After winning its first four B.C. Hockey League home games this season the West Kelowna Warriors took its collective foot off the gas pedal and the Prince George Spruce Kings ended the Warriors early season run of home success.
The Spruce Kings beat West Kelowna 3-2 on Saturday night at Royal LePage Place, ending the Warriors three game winning streak and handing the club just its third regulation loss of the BCHL season.
“Sometimes you have it,” Warriors forward Carl Hesler said after the game. “Tonight, we didn’t have it.”
Trailing 3-1 after the first two periods, the Warriors awoke in the final frame and clawed back to within a goal when Hesler scored in the third period. But they couldn’t find the equalizer and Prince George squeaked out the win. Seb Lloyd had the other Warriors marker while Andy Desautels took the loss in net.
“We didn’t deserve (the win),” said Warriors head coach/GM Rylan Ferster. “They played an outstanding road game.”
The loss came after an impressive 3-1 win over Merritt on Friday night at home during 1980’s night at Royal LePage Place.
Desautels had the biggest night Friday, stopping 35 of 36 shots in a first star performance.
The 19 year-old was rock-solid throughout the evening in one of his best performances as a Warrior.
“He made the timely saves,” said Ferster, who added the team’s special teams deserved credit for the Friday win.
Lloyd had a pair of power play goals and Liam Blackburn also scored for the Warriors.
The Warriors will enjoy a short break for Thanksgiving before taking on the Penticton Vees for the first time this season on Friday.
At 9-3-0-1 the Warriors sit in first place in the BCHL Interior, just a point ahead of Penticton who sits at 9-3-0-0. The two teams meet for the first time this season on Friday in Penticton.