Ken Reid/Greystoke Photography Jake Harrison and the West Kelowna Warriors will host the Merritt Centennials in BCHL action Saturday at Royal LePage Place.

Warriors look for bounce back at home

Coming off a disappointing 4-0 loss to Trail, West Kelowna hosts Merritt Saturday in BCHL action

Head coach and GM Rylan Ferster is hard pressed to remember a much more lethargic or disappointing effort from his West Kelowna Warriors.

A lacklustre performance in a 4-0 loss to Trail last Saturday night in their home opener in front of 1,266 fans has made for a long week for the BCHL club.

Clearly, Ferster wants to see a vastly different Warriors’ squad this Saturday night when they host the Merritt Centennials.

“None of us are happy with it, we’re actually a little embarrassed…it was an important night, a good crowd and a good atmosphere,” Ferster said of the loss to Trail. “Our compete level wasn’t good. No disrespect to Trail, they’re a good hockey team. We didn’t get the bounces, but we didn’t really earn them. It’s been a long week licking our wounds.”

Still, as much as the loss stings, Ferster emphasized it’s just one game in a long season.

As for the message to his players, the Warriors’ head coach doesn’t believe there’s much more that needs to be said.

“We have a lot of veterans on this team, the guys know it wasn’t good, they care,” he said. “We have to play 56 more games, our season doesn’t all fall on one game, so we’ll move on. We’ve had good practises this week and we’ve addressed the things we need to do.”

The Warriors (1-1) and Centennials (0-2) will face off Saturday night at Royal LePage Place at 7 p.m.

Next week, the Warriors will head to Chilliwack for the BCHL Showcase. West Kelowna will play the Coquitlam Express on Thursday, followed by the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Friday.

Just Posted

Westbank First Nation reports increase in building activity

2017 was the fourth busiest year for building on WFN reserves since 2005

Kelowna company supports Cops for Kids

Boyd Autobody and Glass in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Penticton donates to charity

One fatality in Highway 97 collision in Vernon

Two vehicles involved in crash that has halted traffic

Kelowna woman only Canadian to train in Danish sailing program

A Kelowna sailor compares her life at sea to manning an old… Continue reading

Okanagan Sun juggle coaching staff

Kelowna football club makes a move within its coaching ranks

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Thunderbirds ground Rockets

A week after a 6-2 win in Kent, WA, the Rockets fall to Seattle Friday in WHL action

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail alleged sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Most Read