates will rise today

National gold, silver for Kelowna Skating Club

Olivia Gran wins junior women’s division, while Daria Carr takes second in novice women

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

UPDATE: Highway reopened following fatal crash south of Armstrong

Highway 97A crash south of Pleasant Valley cross road near Spallumcheen claims a life

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

Most Read