With 14 games remaining in the BCHL regular season—and the Interior Division playoffs race as tight as a drum—each and every outing is crucial for the West Kelowna Warriors.
Rylan Ferster’s club heads west this weekend for three games in as many nights, beginning Friday in Port Alberni against the Bulldogs.
On Saturday, the Warriors visit Powell River, before wrapping up the trip Sunday in Surrey.
“Focus on the first one,” Ferster said of his team’s approach to the road trip. “Go into Port Alberni and hopefully have a good night. You can’t look too far ahead. There’s a lot of tough games down the stretch.”
West Kelowna (22-17-0-5) is currently fourth in the Interior Division, one point back of Merritt and five head of fifth-place Salmon Arm, both of whom have two games in hand on the Warriors. Four teams will make the post-season.
“Yes we are in a battle so yes, every two points is big,” Ferster added.
The Warriors are coming off an 8-4 loss to the first-place Penticton Vees Tuesday at Royal LePage.
Connor Chartier scored three goals for the Vees who tallied six times in the second period. The Warriors ran into penalty trouble, taking five minors in a row in the second and third periods. Penticton finished the night with three power play goals on eight chances.
“When you’re killing penalties chances are you don’t have many chances going the other way,” Ferster said. “It was unfortunate.”
The team’s leading point-producer, Liam Blackburn, scored twice in the loss.
The Warriors next home action is Saturday, Jan. 31 vs Merritt.