Sitting in third place with no chance to move up or down in the standings, the Westside Warriors ran into a speed bump en route to the BCHL playoffs this weekend, losing a pair of games to potential playoff opponent Trail.
The Warriors lost 4-2 and 4-1 in Trail and head into the final week of the B.C. Hockey League season with three games remaining.
“You don’t like to lose games,” said Warriors coach Darren Yopyk. “They played hard, they played desperate and we didn’t and part of that is circumstance, I think. They’re fighting for playoff seeding and we’re stuck where we are.”
As the third seed in the BCHL Interior Conference, the Warriors will play the sixth place team in the playoffs. That could be either Trail, Quesnel or Merritt with those teams separated by just three points.
The Warriors played without four injured regulars including leading scorer Trevor Bailey.
“If it was game seven of the playoffs he would have played,” said Yopyk of Bailey. “We need to get healthy and we need to be prepared to play hard every shift.”
The Warriors play Tuesday against Trail before rounding out the BCHL regular season this weekend, playing in Penticton Friday before hosting Vernon on Saturday.