BCHL PLAYOFFS: West Kelowna Warriors edged by visiting Vees
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March 08, 2015 - 9:13 AM
WEST KELOWNA - The West Kelowna Warriors travel to Penticton for game five of the BCHL Interior Division semi-final with a 3-1 series deficit following Saturday night's 3-2 loss to the visiting Vees.
The Warriors had a 2-1 lead heading into the third period on Saturday, March 7, but Penticton tied it up and got the winner with 2:14 remaining to take the series lead.
One night after a marathon game Friday, March 6, that went into triple overtime, both teams came out a little slow but it was the Vees who got on the board first.
Working a nice three-on-two, Vee's defenceman Gabe Bast was the recepient of a Patrick Newell pass and his shot on Warriors netminder Stephen Heslop squeaked through and over the line.
The Warriors played physical after the opening goal but couldn't create any opportunities in the opening 20 minutes.
Vees forward Lewis Zerter Gossage had a glorious opportunity in the period, but his shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and it stayed out.
In the second period, the Warriors would tie the game on a Kristian Blumenschein wrist shot that bounced off something at the side of the goal and ended up going in.
On the Warriors second power-play of the night, forward Liam Blackburn would get a beautiful pass through the seam from Tanner Campbell and beat Vees netminder Hunter Miska.
The third period lead hasn't been a good omen for any team in this series and the Warriors were on the wrong side of it once again in this game.
Vees forward Connor Chartier put a rebound past Heslop at 5:03 and tied the game up, which looked destined for overtime once again.
In the final three minutes, Zerter-Gossage would wrap the puck around the net and it ended up sliding to teammate Dakota Conroy who put it into the yawning cage.
Warrior's goaltender Heslop picked up first star honours.
Game five of the series goes Monday, March 9 at the South Okanagan Events Center at 7 p.m.
The Warriors will be sending a fan bus down so call the office 250-769-7051 to book your seat.
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