With West Kelowna's Josh Bly on the doorstep

With West Kelowna's Josh Bly on the doorstep

Warriors down Clippers, stay in playoff chase

With four games remaining, West Kelowna is tied for the fourth and final berth in the BCHL's Interior Division.

The West Kelowna Warriors are hanging tough in their bid for the BCHL playoff spot.

By earning three of a possible four points on the weekend, the Warriors are tied with Salmon Arm for the fourth and final berth in the Interior Division with 58 points.

The Silverbacks have five games remaining, while the Warriors have four.

Merritt currently sits in third spot with 60 points and has played the same number of games as Salmon Arm.

West Kelowna will host Chilliwack this Friday night at LePage, then will travel to Trail on Saturday.

The Warriors (25-21-0-8) final two games are Tuesday, Feb. 24 at home to Trail and Saturday, Feb. 28 at home to the Surrey Eagles.

After an 8-7 loss in overtime to the Smoke Eaters last Friday night, the Warriors rebounded with a solid 4-1 verdict over the Nanaimo Clippers on Sunday afternoon.

West Kelowna was the only BCHL team to sweep the Island Division-leading Clippers this season, winning all three meetings.

The Warriors, who outshot Nanaimo 48-21, drew praise from the coaching staff.

“It was definitely a complete effort,” said assistant coach Brent Gough. “We knew we couldn’t give up as many chances as we did Friday, and through 40 minutes we had given up four opportunities. When we did give up chances, Hes (Warriors’ AP goalie Stephen Heslop) bailed our guys out.”



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