Warriors slide hits seven

BCHL club still with injury troubles, struggles to find wins

  • Mon Nov 14th, 2011 10:00am
  • Sports

The Westside Warriors managed just a point in a two-game set over the weekend as their BCHL losing streak reached seven games.

After a 3-2 overtime loss Friday in Salmon Arm, the Warriors returned home to Royal LePage Place and absorbed a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Penticton Vees.

Chanhassen, Minnesota native Connor Reilly was a one-man wrecking crew for the Vees with a five-goal effort in front of nearly 1,100 fans in West Kelowna.

Dru Morrison had a pair of goals and an assist in a losing cause for the Warriors, with Richard Vanderhoek and Devon Hascarl getting the other markers.

Ryan Reilly and Steven Fogarty scored the other Penticton goals.

Reilly’s first goal spelled an early end for Westside keeper Steven Racine who pulled himself from the contest following the goal at 4:08 of the first.

“It was his decision. He was sick tonight and he pulled himself. I didn’t know he was sick,” said Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster.

Back-up James Leonard went the rest of the way in goal, surrendering six goals on 20 shots.

Despite the losing skid, Ferster says the team continues to play hard for the most part but just isn’t getting the hockey bounces.

“It just starts with one win. Again, we get a pretty good performance tonight, we get four goals and we aren’t in the game from the first shot. It’s difficult.”

The Warriors (7-9-0-3) were without five players due to injury including Seb Lloyd, Travis Blanleil, Josh Monk, Max French and Brennan Clark.

The Warriors will hit the 1/3 mark of the season Friday when they kick off a two-game road trip in Langley. They play in Chilliwack Saturday before returning home to host the Merritt Centennials Wednesday, Nov. 23.