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Photo: #10 Zach Reim would score his first BCHL goal in his first BCHL regular season game Friday night. Reim would also earn 2nd star honours.

Photo Credit: Tami Quan

October 15th, 2021

CRANBROOK, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors avoided a slow start affect their game as they turned on the jets and defeated the Cranbrook Bucks by a score of 4-1 Friday night.

The game didn’t start well for the Warriors with the Bucks scoring the first goal. Forward Tyson Dyck was able to find an open Noah Quinn to give the Bucks an early 1-0 lead after one. The shots on goal after the first period showed 17-7 in favor of the Cranbrook Bucks.

The Warriors picked up their game in a big way in the second half of period two. First Zach Reim was able to take a Marcus Joughin pass and wire a wrist shot past Nathan Airey to tie the game up at one. Reim admitted it was nice to be able to put the puck in the net in his first game, “I think I’m more of a defensive defenseman so scoring obviously is great,” stated Reim. “I take care of my own end first and then, it’s nice when you get on the scoresheet”. 

Then Warriors history was made. 3 goals in the span of 29 seconds was a team record set. First Marcus Joughin would play the puck to Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero allowing the Warriors to take their first lead of the game. Then a new line would take the faceoff and Elan Bar Lev Wise would accept a pass from Felix Trudeau to make it 3-1. Then 16 seconds later Tyler Cristall would score the Warriors 4th goal of the game to make it 4-1. Johnny Derrick would stand tall in the third period stopping a total of 36 shots propelling the Warriors to a 4-1 victory. For the first time since the 2011-12 season the Warriors would begin the regular season with a 3-0 record. Warriors Assistant Coach Ayrton Nikkel has seen some interesting things happen in a hockey game, but admits that he’s never seen anything like this 3 goal stretch the Warriors had, “It’s got to be a record of some sort. It was 3 lines, that’s what special about it. It was back to back to back of 3 lines and thats the special part of it and it really shows what momentum can really do”.

The Warriors cap off their road trip Saturday, October 16th against the Cranbrook Bucks. Puck drop at 7:00pm MT, 6:00pm PST from Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. The game will also be broadcast live on HockeyTV and  the BCHLWarriors Mixlr feed.