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GAME PREVIEW: Warriors Make Final Trip Of Season To Nicola Valley To Battle Centennials

The West Kelowna Warriors (26-17-4-0) will look to get back in the win column as they head on the road for the first time in three weeks as they take on the Merritt Centennials (11-31-3-2) on Saturday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.




Saturday, November 5th @ Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (8-1 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, January 14th @ Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (6-4 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Wednesday, January 25th @ Royal LePage Place (4-3 Warriors/SO) (BOXSCORE)

Monday, February 20th @ Royal LePage Place (9-1 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Sunday, February 26th @ Royal LePage Place (7-1 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, March 4th @ Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (7:00 PM)

Friday, March 24th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)

The Warriors had their four-game win streak come to an abrupt end on Friday night at Royal LePage Place following a 7-1 loss to the Cranbrook Bucks. Ben MacDonald scored the Warriors lone goal on the power play while Cayden Hamming turned aside 17 of the 22 shots he faced in his 3rd loss of the season while Angelo Zol came on in relief and turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

West Kelowna will play their sixth game of their seven-game series against the Merritt Centennials following a 7-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Royal LePage Place. Chris Duclair scored a pair of goals in the winning effort while Nic Porchetta, Brennan Nelson, Ben MacDonald, Michael Salandra and Riley Hlusiak added singles. Cayden Hamming stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in his 7th win of the season.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Jaiden Moriello (23-22-45)

Ben MacDonald (20-21-41)

Rylee Hlusiak (15-24-39)

Isaiah Norlin (4-31-35)

Michael Salandra (15-18-33)

The Warriors head on the road for the second to last time this season before they host five consecutive home games following tonight. West Kelowna has earned points in 13 of their 25 road games this season and have generated the most power play opportunities of any team in the league when it comes to being away from home as they have generated 105.

Ben MacDonald’s team-leading 9th power play goal was the lone marker the Warriors collected on Friday night in their loss to the Bucks. The Harvard University commit has now scored in back-to-back games while extending his point streak to four games, posting 2 goals and 5 assists for 7 points in that span.

The Merritt Centennials come into Saturday night’s game following a 13-1 loss to the Penticton Vees on Friday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Aiden Lindblad scored the lone goal while Conor Sullivan turned aside 47 of the 60 shots thrown his way in his 14th loss of the season.

Centennials Scoring Leaders:

Jaxson Murray (19-23-42)

Jackson Krill (17-18-35)

Christian Lowe (12-17-29)

Connor Farren (6-11-17)

Diego Johnson (9-6-15)

Scoring the lone goal for the Centennials on Friday night, forward Aiden Lindblad notched his first tally as a member of the Centennials after being acquired by the team in January from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Salmon Arm, BC native has tallied a goal and three assists for four points in 13 games played in Merritt and is approaching 100 career regular season games, posting 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 94 career games.

The Warriors and Centennials play the fifth of their seven-game season series this afternoon in West Kelowna with puck drop slated for 2:30 PM from Royal LePage Place. The game will be broadcasted live on the Warriors Broadcast Network as well as streamed online on

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