Warriors off to 2-0 start

Westside sweeps Trail, visits Salmon Arm

The Westside Warriors will try to make it three straight wins on the road to open the new B.C. Hockey League campaign when they visit the Salmon Arm SilverBacks on Wednesday night.

The Warriors took care of business on opening weekend of the 2011-12 season with a convincing two-game sweep of the hometown Trail Smoke Eaters.

After a 7-3 win in the opener on Friday, Westside completed the sweep with a 5-1 victory over Trail on Saturday night at Cominco Arena.

Rookie forward Connor Dempsey, 19, led the Warriors attack with a pair of power play goals.

“It definitely feels good to get the first ones out of the way so early in the season to get your confidence up” said Dempsey, a Massachusetts native.

Tyson Witala also scored his first goal as a Warrior, while Brayden Sherbinin and Travis Blanleil rounded out the Westside scoring. Steve Racine earned his second consecutive win in the Warriors net, stopping all but one of the 28 shots fired his way.

“I thought we played great,” Racine said of his team’s effort over weekend.  “I can’t say enough about how well our defence is playing … it makes my job a lot easier.”

On Friday, Tyler Krause scored a pair of goals to lead the Warriors to the 7-3 win. Westside Coach Rylan Ferster was ejected from the game early in the third period for arguing with the referee.

The Warriors first home action is Friday night at Royal LePage Place against the defending champion Vernon Vipers.


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