Warriors cap home stand with a bang

Convincing wins over Coquitlam and Prince George at LePage

The Westside Warriors closed out a six-game home stand in style with a pair of BCHL wins over the weekend at Royal LePage Place.

Following up on a 5-2 win over the Coquitlam Express on Friday, the Warriors dominated on Saturday night for a 5-2 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings.

The Warriors’ top line of  Connor Dempsey, Tyler Krause and Richard Vanderhoek led the offensive attack with five goals and 11 points on the night.

Drawing just as much praise for their defensive work was the line of Shawn Hocchausen, Reid Simmonds and Brett McKinnon who shut down the Spruce Kings’ top line.

“We certainly know who they are, there’s three guys in the top 10 in scoring and we wanted to get the Hochausen line out against them,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

“We were able, obviously being at home, to get the last change and it worked out well for us.”

Only Paul De Jersey, second in league scoring, was able to beat Warriors netminder Steven Racine, his tally coming in the dying second of the first period to briefly tie the game at 2-2.

Krause led the way with two goals and three assists, Vanderhoek had two goals and an assist while Dempsey chipped in with three assists.

“They were good. When you have three guys like that eventually they’re going to score and get chances. Obviously Connor Dempsey is such an easy guy to play with because he works so well up and down the ice,” said Ferster.

Michael King with a wrist shot from the point late in the second and Travis Blanleil on a breakaway midway through the third also scored for the Warriors.

Steven Racine turned aside 26 shots in registering his seventh win of the season.

The Warriors, winners of two in a row, finisedh their six game home-stand 3-2-0-1.

Westside (7-4-0-1) will head out on the road this weekend with games on Powell River Friday and Cowichan Valley Saturday.


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