The Westside Warriors hope to head into the yuletide break on a winning note, but a lot of that will depend on how much cooperation they get from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks this weekend.
The Warriors and ‘Backs will close out their pre-Christmas schedule with a home-and-away series as the BCHL clubs meet Friday night at at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm , then again Saturday at Royal LePage Place.
The teams are in the throes of a tight battle in the Interior Division. The SilverBacks (23-11-1-0) are in the third spot with 47 points, while the Warriors (19-13-2-3) are four points back in fifth spot.
Despite a solid effort Wednesday night at LePage, Westside dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Penticton Vees.
After Shawn Hochhausen scored a power play goal late in the second to break a scoreless tie, the Vees answered with two third-period goals to earn the win.
The first Penticton marker raised a measure controversy as Kyle Mountain collided with Warriors goalie Kevin Boyle as he jammed the puck in, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Two minutes after that, Brendan O’Donnell notched the game winner.
Warriors head coach Darren Yopyk thought his team deserved a better fate.
“I thought we played very well,” Yopyk said Wednesday following the game. ”… we did a good job tonight and they got more bounces than we did and that’s unfortunate. I told the guys I’m proud of them, I thought they had a really good effort, they competed hard.”
The Warriors first game after the Christmas break is Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Trail.