After an eventful day of travel that included missed ferries due to the tide and a late start, it was the Surrey Eagles who were ready and waiting for the West Kelowna Warriors on Sunday at the South Surrey Arena, defeating the Warriors 5-4.
The Eagles would open the scoring at 6:21 when Jordan Funk walked into the high slot and fired one high glove side on Andy Desautels for the 1-0 lead.
Surrey kept coming at 11:34 when Latrell Charleson fed a puck out front for Quinn Lenihan and he buried one between the legs of Desautels.
After Brayden Gelsinger received a penalty for holding and the Warriors killed it off, Ben Vikich had a pair of opportunities to beat Desautels and did on the rebound as Gelsinger tried to get back into the zone.
West Kelowna would finally get on the board in the 2nd period at 5:55. After his initial shot was blocked, Braeden Jones fired another one towards Christian Short and that one entered the goal with a good screen from Kyle Marino. Rylan Yaremko and Hunter Zandee drew the assists.
The Warriors power-play finally clicked at 12:52 when Kylar Hope took advantage of a bad change and walked into the zone firing a slapshot past Short.
Darius Davidson had an opportunity just after that when he went in on a short-handed breakaway but missed the net.
At 14:56, Cole Plotnikoff would steal a puck and fire it home to reinstate a 2-goal lead.
In the 3rd, West Kelowna kept the comeback hopes alive when Jason Cotton buried a power-play goal to move it to 4-3.
The Eagles were resilient as they would get a goal off another breakdown with Davidson firing a shot past Desuatels.
The Warriors got it within one goal with 4:30 remaining and couldn’t get the tying goal as Short stood tall to seal the Eagles 8th win of the season.
West Kelowna finished the trip with just a single point that was picked up in a 2-1 OT loss to Powell River Saturday night.
Warriors return to action next Friday in Merritt against the Centennials, puck drop at 7:30.