Photo Credit: Garrett James
February 8th, 2019
CHILLIWACK B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors put together a great defensive effort, but it still wasn’t enough to take down the BCHL’s number one team the Chilliwack Chiefs.
Both clubs traded turnovers to start the game. First a Warrior’s pass would deflect into the possession of the Chiefs which led Chiefs forward Kevin Wall to score his 27th of the season to make it 1-0. Only two minutes later Chiefs goaltender Daniel Chenard would giveaway the puck to Cavin Tilsley behind the net allowing Tilsley to pass to Sam Anderson who found a wide open Bennett Norlin in the slot to tie the game at one. Late in the period Chiefs forward Cole Donhauser was rewarded with a penalty shot but couldn’t beat Warriors goaltender Connor Hopkins keeping the game tied at one heading into the dressing room.
The second period was all Warriors to start. The best chance went to Warriors forward Chase Dubois who was able to beat Daniel Chenard but not the net hitting the left post and out. The Chiefs failed to score on a powerplay opportunity but gave Connor Hopkins plenty of shots. At one point in the period the shots on goal were 21-14 in favor of the Warriors. The second period would end with the shots tied at 22 a piece.
Both clubs came out hard to start the third. The Chiefs had a moment of pressure in the Warriors zone six minutes into the period and it was defender Nathan Kelly who was able to fire a harmless shot towards the net which was tipped by Matt Holmes and in to make it 2-1 Chiefs. The Warriors would push back late in the third with a couple scoring chances but couldn’t beat Chiefs goaltender Daniel Chenard who would finish the game stopping 32 of 33 shots on goal.
Shots on goal 33-28 in favor of the Warriors.
- CHW G Daniel Chenard (32 Saves)
- CHW F Matt Holmes (1G-1A)(GWG)
- WKW G Connor Hopkins (26 Saves)
Fortis Energy Player of the Game:
CHW F 9 Cole Donhauser
The Warriors next game is Saturday night versus the Powell River Kings. Puck drop at 7:00pm from Hap Parker Arena. Catch Saturday’s game and every other home and away game this season on Mixlr and Hockey TV. Just head to the Warriors website and click on the “Listen Live” column to get directed to a radio feed of each game.