Northern trip for Warriors

Some great individual effort helped the Westside Warriors to a win over Coquitlam on the weekend.

But that same individual play led to a loss in Merritt as the Warriors split a pair of B.C. Hockey League games.

The Warriors blasted Coquitlam 8-2 on Friday at Royal LePage Place before dropping a 6-3 decision in Merritt on Saturday.

Warriors coach Darren Yopyk wasn’t terribly impressed with either game.

“I thought we played pretty poorly in both games,” said Yopyk. “We got back to playing as individuals and not as a team. Friday we were fortunate enough to make some nice plays for goals but I don’t like that we were not playing a team game and not competing hard enough.”

The loss to Merritt was the second straight loss the Warriors have suffered at the hands of the Centennials. The Cents also beat Vernon and Quesnel on the weekend and now trail the Warriors by just three points in the league standings.

“Merritt is a good team, they understand their identity and they keep it simple,” said Yopyk.

The Warriors will hit the road Wednesday for a pair of games up north against Prince George on Thursday and Quesnel on Friday. Both teams are below the Warriors in the BCHL Interior Conference standings.

“It’s important for us to play well,” said Yopyk. “Those are tough places to play. It’s a short week for us so we have a few days to work on a few things and get ready to go.”

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