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RECAP: STRONG START STILL NOT ENOUGH TO TAME WILD

Photo Credit: Julie Pringle Snap Photography

September 7th, 2019

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors hot start still wasn’t enough to take down the Wenatchee Wild Saturday night after losing 5-4.

Without Captain Jake Harrison and Alternate Captain Parm Dhaliwal in the lineup. Things seemed bleak for the West Kelowna Warriors before the puck dropped Saturday night. With only 5 blueliners dressing Brandon West needed a quick start and that’s exactly what he got. First after miscue from the Wild defensive core Lucas Cullen was able to collect the loose puck and give to Brandon Dent in the crease to make it 1-0 Warriors only 45 seconds into the game. Then less than 3 minutes later the Warriors would strike again with Jacob Brockman throwing the puck from behind the Wild net to Warriors defenseman Spencer Hora who made no mistake to take a 2-0 lead. Wild would score late to cut the lead after a Warriors turnover leading to a Nick Cafarelli goal heading into the second frame.

The Wild would score a pair of goals in the second period to make it 3-2. After loading up on shots on goal it seemed the Wild were in complete control unit Rob Chisty was able to create an odd man rush springing Lucas Cullen loose. Cullen would pass the puck to his trailer Austin Chorney beating Wild goaltender Daniel Chenard to tie it up at 3 heading into the third. 

The Wild would start the third on the man advantage and once the power play was over the pressure in the Warriors end would continue leading to Nick Cafarelli scoring his second goal of the night giving the Wild a 4-3 lead. The Wild would continue to force the puck into the Warriors end throughout the period. With 4 minutes to go a Tanner Main shot from the point would go through a load of traffic in front of Brock Baier and in to provide that insurance goal for the Wild. The Warriors would add one late from Lucas Cullen but the Warriors once again would run out of time losing their second straight game of the season.

Three Stars:

  1. WEN Nick Cafarelli (2G-1A)
  2. WKW Lucas Cullen (1G-2A)
  3. WEN Tyler Young (1G-1A)

Fortis Energy Player of the Game:

WKW     Austin Chorney

The Warriors next game is Sunday September 8th versus the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Puck drop 3:00pm from the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm. This game will be streamed on Hockey TV and will be broadcast on the Warriors radio network on Mixlr.