Photo Credit: Tami Quan Photography
March 6th, 2019
WEST KELOWNA B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors tie the best of seven series at two after a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Wenatchee Wild Wednesday night.
The Warriors would have their worst start of the series so far allowing the first goal of the four games played. After killing a Wild power play the Warriors would attempt at moving the puck around the Wild zone, but after a Lucas Bahn shot was blocked, Bahn would try and play the puck off the boards which would immediately be intercepted by the Wild Captain Lucas Sowder who made no mistake beating Connor Hopkins to make it 1-0. The Warriors would get a power play late in the period but the Wild were able to kill it thanks to a couple stellar saves from Wild goaltender Cal Sandquist.
The Warriors got three power play opportunities in the second period but were unable to capitalize mainly because their top scorer Mike Hardman left to the dressing room with an undisclosed injury. The Wild were able to create a couple scoring chances with one of them a three on one but Connor Hopkins robbed the Wild forwards with one of his best saves of the year to keep it 1-0 heading into the dressing room.
Holding on with a 1-0 lead in the third period, the Wild would go on the attack to start the final frame. After a couple big saves by Connor Hopkins the Warriors would go to work once again. With 15 minutes remaining in the period Chase Dubois would hold the puck in the attacking zone feeding Lucas Bahn who would fire a shot from the point which would redirect off the skate of Parm Dhaliwal and past Cal Sandquist to tie it up at one sending the game to overtime. In the extra frame a simple clearing along the boards by Anthony Bishop would go to Parm Dhaliwal would muscle his way past the Wild defender and wrist the puck top shelf past Cal Sandquist to win it in overtime.
Shots on goal 40-33 in favor of the Wild.
- WKW F Parm Dhaliwal (2G)
- WKW G Connor Hopkins (39 Saves)
- WEN G Cal Sandquist (31 Saves)
Fortis Energy Player of the Game:
WKW F Willie Reim
The Warriors next game is Game 5 of the BCHL Interior Division Quarterfinal Friday night versus the Wenatchee Wild. Puck drop at 7:00pm from Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna. 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.