West Kelowna and Vernon gave B.C. Hockey League fans another glimpse of just how well-balanced and competitive Interior Division teams are on Saturday.
Having traded home wins in their previous two matchups, the Warriors and Vipers engaged in a compelling contest in Vernon on Saturday night – though 70 minutes wasn’t enough to determine a winner as the teams skated through regulation and 10 minutes of overtime without deciding a winner in a 2-2 tie.
Warriors forward Carl Hesler tied the game with a short-handed marker in the third period while Adam Osczevski had the other West Kelowna goal against Vernon, who had taken a 2-0 lead in the game.
Down 2-0 in the second period, Osvzevski notched his first BCHL goal soon to start the Warriors’ attack.
“I feel surreal, actually” Osczevski grinned after the dust had settled. “It’s a really good feeling to get that first goal. I’m not happy with a tie. I think we deserved that win.””
The West Kelowna rookie did say it was an important step forward for the Warriors who had struggled to start November with just two wins so far in the month.
“A lot of things went well for us,” Osczevski said. “We did most of the little things well.”
On Friday the Warriors were dumped 6-2 at home to Chilliwack.
But the tie improved West Kelowna to into a fourth place tie with Salmon ARm at 14-9-1-2 in the tight BCHL Interior. The Warriors are just four points out of first place and three out of second.
Another big test is scheduled for Tuesday when West Kelowna plays host to key rival Penticton (15-6-1-3) at Royal LePage Place.