West Kelowna Warriors forward Garret Forster goes on the attack against the Trail Smoke Eaters in BCHL action Tuesday at LePage Place.

Warriors extinguish Smokies

Connor Sodergren, Liam Blackburn and Kylar Hope score twice each on Tuesday in BCHL action

The West Kelowna Warriors scored a convincing 7-3 victory over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters Tuesday in BCHL action night at Royal LePage Place.

Connor Sodergren, Liam Blackburn and Kylar Hope scored two goals apiece as the Warriors won for the third time in the last four games.

A pair of first period goals paced the Warriors, as Hope buried one off a bounce off the end wall, before Sodergren put one home from the slot on the set up from Garrett Forster.

A wild start to the secnd period blew the game open, as the teams combined for five goals in just over two minutes of action.

The Warriors scored 31 seconds apart at 4:33 and 5:04 as Blackburn beat Linden Marshall from a sharp angle, before Sodergren muscled one past Marshall to make it 4-0.

Trail responded immediately 12 seconds after the Sodergren goal, as Nick Halloran cut the lead to 4-1.

West Kelowna extended its lead again at the six-minute mark, as Kyle Marino sent a knuckle-puck past Bailey MacBurnie, who replaced Marshall after the fourth goal.

Thirty-eight seconds later, it was Hope’s second off a 2 on 1 that put the Warriors ahead 6-1.

The Smoke Eaters scored twice in the third before Blackburn’s second goal rounded out the scoring.

Brett Mennear added three assists in the win.

Meanwhile, with a three-point night, Blackburn moves into second place on the all-time Warriors points list, with 154 career points.


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