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GAME PREVIEW: Weekend In Prince George Concludes With Saturday Night Matchup

The West Kelowna Warriors (9-5-2-0) look to fight their way back into the win column with the second of a weekend doubleheader against the Prince George Spruce Kings (4-7-3-0) on Saturday night at Kopar Memorial Arena.

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West Kelowna:

Overall Record: 9-5-2-0 (3rd in Interior Conference – 6th in BCHL)

Home Record: 4-2-2-0

Road Record: 5-3-0-0

Power Play: 8-for-45 (17.8% – 13th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 48-for-60 (80.0% – 8th in BCHL)

Prince George:

Overall Record: 4-7-3-0 (7th in Interior Conference – 13th in BCHL)

Home Record: 3-1-2-0

Road Record: 1-6-1-0

Power Play: 15-for-63 (23.8% – 7th in BCHL)

Penalty Kill: 40-for-51 (78.4% – 9th in BCHL)

Season Series:

Friday, October 13th @ Royal LePage Place (3-2 Warriors/OT) (BOXSCORE)

Friday, November 10th @ Kopar Memorial Arena (3-1 Spruce Kings) (BOXSCORE)

Saturday, November 11th @ Kopar Memorial Arena (6:00 PM)

Friday, December 29th @ Kopar Memorial Arena (7:00 PM)

Saturday, December 30th @ Kopar Memorial Arena (6:00 PM)

Saturday, March 9th @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)

Looking Back:

The Warriors and Spruce Kings will play the second of their weekend doubleheader following a 3-1 Prince George victory on Friday night at Kopar Memorial Arena. Jackson Kyrkostas had the lone goal for the Warriors while Trent Ballentyne, Alexix Cournoyer and Linden Makow scored for the Spruce Kings. Justin Katz turned aside 17 of the 20 shots thrown his way in his 1st loss of the season while Marcus Ouellet made 30 saves on 31 shots in his 2nd win of the season.

Warriors Leading Scorers:

Felix Caron (10-8-18)

Johannes Løkkeberg (5-10-15)

Brennan Nelson (4-10-14)

Michael Salandra (6-7-13)

Jackson Kyrkostas (7-5-12)

Spruce Kings Leading Scorers:

Kilian McGregor-Bennett (6-6-12)

JR Perdion (4-5-9)

Max Ranstrom (3-6-9)

Kai Greaves (0-9-9)

Kazumo Sasaki (2-6-8)

Who’s Hot:

West Kelowna:

  • Shots, shots, shots, shots and shots

Goals have been few and far between for the Warriors over the last pair of games, scoring just once in each of their last two contests. The positives? They are shooting, a lot, and not allowing many shots at all. West Kelowna ranks 8th in the league in shots per game, averaging 32.4 while sitting in 1st in shots against per game, allowing just 25.8 on average this season. The 3rd period has been the best of the periods for the Warriors in shutting down opponent chances, giving up just 108 shots in the final period this season, averaging just 6.75 shots against in the 3rd period.

  • Jackson Kyrkostas – Forward – West Palm Beach, Florda – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Scoring the lone goal for the Warriors in last night’s game, Kyrkostas extended his season-long point streak to five games and has been one consistent outlet of the offense over the past few games. The RPI commit has posted three goals and two assists for five points over his five-game point streak while ranking 11th in the BCHL in rookie scoring.

Prince George:

  • Alexis Cournoyer – Forward – Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

Posting a goal and an assist in last night’s victory, the Spruce Kings forward played a major part in his team’s fourth win of the season. A native of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Cournoyer has registered points in three of his last four games with two goals and two assists in that time.

  • Linden Makow – Forward – Prince George, BC

A local product who has played in 109 games with the Spruce Kings over his tenure in the league, Makow added the insurance marker in the game on Friday night to help his team earn the win and his second goal against West Kelowna this season. Makow has had some success against the Warriors in the past, posting a two-goal, three-point contest last season in early March.

The Warriors and Spruce Kings play the first of their two-game set in Prince George on Friday night at the Kopar Memorial Arena. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 PM with the game broadcasted live on as well as streamed online on FloHockey.