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GAME PREVIEW: Warriors Travel To East Kootenays To Battle Bucks

The West Kelowna Warriors (24-8-6-0) hit the road once more as they head to the East Kootenays to begin another weekend on the road taking on the Cranbrook Bucks (16-23-2-0) on Friday night at Western Financial Place.

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West Kelowna:

Overall Record: 24-8-6-0 (2nd in Interior Conference – 3rd in BCHL)

Home Record: 12-4-4-0

Road Record: 12-4-2-0

Power Play: 25-for-123 (20.3% – 12th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 114-for-146 (78.1% – 8th in BCHL)


Overall Record: 16-23-2-0 (6th in Interior Conference – 12th in BCHL)

Home Record: 7-11-1-0

Road Record: 9-12-1-0

Power Play: 23-for-121 (19.0% – 15th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 105-for-137 (76.6% – 13th in BCHL)

Season Series:

Friday, September 29th @ Royal LePage Place (2-1 Bucks) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, October 28th @ Western Financial Place (4-3 Warriors) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, November 4th @ Royal LePage Place (2-1 Bucks/OT) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, January 6th @ Royal LePage Place (6-4 Bucks) (BOXSCORE)

Friday, February 9th @ Western Financial Place (6:00 PM PST)

Saturday, March 23rd @ Western Financial Place (6:00 PM PST)

Looking Back:

The Warriors enter the weekend following a 3-1 loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to conclude an Island road trip last Saturday at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Simon Houge scored the lone goal of the game for the Warriors while Rorke Applebee turned aside 29 of the 32 shots thrown his way in his 5th loss of the season.

Cranbrook returns home following a pair of games up north against the Prince George Spruce Kings, winning on Friday night before falling by a 4-2 score on Saturday at Kopar Memorial Arena. Jacob Fletcher and Bryce Sookro tallied the markers for the Bucks while Carter Capton suffered his 10th loss of the season in making 32 saves on 36 shots.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Felix Caron (23-23-46)

Michael Salandra (18-22-40)

Isaiah Norlin (10-28-38)

Jack Pridham (14-21-35)

Jackson Kyrkostas (17-13-30)

Bucks Leading Scorers:

Joseph Blackley (4-23-27)

Donovan Frias (10-15-25)

Julian Frias (11-9-20)

Bryce Sookro (7-13-20)

Kaslo Ferner (4-11-15)

Who’s Hot:

West Kelowna:

  • Cal Hughes – Forward – Westwood, Massachusetts – Boston University

Riding a five-game point streak into the weekend, Hughes has been a consistent point producer for the Warriors over the season, especially since the calendar flipped to 2024. The BU commit has registered three goals and six assists for nine points during his five-game point streak. Since January 1st, Hughes has points in seven of eight games while scoring in four of those contests.

  • Simon Houge – Defenseman – Woodbury, Minnesota – Air Force Academy

After 29 games in his BCHL career, Houge was able to find the back of the net last Friday in Nanaimo for his first BCHL goal before following that up with another marker on Saturday in Port Alberni and has now tallied in back-to-back games. The Air Force Academy commit has points in three of his last four games and ranks third on the team in scoring from the blueline.


  • Julian Frias – Forward – Hudson, Massachusetts – Yale University

Approaching 100 games in the BCHL, Frias is a veteran forward who has surpassed his total for points all of last season in 15 fewer games this campaign. The Yale University commit has amassed points in five of his last seven games and his 11 goals lead the Bucks in that department.

  • Jacob Fletcher – Forward – Midland, Ontario

A player that had a lot of success in Prince George a weekend ago was Fletcher, who collecting a goal and an assist in each of the two games against the Spruce Kings. The Midland, Ontario native has scored in three of his last four games and collected points in four of his last five contests.

The Warriors and Bucks play the fifth of their six-game season set from Western Financial Place. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 PM PST with the game being broadcasted live on AM 1150 as well as streamed online on FloHockey.