Solid road trip turns Warriors back in right direction

West Kelowna ended a seven-game winless streak with two victories on the island, will visit Salmon Arm tonight

The Warriors

Coming off a productive road trip, the West Kelowna Warriors will be in Salmon Arm tonight to take on the Silverbacks in BCHL action.

Face off at the Shaw Centre is 7 p.m.

The Warriors, who had been winless in their previous seven games (0-6-1), shook off the slump by taking the last two games of a three-game weekend visit to the island.

After a 3-2 loss Friday night in Nanaimo, West Kelowna rebounded for a 3-2 victory Saturday at Cowichan Valley and a 2-1 win Sunday at Alberni Valley.

Newcomer Trevor Martin, a recent cut of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, played the first two games in goal for West Kelowna, while Shane Farkas stepped in an earned the victory against the Bulldogs.

Matthew Campese, with his first goal as a Warriors, netted Sunday’s game winner at 3:34 of overtime.

While goals are still in short supply for the Warriors, head coach Rylan Ferster was pleased with both his goaltending and defense, and his club’s overall effort.

“Two of three wins on that trip, I think most teams would take that,” Ferster said. “I thought we played pretty well for the most part, to only give up six goals in three games is pretty good.

“But that hasn’t been our issue, to be scoring as little as we have, puts a lot of pressure on your goaltending,” Ferster added. “It’s a positive for our young team to find a way to win those tight games, but we need to find a way to score more.”

The Warriors (7-9-0-1) will be home for a pair of games this weekend, starting the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday, 7 p.m. at Royal LePage Place.

On Sunday, the Prince George Spruce Kings will visit West Kelowna for a 2:30 p.m. matinee.

BCHL playoff format…

The B.C. Hockey League’s board of governors has approved a new postseason format for the 2017 Fred Page Cup playoffs.

The top four teams in each of the Island and Mainland Divisions, and the top six teams in the Interior Division will qualify for the playoffs.

There is potential crossover if the fifth-place team in the Mainland Division has a better record than the sixth-place team in the Interior.

Once the Interior determines its champion, that team will play the winner of the Island-Mainland best-of-seven in the BCHL finals.

Full details of the new format can be viewed here.


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