Rylan Ferster’s West Kelowna Warriors have four games remaining in the BCHL regular season.                                -Image: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

Rylan Ferster’s West Kelowna Warriors have four games remaining in the BCHL regular season. -Image: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

Warriors wind down regular season

With four games remaining before playoffs, West Kelowna hosts Victoria Saturday

Wins aren’t all the West Kelowna Warriors will be looking for heading into the final four games of the BCHL’s regular season. Rylan Ferster would also like to see his club shifting its game into postseason mode.

“I just think you want everybody to be on the same page and all pulling in the same direction, playing your best hockey,” said Ferster, whose club is coming off a 1-2 road trip to the coast.

“I know it’s a results business and we only went 1-for-3 this past weekend, but I thought overall we played fairly well.

“Having said that, we need to tighten up defensively, our team defense has to be better,” he added. “Obviously special teams is also huge in playoffs, so we have to get our penalty kill in order, that has to be better as well.”

The Warriors (26-26-1-1) will host the Island Division-leading Victoria Grizzlies (29-17-4-3) on Saturday, before closing out their home schedule Wednesday against the division rival Wenatchee Wild. Face off both nights at Royal LePage Place is 7 p.m.

“Both those games will be good tests for us, they’re very fast teams and play similar styles,” Ferster said. “We’ll have our hands full and it’ll tell us where we’re at.”

Getting into a rhythm this season has been a challenge for the Warriors have battled their share of injuries, enduring large stretches without several key forwards, including Matt Kowalski and Chase Stevenson. Now that they’re healthy again up front, the blueline has been hit hard with injuries to Stephen Kleysen, Cody Paivaranta and Garrett Ewart.

“No excuses, but it’s been a struggle all year with injuries,” said Ferster. “It’s unfortunate what’s happened with our defense, but that’s hockey and you have to find a way to battle through it.”

Following Saturday’s game, the Warriors will hand out their annual player awards. In addition, Saturday’s game at Royal LePage has also been designated Faith Night, as local churches and faith-based organizations come together in celebration of the Warriors’ chapel program.

West Kelowna will will close out the regular campaign next weekend, Feb. 23 and 24, with back-to-back games against Interior Division rivals in Merritt and Salmon Arm.

The Warriors, currently fifth in the division, will play either Trail or Wenatchee in the opening round of the BCHL playoffs.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@capnewsports

whenderson@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
30 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases to 7,271 since testing began

West Kelowna City Hall on Cameron Road. (File photo)
Rose Valley water treatment facility to cost less than planned

The contract of $45.1 million was awarded to developer Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd .

Crash on Enterprise Way, Feb 23. (Jen Zielinski, Black Press Media)
Tuesday evening’s commute stalled by 3 vehicle collision

The incident backed up traffic on Enterprise Way at Dilworth Drive

A $3,000 donation from the Gary Bennett Family Fund will go towards baby products for families in need. (Central Okanagan Food Bank)
Okanagan charity donates $3,000 to support young families

The Gary Bennett Family Fund donated to Central Okanagan Food Bank

Project rendering of Hadgraft Wilson Place (CNW Group/Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation)
68-unit affordable housing complex coming downtown Kelowna

The six-storey complex located on Fuller Ave is set to be completed by fall 2022

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Ranchero Deep Creek firefighters respond to a blaze involving two adjacent structures at a property off of Deep Creek Road on Sunday, Feb. 21. The buildings were believed to have been used as part of a cannabis growing operation, and RCMP are investigating. (Sean Coubrough/CSRD photo)
Ranchero Deep Creek firefighters respond to a blaze involving two adjacent structures at a property off of Deep Creek Road on Sunday, Feb. 21. The buildings were believed to have been used as part of a cannabis growing operation, and RCMP are investigating. (Sean Coubrough/CSRD photo)
Shuswap firefighters responding to structure blaze find cannabis grow operation

RCMP investigating, attempting to track down owner of property

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Interior Health officially declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Creekside Landing in Vernon on Jan. 3, which was followed by the first death from the virus 10 days later. (Kaigo photo)
COVID outbreak over at Vernon care home

Creekside Landing cleared of coronavirus, despite additional death in last day

(Stock photo)
EDITORIAL: The freedom to read

Books have been challenged many times in the past

Most Read