It was a tough travel weekend for the West Kelowna Warriors, who played in Penticton on Friday and in Prince George on Saturday and came away with just a single point to add to its B.C. Hockey League total.
The Warriors lost 4-1 to Penticton on Friday night before heading north and battling Prince George into overtime on Saturday. However the Warriors suffered their second overtime loss of the week on Saturday, dropping a 4-3 decision in Prince George.
Struggling with fatigue and some key absences to top players in Prince George, the Warriors were down by a goal late in the game but battled back to tie the game at 3-3 on a Brennan Clark tally with 4:19 remaining in the game.
However the Spruce Kings would earn the win early in overtime when former Warrior Tyson Witala batted in the rebound of a Mitch Eden effort for a Prince George victory.
“We want wins” Warriors forward Seb Lloyd stressed after the loss in PG. “You don’t come to the rink to get an overtime loss or a tie. I don’t think it’s acceptable, even with some key absences.”
Still, honoured as the third star in his home town, Lloyd knows his team had to dig deep even to earn a single point on Saturday. “Every point counts” he said, “so those are still points at the end of the year that could make a difference.”
Lloyd and linemate David Pope parted ways with the team after the game, as the pair head to Calgary for the upcoming Team Canada West selection camp for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
The duo is expected back when West Kelowna kicks off a long homestand this weekend. Beginning on Friday, the Warriors will play six straight games at home. Eight of their nine November games will also be played at Royal LePage Place, setting up a key portion of the schedule just one-quarter of the way into the season.
The Warriors fell into third place in the BCHL Interior Conference with an 8-3-0-5 record.