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GAME RECAP: Warriors Stumble In 11-3 Loss To Vees

PHOTO: Lisa Mazurek/Lisa Mazurek Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 17th, 2017

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors didn’t have much go their way in an 11-3 loss to the Penticton Vees on Friday night at Royal LePage Place, putting an end to their six-game home winning streak.

The Vees opened the scoring 4:05 into the 1st period as Dakota Boutin finished off a backdoor play that was started by Massimo Rizzo, the first of his five-assist game, as Penticton jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

The Warriors did tie the game just under four minutes later as Willie Reim banged home a loose rebound in front for his 6th goal of the season after a Jake Harrison shot got through traffic to tie the game at one at the 8:04 mark of the period.

The Vees scored two in the final five minutes of the period, starting with an Owen Sillinger shot from the left face-off circle that slid by Warriors netminder Cody Porter on the glove side to give the Vees a 2-1 advantage at the 15:28 mark of the 1st period.

Nicky Leivermann pushed the Vees lead to 3-1 before the period ended at the 19:03 mark as his shot from the point was lost in the pads of Porter and rolled across the goal line for the two-goal advantage late in the 1st period.

The Vees pressed on with four goals in the 2nd period started by a Boutin breakaway goal just 44 seconds into the frame followed by Leivermann’s second goal of the contest at the 11:09 mark of the frame to put the Vees ahead by a 5-1 score.

Sillinger scored his second goal of the night at the 15:50 mark of the 2nd period on a shot that squeezed through Porter’s pads while Boutin capped off his hat trick just moments later at the 16:44 mark to put Penticton up by a 7-1 score after two periods.

Wyatt Head picked up his first BCHL goal as his shot from the slot went through the five-hole of Vees goaltender Adam Scheel to get the Warriors their second goal of the night at the 4:57 mark of the 3rd period to cut the lead to 7-2.

Cole Demers replaced Porter in the Warriors goal to start the 3rd period where the Vees would tack on four more goals started by Leivermann tallying a hat trick at the 7:13 of the 3rd period on a highlight reel move to put the Vees up by an 8-2 score.

Ryan Sandelin and Ben Allen added to the Vees lead to push the lead to 10-2 before RJ Murphy capitalized on a breakaway at the 12:12 mark for his 6th goal of the season to make it a 10-3 game before Allen added his second of the game at the 16:26 mark of the 3rd and finished the scoring on an 11-3 Vees win.

Cody Porter started the game in goal for the Warriors, stopping 21 of the 27 shots he faced in the game and suffered his 2nd loss of the season. Adam Scheel turned aside 36 of the 39 shots he faced in the game for his 8th win of the season.

FINAL SCORE: 11-3 Vees

FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: 42-39 Vees

Warriors PP: 0/1

Warriors PK: 2/2

3 Stars:

1) Massimo Rizzo (0-5-5)

2) Nicky Leivermann (3-0-3)

3) Dakota Boutin (3-0-3)

Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Willie Reim (1-0-1)

ATTENDANCE: 1,062

The Warriors (14-10-0-1) have a quick turnaround as they will head out for the northern part of British Columbia to take on the Prince George Spruce Kings (12-9-3-2) on Saturday night at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 PM with the pre-game starting at 6:45 PM on the Warriors Internet Network and HockeyTV.com with the Voice of the Warriors, Trevor Miller. The Warriors are back at home on Friday, November 23rd for a matchup against the Merritt Centennials.