Warriors work extra time to sweep Silverbacks

West Kelowna moves into second, will visit Vees Wednesday

The West Kelowna Warriors will try to put a dent in the Penticton Vees nearly impenetrable armour Wedneday night when the teams face off at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Face off is 7 p.m.

The Vees lead the BCHL’s Interior Division with a 16-1-0-0 record, while the Warriors are a distant second at 9-5-0-2. The Vees have won the first two meetings between the teams this season.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are on a three-game winning streak and have nine points in their last five games heading into Penticton.

West Kelowna is coming off back-to-back 4-3 overtime victories in a home-and-home set over the weekend against Salmon Arm.

On Friday at the Shaw Centre, Jonathan Desbiens set up captain Andrew Johnson for the game winner with just 29 seconds in overtime to earn the two points.

On Saturday at Royal LePage, it was Liam Blackburn’s turn, as the BCHL’s leading point-getter notched the winner at 1:04 of OT on the set up from linemates

Johnson was key again for Warriors scoring twice, while Andy Desautels was staunch in the West Kelowna net with 31 saves.

Johnson said the two victories were huge for his new club.

“We’re finding our identity right now and things are starting to come

along,” said Johnson, who joined the Warriors last month after four-plus seasons in the WHL. “It was a huge weekend for us.”

With five players sidelined on the weekend due to injuries and a suspension, Warriors head coach Rylan Ferster said his club did a good job of compensating for the shortened roster.

The victories also pushed the Warriors into sole possession of second place in the highly competitive, tight Interior Division.

“It’s such a good division every year that I’ve been here, you’re going to have two very good teams miss the playoffs,” Ferster added. “I’m sure it’s going to go down right to the last week of the season.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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