With the BCHL playoffs in the not-too-distant future, the West Kelowna Warriors have picked the ideal time to be playing their best hockey of the season.
The Warriors are on a season-high six game unbeaten streak after knocking off the Merritt Centennials 3-2 in double overtime Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place.
Brett Zarazun’s first career BCHL goal settled the issue at 3:23 of the second extra session, as his wrist shot beat Tyler Steel in the Merritt goal.
It was just the second overtime win for the Warriors in 13 tries (2-8-3) this season.
“It’s a good feeling and a good win,” said Zarazun. “Words can’t really describe it. We’re just happy in the room. It definitely felt good. We have a good overtime record against these guys.”
The win also pulled West Kelowna a point ahead of the Cents for second spot in the Interior Division, and eight points clear of fourth-place Salmon Arm. Four teams will make the post-season.
West Kelowna jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by David Pope and Brennan Clark. The Centennials bounced back with goals in the second and third periods to give the Warriors all they could handle.
“Full marks to Merrit,” said Warrriors head coach Rylan Ferster. “They are a very good team, they skate well, they’re physical and they ramped it up a bit and we didn’t have the push back.”
The Warriors, who are already without the services of four players due to injury, may be without defenceman John Monk for an extended period.
Monk left the game after cheked hit into the boards by Merritt captain Brent Fletcher.
The Warriors (19-11-3-8) are back in action Saturday when they travel south to take on the first-place Penticton Vees (28-11-0-3).