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Vipers #17 Jojo Tanaka Campbell (left) two goals was the difference in the 5-3 victory over the #11 Nick Ardanaz (right) and the West Kelowna Warriors Sunday afternoon.

Photo Credit: Lisa Mazurek Photography


April 4th, 2021

Vernon, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors costly turnovers leads to a 5-3 loss to the Vernon Vipers Sunday afternoon.

It was a great start for the Warriors with Cameron Hicklin scoring his first BCHL goal only 2 minutes into the game to make it 1-0 Warriors. It was a simple tip pass from Riley Sharun to Ben Woodhouse who was then able to thread the needle finding Hicklin right near the crease to beat Vipers goalkeeper James Porter Jr. Late in the period the Vipers would strike on a 5 on 3. A pass from Nick Remissong allowed Nick Kent to blast a slap shot from the point past Warriors goaltender Johnny Derrick to tie the game at one heading into the second frame. 

The second period started with the Warriors on the powerplay but a costly turnover led to a shorthanded goal from Jojo Tanaka-Campbell only 1:38 into period 2. Late in the period Tyson Jugnauth would cough up the puck in the attacking zone leading to Cameron MacDonald to find an open Seth Bafaro to extend the lead to 3-1 with only 3 minutes remaining in the period. The Warriors would get a late tally with only 11 seconds to go when Cameron Hicklin scored his 2nd of the game cutting the lead to only one.

The Warriors got off to the start they needed with a quick power play goal from Carter Wilkie off a Nick Ardanaz feed to tie the game up at three with under 17 minutes remaining in regulation. It wouldn’t take the Vipers long to restore the lead with Jojo Tanaka Campbell scoring his second of the hockey game only 2 minutes later. The Warriors would get a much needed power play with only 7 minutes remaining but yet another costly turnover led to Cam MacDonald scoring the Vipers insurance goal of the game putting the game out of reach. 5-3 Vipers final.

The Warriors are back in action Thursday and Friday afternoon. Thursday will be against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Friday against the Vernon Vipers. Puck drop at 1:00pm for both games. Warriors fans can enjoy each game on BCHLTV (formally HockeyTV) or on the free internet radio stream on Mixlr.