Jake LeBrun (left) and the West Kelowna Warriors will be in Chilliwack Friday night to battle the Chiefs in Game 5 of the Fred Page Cup final.

Warriors on brink of first BCHL title

West Kelowna leads Chiefs three games to one heading into possible series clincher on Friday in Chilliwack

  • Apr. 21, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Kristian Blumenschein knows better than to start celebrating before that fourth and final victory goes up on the board.

Still, like all of his Warriors’ teammates, the 19-year-old defenceman is excited by the prospects of bringing the city of West Kelowna its first ever B.C. Hockey League championship banner.

“We’re really focused on what we need to do,” said Blumenschein. “We really want to be first champions from West Kelowna, to bring a title here, and I think we’re all motivated by that.”

The Warriors will be looking to clinch the Fred Page Cup tonight when they visit the Chilliwack Chiefs for Game 5 at Prospera Centre.

West Kelowna leads the best-of-seven series three games to one after prevailing 3-2 in overtime on home ice on Tuesday night.

A sixth game, if needed, would be played Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.

“It wouldn’t be the worst thing to come back here in front of our fans on Saturday, but we don’t want to let it go that far if we can help it,” Blumenschein said. “We definitely want to take care of business on Friday night, get it done as soon as we can.”

Blumenschein, from Kelowna, is one of three local players on the Warriors, joining West Kelowna’s Brett Mennear and Jake Harrison.

While Blumenschein and the Warriors are mostly business these days, they’re also savouring the playoff ride and the buzz the team has created in West Kelowna.

“Absolutely, we’re enjoying this, just making the most of the experience,” he said. “It makes it even more special if we can be the first team to bring a banner to West Kelowna.

“It looks like summer outside and we’re still playing hockey,” he added. “That’s a pretty nice feeling.”

The championship series winner will represent the BCHL at the RBC western regional playoff early next  month in Estevan, SK.


Just Posted

Work continuing on new Kelowna visitor centre

Crews working through winter on downtown lakeshore site to have building ready for this summer

Pizza delivery car stolen during Kelowna delivery

While delivering a late night pizza, man has car stolen, then runs to recover it

Kelowna’s Serwa named to Olympic team

Kelsey Serwa is one of eight Canadian ski cross athletes headed to PyeongChang

Vernon Search & Rescue find lost snowmobiler

Male, 19, went missing in Hunter’s Range area near Enderby

Kelowna attraction set to re-open after 2017 floods

Scandia’s popular Jungle Golf, downstairs, has been closed since being damaged in Kelowna floods

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Angels at The Mule

Penticton nightclub introduces angel shots for safety

Dryer explosion at Teck Elkview Operations

Locals report hearing loud bang

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Most Read