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April 3rd, 2021
Vernon, B.C. – West Kelowna Warriors open their BCHL Pod Season with a 2-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
The West Kelowna Warriors BCHL Pod Season got underway Saturday night with a matchup against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Warriors had chances early to take advantage of a Silverbacks steam that played the night before. Seeing the game’s first two power plays the Warriors were unable to find the back of the net.
The teams played evenly through the rest of the first and second periods. Trading chances and power play opportunities but the score would stay knotted at zero through forty minutes. Warriors goaltender Zach Bennett was mainly the reason why the score remained 0-0.
Just past the six minute mark of the third period the Silverbacks capitalized on their fourth chance with the man advantage. Sullivan Mack ‘s wrister from the top of the face off circle eluded a screened Zachary Bennett.
The Warriors responded on a powerplay of their own. A beautiful tic-tac-toe style passing play finished off by newcomer Benjamin Woodhouse. The Warriors captured the lead with just over a minute left in regulation. An outlet pass from Zach Brooks landed on Carter Wilke’s stick sending him in on a partial break away. Wilkie protected the puck and drove hard to the net scoring what proved to be the game winner.
West Kelowna now looks forward to a match-up with The Vernon Vipers on Sunday April 4th. Puck drop from that game is 4:00pm. Catch broadcasts on BCHL TV (formally HockeyTV) or tune into the Warriors MixIr radio station.