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GAME PREVIEW: Family Day Matinee Sees Warriors Host Rivermen at RLP

The West Kelowna Warriors (25-10-7-0) return to home ice for their final game at RLP in the month of February as they host the Langley Rivermen (13-25-5-0) in a Family Day matinee on Monday afternoon.

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West Kelowna:

Overall Record: 25-10-7-0 (2nd in Interior Conference – 3rd in BCHL)

Home Record: 13-5-4-0

Road Record: 12-5-3-0

Power Play: 27-for-130 (20.8% – 10th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 118-for-156 (75.6% – 13th in BCHL)


Overall Record: 13-25-5-0 (7th in Coastal Conference – 14th in BCHL)

Home Record: 9-10-2-0

Road Record: 4-15-3-0

Power Play: 31-for-158 (19.6% – 14th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 113-for-143 (79.0% – 9th in BCHL)

Season Series:

Monday, October 23rd @ Kraken Community Iceplex (4-2 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Monday, February 19th @ Royal LePage Place (2:30 PM)

Looking Back:

West Kelowna comes into the game on Monday afternoon following their first shutout loss of the season as they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Penticton Vees on Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Rorke Applebee turned aside 19 of the 23 shots thrown his way in his 6th loss of the season.

The Rivermen finish a weekend that has seen a lot of travel, spending time on Vancouver Island and earning a 4-2 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday night. Ryder McIntosh scored a pair of goals in the win while Luke Ashton and Dalton MacGillivray added singles in the victory with Charlie Tritt turning aside 24 of the 26 shots thrown his way in his 5th win of the season.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Felix Caron (25-26-51)

Michael Salandra (21-22-43)

Isaiah Norlin (11-30-41)

Jack Pridham (16-21-37)

Jackson Kyrkostas (17-16-33)

Rivermen Leading Scorers:

Vitaly Levyy (18-25-43)

Oskar Komarov (12-19-31)

Luke Ashton (15-15-30)

Ryan Schelling (9-15-24)

Aaron Reierson (8-8-16)

Who’s Hot:

West Kelowna:

  • Shorthanded Scoring

While the Warriors would like to have their penalty kill keep the puck out of their net, the offensive side of the penalty kill has been some of the strongest in the BCHL. West Kelowna is tied with the Bulldogs and Chilliwack Chiefs for top spot in shorthanded goals for this season with 9 while only surrendering 1 against while on the power play, tied with Penticton for the BCHL’s best as well.

  • Heat Of The Battle

The Warriors conclude their weekend with their third game in three and a half days and continue to be in the thick of the race for positioning in the BCHL’s Interior Conference. West Kelowna stands in 2nd place in the conference, leading the Salmon Arm Silverbacks by five points while trailing the Vees by seven points. This afternoon’s game against Langley kickstarts a three-game Coastal Conference stretch for the Warriors as they visit each of Surrey and Coquitlam this weekend.


  • Oskar Komarov – Forward – Uusikaarleppy, Finland

Points in eight consecutive games for the Finnish forward has him riding high into the afternoon affair against the Warriors. Komarov has earned three goals and six assists for nine points during his eight games consecutive points stretch while scoring in two of his last three games.

  • Ryan Schelling – Forward – Suffern, New York – Providence College

Acquired by the Rivermen at the Trade Deadline from the Surrey Eagles, Schelling has been a welcome addition with points in three of his last four games. The Providence College commit has points in four of his last five contests including goals in two of his last four games with Langley.

The Warriors and Rivermen finish off their season series on Monday afternoon with a 2:30 PM puck drop at Royal LePage Place. Tickets are available for purchase on the Warriors website as well as in-person at the Box Office, open one hour ahead of puck drop.