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PREVIEW: MONDAY NIGHT HOCKEY IN COQUITLAM

Photo Credit: Jack Murray

January 7th, 2018

WEST KELOWNA B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors(22-18-0-1) head to Coquitlam tomorrow for a rematch with the Express(20-17-1-0).

WARRIORS VS EXPRESS REGULAR SEASON:

Dec 11th @ West Kelowna   7pm 4-2 WIN

Jan 7th   @ Coquitlam          7pm

The Warriors are coming off another loss, this time to the Trail Smoke Eaters 8-4. It was a tale of both clubs going in opposite directions. The Smoke Eaters, who had a miserable start to the season, utilized their new additions including former Warrior Chase Stevenson which allowed the Smoke Eaters to go 5 for 6 on the powerplay Saturday night. The Warriors have lost a handful of players over the past month, and without their top penalty killer and top winger Lucas Cullen, the Warriors have felt a little empty as of late, but Warriors Head Coach and General Manager Geoff Grimwood isn’t worried about the current state of the club, “There’s no panic here with us, we believe in what we have, we believe in who’s in the dressing room, we believe in how far this team has come, and how far they’re going to come after the new year. It’s just one of those weekends, and you just have to take it and move forward.”

Tonight the Warriors head to Coquitlam to face the Express, a club that has had their fair share of injuries throughout the year. Last time the Warriors played the Express, they were without defensemen Troy Robillard and Drew Cooper, also didn’t have a couple forwards in the lineup due to illness. Express Head Coach Jason Fortier’s roster isn’t quite 100 percent, but he has to feel more comfortable than he did the last time these two clubs met. One player to watch is Express forward Connor Gregga, who picked up a pair of goals in last Saturday’s game in Chilliwack and also scored both goals for the Express in the Dec 11th matchup vs the Warriors.

Warriors Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Chase Johnston is back on the mic with a pregame show 10 minutes before puck drop. Just a reminder that tickets are still available for Saturday night’s matchup versus the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Visit the Warriors website and select single game tickets for more details.