Photo Credit: Tami Quan Photography
January 3rd, 2020
WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors(7-23-5-2) kick off the new year at home versus the Coquitlam Express(33-5) Friday night.
Warriors vs. Express 2019/20 Regular Season Schedule:
Friday, November 1st @ Poirier Sports and Recreation Complex (7:00 PM) LOSS 4-0
Friday, January 3rd @ Royal LePage Place (7:00 PM)
The Warriors needed a victory to gain momentum in the BCHL standings and they got it when they defeated the Merritt Centennials 5-3. It was a game the Warriors desperately needed to win to keep up with the Cents as they battle for the final playoff spot. The Warriors got production from forwards Max Bulawka and Deegan Mofford who both had multi point games. Nick Ardanaz also continued his stellar December with another multi point night leading to an honourable mention for BCHL Player of the Month award. The Warriors will have a new look on the bench with Simon Ferguson taking over for Brandon West. Ferguson has a wealth of experience in junior and professional hockey dating back to his time with the Kelowna Rockets winning a Memorial Cup. Ferguson has spent the past two seasons as the Head Coach of the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League(BCMML).
Tonight the Warriors host the Coquitlam Express. Currently the Express hold the top spot in the BCHL with 66 points. The Express faced the Warriors back in November where they played a stout defensive game leading to a 4-0 shutout. The Express also lead the BCHL in goals for and goals against. The Warriors have allowed 148 goals this season compared to the Express 74 goals allowed. Goaltending is also a major strength with Clay Stevenson recently named CJHL’s 1st star of the month making him the best player in the country in December. The Warriors will need to make sure they don’t play from behind versus the leagues top defensive club, and use their momentum they’ve gained on special teams to put the puck behind Stevenson.
This evening’s game will be broadcast on both HockeyTV and the Warriors Mixlr Network. Puck drop at 7:00pm from Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna. For tickets to any upcoming home game visit tickets.westkelownawarriors.ca for details and packages.