Coming off what could be its most consistent effort of the B.C. Hockey League season, the Westside Warriors will be looking to keep a modest two game winning streak going this weekend.
The Warriors swept both ends of a home-and-home series with the Surrey Eagles last weekend, winning 4-2 at Royal LePage Place on Friday and then traveling to Surrey on Saturday and winning 5-3.
“No question, we had a good weekend,” said Warriors’ coach Darren Yopyk. “I thought we put our best effort forward for two straight games which we hadn’t done for a while.”
The two wins improved the Warriors record to 9-8-1-1 this season, fifth place in the BCHL Interior Conference.
Special teams were key to the club’s victories against Surrey, the third highest scoring team in the BCHL. The Warriors allowed just two power play goals against, both goals coming with just seconds remaining on Eagles’ power plays.
“The biggest thing with special teams is momentum,” said Yopyk. “Sometimes those kills or power plays create momentum. So far this season we’ve been pretty good.”
Heading into the weekend the Warriors sport the fourth best power play unit in the league and the fifth best penalty kill. Still the club has struggled with consistency, something Yopyk hopes turns around.
“We’ve had some very good hockey games and we’ve had some not so good games,” he said. “We haven’t played consistent enough. We have to keep things simple and outwork teams.”
This weekend the Warriors play Friday at home to Coquitlam before traveling to Merritt to play the Centennials on Saturday.
The Express sit at 8-8-0-3 in the Coastal Conference while Merritt has just four wins this season. One of those came against Westside however.
Yopyk says the Warriors want to build on two straight wins with solid efforts this weekend.
“That’s our goal,” he said. “We’re going to have a good week of practice and work on some things. It’s about having a consistent effort and if we do that then I think we will be fine.”