Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Submitted by Kyle Anderson
The West Kelowna Warriors battled back from down 2 goals twice in the game, and never lead, but take the 2 points in a 6-5 double OT Victory.
The Express got on the board early on in the 1st period as Daniel Fritz put a powerplay marker past Scott Patton at 6:26, before Colton Kerfoot made it 2-0 at 10:54 on a rebound.
West Kelowna had taken the first 3 penalties of this game, but as the Express began a little parade to the box and the Warriors had a couple of extended 5 on 3 advantages.
On their 2nd 5 on 3 opportunity, Jason Cotton got the puck at the point, closed the gap down to the top of the circle, and wired one top shelf past Braden Krogfoss to make it 2-1.
?The 2nd period would start with a bang as just 2:21 in Ryan Ivey got a pass from Liam Blackburn and buried it to tie this one up at 2. Coquitlam responded at 9:57 on a goal from Corey Mackin, and just 10 seconds later Brett Supinski got another which ended the night for Patton.
Just over a minute later, Michael Buonincontri would jam the puck past Krogfoss and take a big hit at the same time. Buonincontri went to the dressing room and did not return. The Express extended their lead again at 13:09 as Fritz scored his 2nd of the night, this one against Desautels on the Powerplay at 13:09.
The Warriors would come out flying in the 3rd period but couldn’t buy a goal early on until 12:06 when Jonathan Desbiens would get a pass in the slot from Blakburn to make it 5-3. Desbiens would be at it again with 51.4 seconds remaining as he deflected a Kristian Blumenschein point shot to tie this one up.
The first overtime segment was fast paced with good chances at both ends. In the 2nd OT session, Jordan Masters would be awarded a penalty shot, however a huge save by Krogfoss kept it tied.
Brett Mennear would then get control of the puck off a draw and skate around the offensive zone, firing one towards the goal and crashing the net. The puck would remain lose and Mennear was able to poke it over the line for the game winning goal.
Next action is Saturday vs. Merritt at Royal Lepage Place 7 PM, and Sunday vs. Cowichan Valley at 2:30 PM.