The West Kelowna Warriors gather on the ice at the end of their first-round playoff loss to Penticton on Monday.

Warriors outsed in five games

Penticton Vees shutout West Kelowna on Monday in only game of BCHL series that wasn't decided by one goal

After three straight losses by one goal, including two in overtime, the West Kelowna Warriors had little left to give in their first-round BCHL playoff series.

The Penticton Vees blanked the Warriors 7-0 Monday at the South Okanagan Events Centre to take the Interior Division semi-final series four games to one.

The Warriors won the series opener in triple overtime, then watched the Vees sweep the next four games—3-2 and 4-3 in overtime, 3-2 in Game 4, then closing the series out with a shutout in Game 5.

“I think Game 3 took a lot out of both teams, they came out of it with a win, and I don’t think we had the same kind of jump after that,” said Warriors head coach and GM Rylan Ferster.

“If there was a game I thought we deserved to win that was probably the one.”

It was a difficult season injury-wise for the Warriors, particularly between the pipes where AP goalies played 14 of the team’s 63 games.

No. 1 man Andy Desautels missed a month of action after an appendectomy, then another three weeks at the end of the season with a concussion. Scott Patton was injured for last three games of the playoffs, forcing affiliate Stephen Heslop in to carry the load.

The Warriors went 5-0-0-1 in their last regular season six games to sneak into the BCHL playoffs, clinching a spot with a win over Surrey in their final game.

“That was the positive, getting into the playoffs,” Ferster said. “From day one I said a really good team was going to miss the playoffs and that’s what happened. I think we earned our way in by battling and scratching, and then came up against a very worth opponent. I’s guessing (the Vees) would say the same thing about us.”

The Vees will battle the Vernon Vipers in the Interior Division final with Game 1 set for Friday in Penticton.

 

 

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