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GAME PREVIEW: Warriors Conclude Home Schedule With Visit From Powell River

The West Kelowna Warriors (31-10-11-0) conclude their regular season home ice schedule on Friday night as they host the Powell River Kings (14-33-5-0) on Fan Appreciation Night at Royal LePage Place.

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West Kelowna:

Overall Record: 31-10-11-0 (2nd in Interior Conference – 3rd in BCHL)

Home Record: 15-4-7-0

Road Record: 16-6-4-0

Power Play: 34-for-158 (21.5% – 7th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 147-for-189 (77.8% – 11th in BCHL)

Powell River:

Overall Record: 14-33-5-0 (7th in Interior Conference – 13th in BCHL)

Home Record: 9-16-2-0

Road Record: 5-17-3-0

Power Play: 46-for-210 (21.9% – 6th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 154-for-199 (77.4% – 13th in BCHL)

Season Series:

Friday, March 29th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)

Looking Back:

The Warriors come into the final weekend of the regular season having collected points in each of their last 10 games and swept a weekend on the road in the Kootenays, finishing with a 4-1 victory on Saturday night over the Cranbrook Bucks at Western Financial Place. Felix Caron scored a pair of goals in the game while Cal Hughes and Sean Keohane added singles in the win. Rorke Applebee was terrific in net, turning aside 29 of the 30 shots thrown his way in his 23rd victory of the season.

Powell River enters play just three points back of the final playoff spot in the BC Hockey League and dropped a 3-2 game in overtime to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Anthony Lucarelli and Wyatt Davis each found the back of the net in the OT setback while former Warrior Justin Katz made 46 saves on 49 shots in his 4th overtime loss of the season.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Felix Caron (30-34-64)

Isaiah Norlin (12-36-48)

Jack Pridham (22-24-46)

Jackson Kyrostas (22-22-44)

Michael Salandra (21-23-44)

Kings Leading Scorers:

Anthony Yu (18-36-54)

Anthony Lucarelli (22-27-49)

Christian Maro (14-22-36)

Simone Dadiè (13-19-32)

Will Jones (9-22-31)

Who’s Hot:

West Kelowna:

  • Sean Keohane – Defenseman – Milton, Massachusetts – Harvard University – Buffalo Sabres Prospect

With points in 6 of the 7 games the Warriors have played in March, Keohane has been a consistent point producer from the back end in the final month of regular season action. The Buffalo Sabres prospect has goals in back-to-back games as well as registering 2 goals and 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points over his last 7 games.

  • Cal Hughes – Westwood, Massachusetts – Boston Univesity

Speaking of a strong month, Hughes has been the top point producer for West Kelowna in March with 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The BU commit has points in each of his last three games, earning a goal and three assists for four points in that span and has registered three multi-point games in the month.

Powell River:

  • Justin Katz – Goaltender – Montreal, Quebec – Cornell University

After playing with the Warriors for two and a half seasons, Katz makes his return to RLP and West Kelowna for the first time since a trade in the middle of this season saw the goaltender head to Powell River from the Central Okanagan. The Cornell University commit played 52 games with West Kelowna over his time with the team while having posted a 3.18 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with the Kings in 9 games.

  • Anthony Lucarelli – Forward – Chatham, Ontario – Long Island University (LIU)

Being the second half of an all-Anthony scoring duo to lead the Kings in points (along with Anthony Yu), Lucarelli has set a career high in points with 49 in 50 games this season. A veteran of the league, playing in 151 career games, the LIU commit has been a scoring threat throughout that time, scoring 57 goals and 120 points in that span while potting goals in back-to-back games and riding a three-game point streak into Friday night.

The Warriors and Kings play in their lone game of the season series and the final home game of the regular season schedule for West Kelowna at Royal LePage Place on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with tickets available for purchase online on the Warriors website as well as in-person at the Box Office, open one hour ahead of the opening puck drop.