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#5 Charles-Alexis Legault has his eyes set on Cranbrook this weekend.

Photo Credit: Tami Quan Photography

October 15th. 2021

CRANBROOK B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors go head to head with the Cranbrook Bucks for the first time ever this evening.

The Warriors are coming off a well earned victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters Wednesday evening. It was a game that saw the Warriors spend a majority of it inside the penalty box but the Warriors found other ways to score including John Evans scoring the Warriors first short handed goal of the season. Evans scored a pair of goals and earned first star of the hockey game after a stellar night. The win for the Warriors was their first victory in Trail since October 20th, 2018. Assistant Coach Ayrton Nikkel admits it felt good to end the curse in cominco, “It’s not the easiest first road game for these guys to handle, but a couple big games from a couple keys players and came up with the win.”

Kootenay Road Trip Breakdown

Wednesday October 13th VS Trail Smoke Eaters: 7:00pm PST – WIN 5-4 

Friday October 15th VS Cranbrook Bucks: 6:00pm PST 

Saturday October 16th VS Cranbrook Bucks: 6:00pm PST

Tonight the Warriors take on the Cranbrook Bucks, a hockey club that has only faced the Trail Smoke Eaters & Penticton Vees since their inauguration back in the Summer of 2020. The Warriors had the luxury of checking into their hotel a day early and got some ice time inside Western Financial Place before Friday’s game. Although there is no history between the Warriors and the Bucks yet, new Warriors forward Chase Dafoe spent last Spring inside the Pod with the Trail Smoke Eaters and had his fare share of matchups with the Bucks. Dafoe stated the team was young and matched up well defensively against both the Smoke Eaters and the Vees at times. Warriors Assistant Coach Ayrton Nikkel just wants his team to simply do the defensive things properly so his team can spend more time in the offensive zone.

Puck drop for the Warriors/Bucks will be 7:00pm MT, 6:00pm PST both Friday and Saturday from Western Financial Place. All Warriors preseason games will be broadcast on HockeyTV and the Warriors Mixlr internet radio feed. Season Tickets and Single Game Tickets are now available online or direct from the Warriors office. For more info visit the Warriors website or call (250)769-7051.