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PREVIEW: WARRIORS BEGIN WEEK 5 OF THE VERNON POD

#18 Sullivan Curran and the rest of the Warriors are looking for a better outcome Friday night versus the Vipers.

Photo Credit: Lisa Mazurek Photography

April 30th, 2021

West Kelowna, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors head back to Vernon for games 15, 16 and 17 of the Pod Season starting Friday evening.

The Warriors are coming off their best victory of the Pod season followed by their worst loss of the Pod season. First, on Sunday night the Warriors were able to solve the their struggles against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks snapping their 5 games losing streak to the Backs. The Warriors figured it all out with a depleted roster that included 9 forwards and 8 defensemen. Monday night was the opposite outcome for the Warriors where the Vernon Vipers took full control of the lack of depth propelling the Vipers to a 9-0 victory. The Warriors got a much needed 4 day break and look to refocus heading into games 15, 16 and 17 of the Pod season.

Friday April 30th VS Vernon Vipers: 7:00pm

The Warriors thought they could hang with the top team in the North Okanagan Pod after defeating the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-0 last Sunday. With the exact same lineup the Warriors came out with a lack of energy leading to a 9-0 Vipers victory last Monday. It was a game the Warriors want to forget. This will be the final game the Warriors will be without Elan Bar Lev Wise. The Warriors Captain has been out serving a nine game suspension. The Vipers are coming off their very first loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks since

Sunday May 2nd VS Salmon Arm Silverbacks: 4:00pm

The Silverbacks finally broke free of the rock/paper/scissors pod after solving the Vernon Vipers last Wednesday evening. The Warriors also found a way to defeat the Silverbacks last Sunday after shutting them out 3-0. It was a game where Warriors 3rd string goaltender Austin Madge picked up a 33 save shutout and the Warriors defense shutdown the top line in the BCHL. The Silverbacks trio of Noah Serdachny, Simon Tassy and Sullivan Mack are still a force to be reckoned with. They will be the 3 players to watch on the opposite side of the ice Sunday evening.

Monday May 3rd VS Vernon Vipers: 7:30pm

The Warriors are hoping to come into this game with a better roster compared to Friday night versus the roster. The obvious entry will be Warriors Captain Elan Bar Lev Wise, who was an obvious need in the Warriors 9-0 loss to the Vipers last Monday night. Others could include Brennan Nelson and Marcus Joughin who could return in week 5 of the Vernon Pod. The Warriors have showed that when healthy they can compete against the number one team in the North Okanagan Pod.

Puck drop for the Warriors on Friday will be 7:00pm versus the Vernon Vipers, Sunday will be 4:00pm versus the Silverbacks and Monday at 7:30pm versus the Vipers. Catch broadcasts on BCHL TV (formally HockeyTV) or tune into the Warriors MixIr radio station.