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PREVIEW: WARRIORS PLAY DEFENDING FRED PAGE CUP CHAMPIONS FRIDAY MORNING

#10 Max Bulawka

Photo Credit: Garrett James Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4th, 2019

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The Warriors(1-8-2) and Spruce Kings(3-4-2) kick off the Penticton portion of the BCHL Showcase presented by Bauer. 

Warriors vs. Spruce Kings 2019/20 Regular Season Schedule:

Friday, October 4th @ South Okanagan Events Centre (10:00 AM)    

Saturday, November 16th @ Rolling Mix Concrete Arena  (7:00 PM)  

Saturday, February 1st @ Royal LePage Place (6:00 PM)

The Warriors are looking to rebound after suffering their seventh straight loss Tuesday night to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. It was a game where the Warriors were within one goal of the Silverbacks with a minute remaining in the 2nd period, but after a controversial non call on offsides led to a Silverbacks goal with 5 seconds remaining in the second frame, the Warriors would lose all momentum. The final score would show 6-1 Silverbacks, and it’s easy to point out the injuries and illnesses played a factor in the Warriors poor play, especially in the final frame. The cold and flu bug continues to follow the Warriors with Levi Stauber out of the lineup this weekend. Stauber currently leads the Warriors in power play goals and the Warriors are looking for solutions on the man advantage with both Parm Dhaliwal and Jake Harrison out of the lineup still. The addition of Kirs Pietroniro provides a large body up front to screen goaltenders but the Warriors will have to fill the void of a left side circle wrist shot Stauber provides.

This morning the Warriors face an unfamiliar team, the Prince George Spruce Kings. Like most coastal division clubs, the Spruce Kings have had an up and down start to the season. The defending Fred Page Cup Champions are without the likes of Ben Brar, Layton Ahac, Dustin Manz, Patrick Cozzi and former Captain Ben Poisson. The unusual start to the 2019-2020 campaign has the Spruce Kings holding onto a losing record a month in. Like most BCHL clubs, using a new lineup takes time to develop chemistry, and it’s only a matter of time before this Spruce Kings team explodes as a contender once again. It all starts with the youth movement up front with Fin Williams and Brett Pfoh. Williams played with the Spruce Kings during their playoff run as a 15 year old. The North Vancouver native is already committed to Michigan for the 2021-2022 season and is already third in team scoring. The Warriors need to also be aware of Spruce Kings goaltender Jett Alexander. Alexander, 19, was received honors for top goaltender and MVP during the 2018-19 season with the OJHL’s North York Rangers. The Spruce Kings might be the best team in the BCHL with a losing record, and the Warriors need to treat them with the same respect they paid clubs like the Penticton Vees and Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

This evening’s game will be broadcast on both HockeyTV and the Warriors Mixlr Network. Puck drop at 10:00am from the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton. For tickets to any upcoming home game visit tickets.westkelownawarriors.ca for details and packages.