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Photo Credit: Damon James

January 7th, 2019

COQUITLAM B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors lose their fifth straight game in Coquitlam by a score of 8-1.

The Warriors started off the first period the same way they started last Saturday night versus Trail scoring the first goal of the hockey game. This time it was Austin Chorney scoring his first goal as a member of the Warriors skating past the Express defenders to make it 1-0. The Express would answer back on the powerplay with Connor Gregga utilizing a nifty slap pass toward Jared Power who tipped the puck past Connor Hopkins to tie it up at one heading into the second period.

The second period may have been one of the worst in Warriors history. A total of 6 goals were scored by the Express all of them unanswered by the Warriors as the Express took their play to the next gear. Express forward Jared Power scored a hatrick, and the Express were able to add 3 more goals in the span on 11:05. Brock Baier replaced Connor Hopkins between the pipes. The Warriors went into the dressing room depleted and out shot by a large margin.

It was obvious that the Express took their foot off the gas pedal in the third period allowing the Warriors numerous scoring chances but the Warriors were unable to solve Express goaltender Kolby Matthews who stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal. The Express would add one more powerplay goal late to finish the game with an 8-1 victory.

Shots on goal

3 Stars

  1. COQ   F Jared Power       (3G)
  2. COQ   F Regan Kimens   (1G-1A)
  3. COQ   F Connor Gregga    (3A)


Fortis Energy Player of the Game:

COQ    G Kolby Matthews    (36 Saves)

The Warriors next game is Friday night versus the Merritt Centennials. Puck drop at 7:00pm from the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in Merritt. Catch Friday’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.