Warriors hand Wild first loss

After falling 9-1 in Merritt Wednesday, West Kelowna rebounds for BCHL win at home

The West Kelowna Warriors killed off 8 of 10 penalties, and scored three times in the third period to hand the Wenatchee Wild their first BCHL loss, 4-2 Saturday at Royal Lepage Place.

A high energy first period had the crowd of 856 excited, as there was a lot of physical play and a couple quality chances.

Kyle Marino brought the Warrior faithful to their feet in the final minute of the first period, as his shot slid through Garrett Nieto’s legs.

The Wild would get a pair of power-play goals in the second period, as West Kelowna found themselves short-handed on six separate occasions.

The third would be a different story for West Kelowna, who got a nice short-side goal from Kylar Hope. After the goal, Jonathan Desbiens would get the puck on a 2-on-1 with Garrett Forster, with Forster burying the cross-ice pass just 19 seconds after the Hope goal.

Liam Blackburn added a beautiful short-handed marker to round out the scoring with 2:20 remaining.

West Kelowna held Wenatchee to just 18 shots, including only 1 in the 3rd period with 0.6 seconds left.

The Warriors will look to build on the momentum Tuesday night when the Coquitlam Express roll into town. Puck drop at 7.

Warriors trade…

Prior to the weekend, the Warriors made a move with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

The Warriors traded G Daniel Mannella (95) and D Jake Tesarowski (97) to Melville for the CJHL Playing Rights to G Trevor Martin (96) and Future Considerations.

Mannella, who was an off-season acquisition of the Warriors, struggled early on in the season, posting a 1-2 record with a 5.44 GAA and .812 Sv %.

Martin, is currently with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, who are the hosts the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Last season in Melville, Martin went 10-9, with a 2.15 GAA and .929 Sv %. He also played all 6 playoff games for the Millionaires, having a 2.74 GAA and .921 Sv % in a 1st round loss to Nipawin.

In a related move, the Warriors have added G Stephen Heslop (95) from the Princeton Posse of the KIJHL to round out the goaltending duo with Forbes Ploszaj.

Heslop, played six regular season games for the Warriors last season as an Affiliate Player, and had a 2.89 GAA with .923 Sv %.

He also saw three playoff games, including making 47 saves in a triple OT loss to the Penticton Vees.


 

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