Warriors split weekend games, get set for this weekend

West Kelowna beats Nanaimo on Sunday after loss to Merritt on Friday in BCHL action

The West Kelowna Warriors scored four times on the power play, knocking off the Nanaimo Clippers in a 7-4 win on Sunday at Royal Lepage Place.

It was an interesting start for the Warriors, as they found themselves short handed 5 on 3 within the 1st minute of the hockey game. Devin Brosseau put the Clippers ahead 1-0 going five-hole on Stephen Heslop.

The Warriors would respond at the 15 minute mark, as Kylar Hope scored with a quick wrister off the half wall. The goal came 5 on 5, one of only 3 such markers in the game.

Jake Harrison scored on the power play at 17:11 with a slap shot from the point past Jonathan Reinhart. The Warriors out-shot the Clippers 23-7 in the frame, as Reinhart made a ton of big saves on the five and a half power plays for West Kelowna.

In the 2nd, the Warriors exploded with a pair of power-play goals from Rylan Yaremko and Kyle Marino, while Quin Foreman buried on a one-time at 5:03. The 5-1 lead would only last for 3:18, as Kale Bennett scored short handed for the Clippers.

Foreman scored his 2nd of the game to open up the 3rd period, before Scott Allan’s 1st in the BCHL made the highlight reel with a slick rush up-ice.

The Clippers got late power-play goals from Chris Dodero and Sheldon Rempal to make the final 7-4.

West Kelowna out-shot the Clippers 45-32 in the game, as the teams played only 30:09 at full-strength.

The Warriors have a big weekend ahead of them, hosting Penticton Friday night, and visiting Salmon Arm on Saturday.

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On Friday Tanner Campbell got his first of the season from Quin Foremand Liam Blackburn, as Blackburn extended his franchise best point streak to 19 games.

The Centennials responded with 1 in the 1st when Tyler Ward put one past Keelan Williams off a Warriors turnover.

West Kelowna out-shot Merritt 16-5 in the first period, but Centennials came out strong in the middle frame.

Merritt got a pair of goals in the latter half of the 2nd, as Mark O’Shaughnessy made it 2-1 beating the Warriors back-check, and Gavin Gould tucked one away on the power play with 2 minutes to go in the frame.

The Warriors came on strong in the 3rd, but Cole Kehler stood tall, making 40 saves on the night in a 2nd star effort.

Colin Grannary would make it 4-1 at 9:56 on a scramble in front that the Warriors believed Williams had covered, but the persistence paid off with the goal.