Four-game losing streak follows Warriors into Vernon

Westside coming off OT loss to Trail Sunday at LePage Place

The Westside Warriors will look to snap a four-game BCHL losing streak when they visit the Vernon Vipers Tuesday. Face off at Wesbild Centre is 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Clayton Chessa scored the game winner 3:45 into the first overtime period as the Trail Smoke Eaters escaped Royal LePage Place with a 3-2 victory over the Warriors.

Craig Martin and Josh Roberts staked the Smokies to a 2-0 lead just 4:30 into the first period.

“It’s something we’re going to have to work on, our starts,” says Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

“I’ll take full responsibility for that.”

The Warriors found their game midway through the first period and were finally rewarded when Shawn Hochausen notched his third of the season.

The Warriors tied it 8:07 into the second period on a Warriors power-play as Josh Monk’s slapshot from the right point appeared to deflect off a Smokies stick and past Vogt, however, the goal was credited to Richard Vanderhoek, his fifth of the season.

After that, the game turned nasty.

Travis Blanleil left the game with what appeared to be a head injury after he was sucker punched by a Trail player during a scrum in the Smoke Eaters end.

Hocchausen picked up a major penalty for check from behind and a game misconduct after he drilled a Smokies player into the side boards.

Trail was not penalized for the punch, although Ferster says the Warriors may send a copy of the tape into the league for further discipline.

Westside outshot the Smoke Eaters 35-28 on the night.

 

 

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